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What are the best options for adding a stand alone heater to a HEMI...I am thinking Wesbaso or Espar or similar.

We have had some extreme cold temps this year for two months already...windchills colder than -50 and ambient temps around -40C. Even when plugged in the hemi was making some horrible sounds; however I need to be able to start the truck at -40 without power
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Those heaters are diesel, that could be problematic. So you don't have electricity? I'm thinking a spare 8 D battery that you keep warm and charged in the house. Get an inverter big enough to run a block heater, put it on a timer to turn on the block heater a couple hours before you need to start. If you have to recharge the 8D, you should be able to run long jumpers into the house from the Ram battery. I recently lost my electricity for a week, but it only got down to -22F. I was able to run stuff in my house of an inverter on my Ram's battery (Yellow Top) . Unfortunately, my inverter would kick off when I ran the Ram, because it didn't like the Ram's 14.8-15 volt charging, so I had to run back and forth to keep my battery charged enough to start the truck. Last time we had -40F, I drove a Tacoma, it really hated to start. Had a Mazda car that broke the cam shaft off at -40. You might also put a warming blanket on the battery.
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I am interested in the gas fired unit..most are diesel but they do make a gas unit as well.

the unit is required for when we don't have access to power..say 50 miles out of town and the temps drop below -40C/F.
Block heaters and battery blankets are SOP up here in the arctic...we have a block heater on our skidoo!

Any one install one in a hemi??

Our local shop quoted 10 hours to install at $165/hr. so it would be nice to hear how they work before committing.
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Um if you're 50 miles away from a plug-in at -40,what are you doing shutting it off,and how in hell do you keep yourself warm with-out power of some sort.
I worked north of Wandering River for one winter many moons ago,at -40 and colder,we never shut anything off.
We used big parachutes to cover everything at night,and still left the trucks running under the chutes.
Only did one winter up there,as that was enough to send me back down south,lol
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the usual...skidooing, ice fishing, cutting firewood or exploring...sitting in front of the woodstove at the cabin.
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LOL,okay i hadn't thought of that
I thought you were in a Camp.

This is real old school,but we used to use Propane Tiger Torchs and a piece of stove pipe to warm things up .
A few pieces of pipe and an elbow with the torch stuck in the end of the pipe,slid under the oil pan,warms things up pretty fast
Would something like that work.
Those gas powered heaters burn fuel probably almost as fast as the truck would if it's left idling
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