Blocks freezing

Old 04-11-2009, 09:34 PM
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Its supposed to be in the mid 30s tomorrow night and I have no inside storage....any ideas? Can I just put a little electric heater in the engine compartment overnight?
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I think the general rule is for there to be an actual "hard freeze" and for a block to freeze it needs to be in the high 20s for at least 24 hours. It probably wouldn't hurt to set a bilge heater in just to be safe though.
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extension cord with a work light
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:08 PM
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Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
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YUP.. That always does the trick... Enough BTU's off of it that it will do wonders. Plus if it doesn't stay below freezing for 24 hours straight....You will have no worries..
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I do this off and on as needed using a 150 watt bulb and I have never had an issue...even when the temps get down into the teens and low 20's. Turn it on and close up the hatch.
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I also plug the vents with rags to stop the wind from blowing in, but make sure you have no gas leaks before the rags or the light. If it is covered well no rags needed if the vents are covered.
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Mid 30's won't freeze anything. I wouldn't worry about it.
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I meant mid 20's!!!! Jeez Im stupid!
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If its an overnight low of 28*, I wouldn't worry about it. If its 22*, then I would to something. Use a 100 watt shop light as said above. You could also fire the engines up on the hose late in the evening to build some heat up in the bilge. That or just pull some hoses and the block drains.
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Mid 30's here in MN is a thaw. I would also agree a shop light will be more then enough. At mid 30's I really think your fine. Run the motors, get them hot, a shop light and your good.
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