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Negative elements like excess water, tiny pieces of debris, and various age-induced waste products have long impacted the quality and cleanness of fuel in diesel tanks. Controlling contaminants is more important now than ever before, because diesel systems have become more refined to satisfy emissions requirements. Things like the safety measures taken when handling diesel fuel, how it is stored, and how it is dispensed are important considerations.

The basics of handling diesel fuel

At the very least, proper automotive maintenance demands replacing diesel fuel filters regularly with manufacturer-recommended filters. Draining the main filter just as frequently is also necessary. You should remove water from the gas tank from time to time and keep the tank’s particle filter in its correct position as well. Other maintenance tasks include replacing the tank’s desiccant breather as needed and using the right fuel grade for the vehicle’s environmental temperature.

When fueling portable tanks on the road, they should be inclined on the bed of the truck/trailer with a drainage line on the lower end. This practice gets rid of excess water. It is also wise to keep the pump’s collection line from touching the bottom of the tank, to prevent it from becoming contaminated.

Storing diesel fuel properly is vital

To keep fuels burning clean, it is important to “turn them over” as much as possible to reduce excess moisture and bacteria development. Using smaller storage tanks ensures regular turnover. Large quantities of diesel fuel should ideally be stored indoors, away from direct sunlight. This prevents any extremes in temperature that create moisture build-up.

Many experts also advise against storing diesel fuel in galvanized tanks. Experience has shown that diesel fuel has volatile chemical reactions with zinc compounds, which may settle into an engine and cause it to run poorly.

Fleet operators are advised to test and filter fuel when they receive it for storage. Upon delivery, samples ought to be clear, not cloudy or filled with suspended particles. They should likewise look at a shipment’s COA (certificate of analysis) to make sure its date of manufacture complies with ASTM regulations.

Filtering diesel fuel

For storage tanks that have been mounted on an incline to move fuel in and out, ISO Cleanliness Codes suggest a level of cleanness of 14/13/11. Diesel fuel is commonly received at 22/21/18. Once the product has been stored, water must be vigilantly prevented from entering the storage tank. Desiccant breathers are used to eliminate moisture and particles from the air that enters the tank whenever fuel is siphoned out. Exclusive drying units and reservoir vents are also used, which work by enveloping fuels in dry air to eliminate excess moisture.

Using a storage tank cleaning system and preservatives

A variety of special systems are on the market for cleaning small to medium-sized storage and on-vessel tanks. The majority of these systems work by distributing the tank’s material through a number of filters. Usually, the systems first eliminate any excess water or silt at the base of the fuel tank. Then, the cleaning systems begin the actual filtering or buffing stage.

With regard to treating wholesale diesel fuel with chemical additives, motor and machinery manufacturers typically recommend using antimicrobials to prevent the growth of bacteria. It is sometimes recommended to use these preservatives as often as twice a year. A number of antimicrobials are specifically created to work at the interface between water and fuel, where bacterial growth is most prevalent.

You should check with the manufacturer of your motors or machinery about using preservatives, particularly if you’ve been experiencing any diesel-related issues.

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