I’m watching local Doppler radar and I think that it might be prudent for me to get out of Dodge… or Sterling, Illinois.  I’m aborting my plan to head into tornado alley to see the Kansas City Royals game (get rained out).  I’ll provide great details about my fabulous experience at Wrigley in my next entry but in the meantime check out this great info from a friend of my sister:

Hey Karl.
Great thing you are doing.
You can use B99 in your diesel truck as long as it’s not ten years old.  The reason being that biodiesel breaks down the rubber in fuel hoses.  Ten years ago they stopped making the hoses entirely out of rubber and started using a metal weave as well as other products.

However the biggest thing to keep in mind when using biodiesel in an engine that has mainly seen petroleum diesel is that biodiesel has a very high lubricity.  That means the biodiesel is going to flush all that petroleum gunk out and into the fuel filter.  So have plenty of fuel filters on hand to get yourself going.

Many people that begin using biodiesel in this application start to get engine failure so they think.  “It must have been a bad batch of biodiesel”.  No, it’s actually the biodiesel working and flushing the engine.  In fact the engines love biofuel.  Just look into that first fuel filter when you change it.  You’ll wonder how the engine ran in the first place with all that gunk in it.

On your endeavor don’t lose sight of the big picture.  In other words don’t drive 50 miles out of your way to get biodiesel over petroleum to try and clean up your carbon footprint.  Those extra 50 miles could actual make it bigger.

I assume you have been using the great www.biodiesel.org site to track down retail biodiesel pumps along the way?
Safe travels.

Chris Fussell