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Old 11-25-2012, 01:10 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Just did some searching because it seems mine is burnt out and found that KAT made by Five Star Manufacturing seems to be a popular brand. All 3 are showing in stock at my local Napa.

From their catalog what they list for the 6.5's:

10612 permanent frost plug heater (not sure what this is or who sells them)
11612 removable frost plug heater approx $26
notes, installed 12 o clock position left center hole 600 watts

14700 Lower radiator hose 600 watts approx $40
13150 external tank 1500 watts approx $75

here is the link to the page where you can get their catalog:
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #32 (permalink)
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After contemplating this some more I remembered that a few years back I bought an inline coolant heater at a garage sale. Sure enough, with some digging in the garage, I found it. It's an oldie, but that probably explains why it actually still works.

It's 800 watts, so I think I'll go with a 600w block heater in addition to this which will about max out a standard 15A receptacle.

Now I just have to find time to get this done.... :-/

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #33 (permalink)
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i know with my stick on oil pan heater and my one block heater plugged in for 2-3 hours truck so much quiter and it throwing heat in minutes when i install my new optimizer i will be putting in 2 block heaters even if they do kick off both sides of the block will be up to temp not just one hot and other slightly warm

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