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I realize that many of you do not have diesel machines.  For those that do, this is for you:

Just wanted to post my experience this past week.  Here in Texas, we had pretty good dip in temps.  For 4 days it did not get above 25.  At night, it was single digits or close to it.  I always put Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer in the storage tank (30 gallon).  And up until this tank I was using Power Service (white bottle) for anti-gel.  Never had an issue.

This tank, however, I switched to Stabil All season (anti gel).  It is supposed to good down to -40.  Zap.  That is a big fat lie.  I put in twice the amount called for in the instructions.  Result was less than optimal.  I drove the SxS 100 feet (to go get the mail) and it died.  I looked at the fuel bowl and it was a cloudy, wax substance.  So, the Stabil did not work.  That said, I'm not sure that I ever tested the Power Service in the same manner.  So I am not saying that one is better than the other.

What are your experiences?  Are these products inferior?  What do you folks in the northern states / Canada use?  Am I missing something?

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Irony is this...

In Canada all our diesel fuel has anti gel in it, right at the pump.

As winter approaches that is adjusted b 4 its even in the tanker.

So if you have an old jerry can from summer, there is a chance it may gel dead of winter -35 but still usually not.

However I will ask some of my friends about what they use, if they do.

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It's not water as far I can tell.  This is diesel that I purchased in summer time.  But .... that is why I added the anti-gel.  My buddy had the same issue with some of his earth moving equipment.  He admitted to not adding any anti gel.  So that is what has me puzzled.  Either the brand I used (Sta-Bill All Season) does not work, or I got a bad batch ... or ?

Just puzzled since I have never had this issue before.  I guess the safest thing for me to do is go back Power Service brand additive.  Or I could try Lucas.

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