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Posted by Steve Spence on November 30, 2005, 2:22 pm

RF Dude wrote:

air cooled lister? hmmm.... all the ones I've seen are water cooled.

We start our detroit diesel 2-71 (outdoors at -40) with no preheater,
just a shot of ether. Hard on starters. Boxing it in and putting a
propane water heater inline with the cooling system.

Our neighbors propane ford powered 30kw unit won't start in cold temps

Steve Spence
Dir., Green Trust, http://www.green-trust.org
Contributing Editor, http://www.off-grid.net

Posted by markvictor on December 14, 2005, 9:40 pm

Lister has manufactured a full line of air-cooled diesels for many
I have used them on Diving compressors and Hydraulic power sources...
In both McMurdo station Antarctica and on the polar ice cap not far
from the pole;
most were hand cranked...not easy to start with or without ether!

Posted by Steve Stone on December 15, 2005, 2:44 am

I'm in New York. I have a small inexpensive 5kw  10hp pull start B&S powered
Using 5w-30 Mobil 1 in the crankcase helps in the cold weather. Not a total
solution but better than dino oil.

Posted by Ignoramus5455 on November 30, 2005, 2:40 pm

The way I start my diesel generator is as follows. I flip the "glow
plug" switch on for a minute, and then flip the START switch.

Do they have glow plugs?

Note that it is not very easy to have a simple standby heater that
would not be prone to disastrous failures (such as fires due to, say,
mice building a next next to it etc).

If your diesel does not have glow plugs, and does not start from hot
air blown into air intake, I would invest in some sort of propane
torch powered from propane tanks. Could be the safest and cheapest
solution. This assumes that your diesel lives in some enclosure.


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