Temperatures falling to 30 below and snow piling up to your waist would make just about anyone nervous about using any type of transportation fuel. But the National Biodiesel Board‘s Biodiesel Bulletin says the folks at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming are proving that biodiesel works just fine in their snow cats and plows when it’s bone-chilling cold.
“I admit I was nervous the first winter we used biodiesel blends, but I’ve never looked back,” [fleet manager Steve] Parker says. “We’ve never had a problem with biodiesel, even on the coldest days.” Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is a Stakeholder in the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition, which has supported biodiesel outreach and education throughout the region. The National Biodiesel Board shared the resort’s winter success with biodiesel in a national message to biodiesel users across the country to educate about winter handling best practices.
Like regular diesel fuel, biodiesel can gel in very cold temperatures. Parker takes a few simple steps to ensure that his vehicles and equipment operate trouble-free all winter. First, he knows his fuel supplier and is confident that he is receiving high-quality fuel that meets the ASTM specification. In addition, his biodiesel is treated with a cold weather additive (just like regular diesel) and is tested periodically to verify its cold weather properties.
The NBB has several tips for making sure your biodiesel-powered machine is ready to go in the cold. Check ’em out here.