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We are a Boundary Waters canoe trip outfitter, Quetico outfitter, and guide service in Ely, Minnesota. This Boundary Waters blog shares photos, stories, humor, skills, and naturalist insights from guiding in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Most entries are from our founder and head guide, Jason Zabokrtsky. He is the Boundary Waters Blogger.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Electric Truck?

No. It's an electric block heater.

Woke up to 38 below again this morning. The heater is important in these frigid temps. It keeps the oil warmed so my truck starts in the morning.

The electric block heater is also much safer than using a camp stove or building a small fire under the oil pan to warm it. Yes, people sometimes put open flames under their oil pans to warm them. No, that is not a good idea. Think: bigger fire than expected. Yes, it happens.


Jason Zabokrtsky said...

To Chris P: Welcome to Ely! I had my block heater installed by Tony's service station across from Piragis in Ely for about $100.

Jason Zabokrtsky said...

I've heard that Toyota trucks are designed to easily install block heaters. Some motors simply have a plug that is unscrewed and replaced with the heater. However, the process requires draining and refilling the coolant... so I had a mechanic do it.

grenzlos said...

Thanks Jason. I appreciate it. Maybe I'll see you around town. (Or out on the water). Happy fall!