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patperry2766

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Posted: 12/19/21 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Live in N Texas and haven't had a problem, until this past winter.

With our "freezeageddon" this year, and no personal knowledge of the best additive, looking for suggestions from the northern climate truck owners.

All the anti-gel sold out here locally during the freeze, and I don't believe that they put anti-gel in the fuel here (I could be wrong), so I want to pick up something now and be prepared.


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I use this when its down right COLD - Power Diesel Fuel Supplement

Used it in all of my BIG Rigs back in the day and it works.


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Power service is what most people /industry use.
What temp did your diesel gel?
I wondered about that in Dallas when it was below zero.


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Howes Diesel Treat Anti-gel, Hot Shot Secret Anti-Gel are the 2 I use here in CNY even tho the fuel is treated at place of purchase. I don't take any chances. In case you do gel up, 911 or Melt Down. Never have use the Melt Down, but that's what our shop gave us too use along w/ Diesel Thaw as a Anti-Gel (never used that one either). What ever brand you go with, watch your ratios.

One thing to remember as well is that if a gel up product is used, it may not get to the filter where it's actually gelled up, so you'll end up having to replace the filter(s). So some would say "What's the sense in using it then?" which is true, but it will treat any fuel in tank to prevent it from gelling up in filter(s). Again, watch your ratios.


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I never have used anything in my truck for 25 years in Michigan, no problems ever. 1also would travel across the country in early winter no problem.
Solved any potential problem years ago by spending winter in Florida . lol


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tomman58 wrote:

I never have used anything in my truck for 25 years in Michigan, no problems ever. 1also would travel across the country in early winter no problem.
Solved any potential problem years ago by spending winter in Florida . lol


I almost confident that they put additives in the cold weather states like you're referencing. Here in Texas...not so much

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ACZL wrote:

Howes Diesel Treat Anti-gel, Hot Shot Secret Anti-Gel are the 2 I use here in CNY even tho the fuel is treated at place of purchase. I don't take any chances. In case you do gel up, 911 or Melt Down. Never have use the Melt Down, but that's what our shop gave us too use along w/ Diesel Thaw as a Anti-Gel (never used that one either). What ever brand you go with, watch your ratios.

One thing to remember as well is that if a gel up product is used, it may not get to the filter where it's actually gelled up, so you'll end up having to replace the filter(s). So some would say "What's the sense in using it then?" which is true, but it will treat any fuel in tank to prevent it from gelling up in filter(s). Again, watch your ratios.


We only had about a week of really cold Texas weather. Never had any problems into the 20's, but we hovered around -0- for about 3 days and my truck wouldn't start till it warmed up

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ford truck guy wrote:

I use this when its down right COLD - Power Diesel Fuel Supplement

Used it in all of my BIG Rigs back in the day and it works.


Same here. I have used it for about 35 years, even when I hauled fuel. That is what many places use to treat their bulk fuel.

I don't gel, but I don't trust anyone else blending my fuel either. I do carry Power Service 911 just in case, and have used it when I had to take a truck that wasn't used much and was filled with straight untreated #2 fuel. It worked, but like was said, you also have to treat the filter.

I have never used Howes, but I have also never seen anyone sitting along side the road in below zero F weather that did use it.


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One thing to do with fuel conditioners, be it for gas or diesel. Don't put it in with a full tank, then walk away! Turn the motor on for 5-10 min, so the conditioner gets into ALL the fuel lines, filters etc otherwise you're really not helping you potential problem
With this said, I've had good luck with products by Bell industries for the diesels I've owned and own now. Gas Sta-Bil has worked well, both std red, and marine dk blue version.

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FWIW, Amazon has several products available in stock.


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