At what temperature does diesel fuel gel?

Diesel fuel gas will reach its gel point or pour point if the temperature drops from 6 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-14.44 to -12.22 degrees Celsius) below the cloud point. Other sources say that at about 10 to 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-12.22 to -9.44 degrees Celsius) the fuel will completely gel, clogging your tank, lines and fuel filters.

Diesel becomes gel because it is comprised of straight and branched chain hydrocarbons (also called paraffin waxes). The amount of paraffin wax diesel contains depends on the type of crude oil used to create the diesel fuel and the process used to manufacture it.

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Updated on Tuesday, January 21 2014 at 01:00PM EST
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