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Why should I treat my bulk fuel with a premium fuel supplement when most customers just want the cheapest fuel possible?
I think what customers are really saying is “they want to get the most out of their fuel dollar they are spending”. With fuel at $4.00/gal. and higher, every 1 % fuel economy increase amounts to a cost savings of .04 cpg.  Typical fuel economy savings will by itself return far more in cost savings than the cost of the premium fuel supplement.  Our premium fuel supplements also provide the added benefits of lubricity, detergency, moisture demulsification, rust & corrosion inhibitors, stabilizers, anti-oxidants and cetane improvement.  The enhanced quality of your fuel will distinguish your company’s fuel from your competition for a very low cost.

Why do your anti-gels not lower the cloud point of the fuel?
Anti-gels will not lower the cloud point of the fuel.  Cloud point is the measurement of how much wax is in a specific fuel and the only way to lower cloud point is by dilution.  The only way to dilute the wax (thin it out) is by blending in a low wax product like #1 fuel oil (kerosene). Rule of thumb for blending is for every 10% blend of #1 you can expect a 2-4 degree reduction in cloud point.

If your anti-gels do not lower the cloud point what do they do?
Our anti-gels are designed to modify the shape of wax crystals, break up wax crystals into smaller particles, and chemically treat the crystals to prevent them from attaching to one another and forming larger particles. The smaller crystals will allow for increased fuel filterability and promote allow the fuel to continued flow through the fuel filter in cold temperatures.

I have had end user customers with bacterial issues in the past, how can I prevent his bacterial issue from reoccurring?
Once a tank has had a bacterial issue, it is more susceptible to a reoccurrence.  We suggest using one of our high  quality premium fuel supplements year round to provide moisture control and fuel stability. This will extend the life of your fuel.  We would also suggest semi-annual treatments with our biocide, Kathon, at either the preventative or kill treatment ratios.  Good housekeeping procedures are always suggested on tanks whether they are above or below ground tanks.  These procedures would include daily physical monitoring of moisture levels and remediation (moisture removal) if needed.

We are very concerned about cold weather and its effect on our diesel.  It can gel and clog filters if it gets too cold.  How will ET Products cold flow additives help solve this problem?

Cold flow additives work by preventing the formation of large wax crystals that would generally clog a filter.  Give a fuel with a given cloud point, the fuel’s ability without additive to pass through a filter is usually just a degree or two below that cloud point.  Using ET Products proprietary blends of cold flow additive, that fuel will then be able to pass through a filter at much lower temperatures.  Using the result of CFPP (Cold Filter Plugging Point) testing, a typical diesel will not fail this test until 12 – 24 degrees F below the Cloud Point.  

How much lubricity is needed in diesel fuel?  Bio content adds lubricity to a fuel, but the amount of bio content is not always known.  Could too much lubricity be a problem?

To be sure added lubricity in diesel fuel will not harm an engine, however, it is the goal of the distribution system to provide the best fuel at a competitive cost, so formulating the correct additive requires knowledge of the fuel and market that is being served.  ET Products are experts in fuels and are able to formulate the correct products for your needs. Lubricity is very essential for extended engine life and reduce engine repairs/maintenance.  Before EPA mandates of low sulfur and Ultra low sulfur fuels came into play, fuel had much more natural lubricating value but as the sulfur was removed much of the natural lubricating value of the fuel was lost and with today’s much more technological advanced engines.  When these changes were made to fuels work was done to measure and set lubricity guidelines to prevent engine and fuel pump wear.  ASTM D975 requires #2 diesel fuel to have an average wear scar value of less than 520 microns.  The Equipment Manufacturers of America (EMA) have tightened their recommendations to require a 460 micron wear scar average or less.  ET Products additives are fully formulated to take these requirements and needs of our customers into account.

 

 

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