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Thread: Cold start Ether kit vs Intake heater

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    Default Cold start Ether kit vs Intake heater

    Which is better?

    I have one truck with the ether shot, and one truck with the fuel fired intake heater. I would like to adopt whichever is the "best" on whichever truck I end up keeping.


    By "best" I mean most effective with least maintenance.

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    Quick shot, the flame heaters have been known to go bad and cause problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MWMULES View Post
    Quick shot, the flame heaters have been known to go bad and cause problems.
    That's where my intuition lead me. Just thought I would ask the community.

    Unfortunately that means swapping the ether shot to the chassis that I hope to keep.

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    Flame heater is cool technology and, hey, a foot long flame in the intake is awesome. Ether start has a bottle, a solenoid/metering valve and a switch. Much less to go wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cattlerepairman View Post
    Flame heater is cool technology and, hey, a foot long flame in the intake is awesome. Ether start has a bottle, a solenoid/metering valve and a switch. Much less to go wrong.
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    I would keep the flame heater personally. Just because they are harder to find and really cool. All my M35s have had metered ether and it works great, but it is better to just put in a plug in block heater.
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    Had ether on two of the trucks, went to flame heaters. softer start I thought. All my trucks start without aid. In winter a short press of the heater switch is quite enough. Actually I quite like the "bump" as they ignite. just my 1/2 penne'th
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    What about ether for the start and the flame thrower in the exhaust stack
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    I live in ND and my Deuce has the flame heater on it and it starts absolutely awesome using that, now like was said if its not working well then you could certainly spray a shot of ether into the air intake and the truck will start then, once again I dont like using ether unless I HAVE TO, the flame heaters are a wondrous thing to behold and over the last 5 years I have never had a problem of any kind with mine! And its a LOT better for your engine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by VPed View Post
    What about ether for the start and the flame thrower in the exhaust stack
    I like your thinking !

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