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View Poll Results: How cold are you expecting this winter to get where you live?
68f (20c) 9 6.25%
50f (10c) 9 6.25%
32f (0c) 36 25.00%
14f (-10c) 29 20.14%
-4f (-20c) 28 19.44%
-22f (-30) 23 15.97%
-40f (-40c) 10 6.94%
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:49 PM
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Question How cold is it going to get where you are?

Just a poll to see how cold you expect winter where you are from.
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:55 PM
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I didn't 80's - 90's on your list, so I couldn't vote

H2o still mid- 70's here in Winter Wonderland
Head'n out shortly for a barefoot run w/ jus' a suit

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Old 12-09-2007, 12:57 PM
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38 right now!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-09-2007, 12:59 PM
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high of 81 here today. should be on the 5th or 6th hole (3rd or 4th drink) when we reach the high.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:00 PM
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Like, lowest temps or what??
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:13 PM
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Okay this will be interesting question for some of our warm climate inhabitants;

Describe a 'block heater':
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:15 PM
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Like, lowest temps or what??
Yeah, the lowest you expect it to reach. We usually hit -40 at least once each couple of years. It has been about -15-20c for the last two weeks here. Not looking forward to the next energy bills!
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:22 PM
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Okay this will be interesting question for some of our warm climate inhabitants;

Describe a 'block heater':
Block heater

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A typical block heater cord.


A block heater is an electric heater that heats the engine of a car to ease starting in cold weather.

They are connected to normal AC power overnight or before driving, via regular power plugs that are fed through a vehicle's grille. This allows easier starting in cold temperatures, by keeping the coolant warm. Heaters are also available for motor oil so that warm oil can quickly circulate and warm the engine during startup. The rapid heat circulation caused by block heaters also aids the initial vaporization of fuel in the engine; because of this effect, block heaters reduce pollution, as poor fuel vaporization causes much higher emissions.
Block heaters are widely used in many northern U.S. states, and are very common in countries with colder climates like Canada and Scandinavia. In colder climates block heaters are often standard equipment in new vehicles. In extremely cold climates, electrical outlets are sometimes found in public or private parking lots, especially in multi-storey car parks. Some parking lots cycle the power on for 20 minutes and off for 20 minutes (e.g. the Light Rail Transit lots for a number of Canadian cities), in order to reduce electricity costs. This results in a decrease in heating effectiveness for the average block heater. However, to what extent this reduces block temperatures in −30 degrees Celsius (−20 degrees Fahrenheit) weather is in question.
Block heaters are usually inserted into a freeze plug manufacturing hole in the cylinder block, heating the metal, coolant and oil. These can be installed at the factory, or by any qualified automotive service center. A block heater can even be installed by the handy do-it-yourself'er.

There are many alternatives to a block heater that have some of the same benefits. A particularly simple option is to buy an after market heater that is attached to the oil pan, sometimes with magnets. Also, one can even get a heated dipstick. Another alternative to block heaters is a battery warmer, which keeps just the battery warm. This maintains the efficiency of the battery, which is highly dependent on temperature, and is cheaper than heating the entire engine block. Heated blankets are available for the entire engine area, as well. A standard timer switch can be used with any of these heaters, so that it does not have to be left on all the time. This can help lower the electrical costs of owning and using a block heater.

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Old 12-09-2007, 01:36 PM
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Should get into the 50's at night over here in the middle east.
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Old 12-09-2007, 01:40 PM
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Since it has already gotten below 32 this year in Atlanta, I picked 14, but we were out on the lake this morning fishing and it was 52 at 6am. As far as a block heater is concerned, I have one on my truck, but never have had to use it.
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