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Old 01-21-2018, 10:23 AM   #1
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Where to find B5 for Isata 3s

Thought this deserved a thread of its own.

What gas stations have you found that always have B5?

If I remember correctly, Shell has always had B5, except for 1 Shell truck stop in OH.

Havenít seen a Pilot, Loves or a BP gas station with B5.

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Old 01-21-2018, 11:32 AM   #2
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I have not seen "B5" diesel anywhere, yet. Here, in Oregon, all I see is B20 and while traveling out to Colorado and back, I never saw a station with B5 - it was always B20 or ULSD. I stick with ULSD in my MBS. As time goes on, this may have to change based on what is available, though.
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Old 01-21-2018, 12:09 PM   #3
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If you avoid truck stops you shouldn't have any trouble finding ULSD
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If the diesel pump is NOT labeled it is all petroleum or up to 5% (B5) biodiesel. I have also seen B5-B20 and B20 labels particularly at truck stops.
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Pretty much all diesel sold is ULSD regardless of how much biodiesel it contains.

Seems like the only nonULSD available is for off road use, marine and farming. Even those will be switching.
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Retail Map - Biodiesel.org

Check out the National Biodiesel Board Web site to find a B20 pump near you. Also a new toll-free number will help motorists and truckers find retail availability anywhere in the United States. Call 866-BIODIESEL to find a biodiesel pump near you. The biodiesel hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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If you avoid truck stops you shouldn't have any trouble finding ULSD
Oddly enough, when I was traveling, I avoided truck stops because of the biodiesel issue. I was surprised at how many diesel stations were pumping Bio only. Thats the reason I always stop with a 1/4 tank of fuel to get diesel, in case I have to move on. Just makes trips more interesting, I suppose.
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Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating than conventional diesel. Biodiesel has been tested for more than 50 million miles and has showed similar fuel consumption, torque and horsepower as conventional diesel fuel. It also has superior lubricity and has the highest BTU content of any alternative fuel. Besides reducing knock, higher cetane values are indicative of a fuel that burns slowly. In general, the slower a fuel burns, the more efficient it is to extract energy from it. Thus, a higher cetane also reveals a more energy efficient fuel.
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MB doesn't want above B5 in these engines. Winds up diluting the motor oil and potential damage from that result.

I have been able to avoid the B20 except for a tank in MN last August, one tank in 8k miles isn't the end of the world.
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okay people what is it with all these technical numbers for diesel fuel? All I know in Alaska is a winter diesel and a normal diesel. I pull up to a fuel station for refill I look for a green handle in the lower forty eight or a yellow handle in Canada. seems to work and though I have seen pumps that look like gas/diesel with numbers about bio something, I stay away from them. Winter diesel won't jell and regular diesel burns thru normal ambient temps. I also have a dodge 2500 with a cummins diesel and have driven from prudoe bay/north slope to key west and follow/use the same pump colors, with no problems.
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