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Biodiesel is hazardous to ALL Pressure Washers' Health!

Biodiesel can be found everywhere these days. Biodiesel refers to a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel. Biodiesel is typically made by chemically reacting liquids (e.g. vegetable oil, animal fat) with alcohol producing fatty acid esters. This is blended in varying amounts depending on your location.

Biodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and can be used alone or blended with petro diesel in any proportions. However, Biodiesel used as an alternative to heating oil has its consequences. Biodiesel used in a pressure washer burner doesn't have the same lubricative qualities as petro diesel, nor does it burn completely. Using biodiesel in a pressure washer causes burner parts to stick and lock up, and soot buildup on the burner coil.

Cost:
Biodiesel is more expensive than diesel. It is also an unbelievable solvent and will clean your tank and lines while gumming up your system with diesel residue.

Use Biodiesel and your coil will soot up again and again. Soot causes a variety of problems including difficulties with draft, efficiency, and carbon monoxide. Soot plugs the coil and reduces the airflow which in turn, reduces the pressure washer's efficiency and overall equipment life. As soot builds up on the burner coil, fuel consumption and costs increase. Further use of a machine with soot buildup will eventually cause complete burner failure or even worse, a fire.

Cost to Own:
Using Biodiesel will cause your maintenance costs to skyrocket, and your efficiency to drop. It also requires synthetic fuel lines and different, more expensive fuel pumps and filters (even with these you can only use 20% Biodiesel).

Burner component manufacturers prefer that you use no Biodiesel, but in a pinch never more than 5%. Then, get good fuel back into your pressure washer as soon as possible.

Recommended fuels for your pressure washer: Kerosene, home heating fuel, off road diesel, JP-4, or pure #2 diesel.

Give the pros at Hotsy Cleaning Systems a call with any questions you have regarding fuels to use in your pressure washer. Contact our service department toll-free at (800) 242-2353.