How To Stop Fuel Related Service Calls

Today’s catalytically cracked #2 fuel oil generates solids at an accelerated rate causing a significant increase in fuel related service calls compared to the straight run fuels of years past.  Microbial life, oxidation, water, changes in our distribution channels and other refinery changes also contribute to this rapid accumulation of gummy “black stuff” in today’s heating oil.  This chemical activity is called re-polymerization.  It also contributes to poor combustion, excess soot, and smoke.  Water and microbial life also promotes internal tank corrosion.


  • Reduce service calls therefore lowering operating costs.
  • Stop internal tank corrosion.
  • Increase customer satisfaction through improved reliability and performance.


  1. Good storage tank maintenance at bulk plant and customer.  Tanks should be measured for water and sludge.  A zone sampler is effective in providing a visual section of the bottom 6 to 12”.  If there is an emulsion (a mixture of water and fuel), it will appear as a “milk shake” in the zone sampler or simply dots on the waterfinder paste on your stick.  FuelArmor™ additive will break the emulsion providing clear separation of water and fuel.  Significant sludge and water should be removed.
  2. Use FuelArmor™ additive package from Beckett Additives to address all of the problems above.
  3. Fuel tanks should always be kept full, as your customer will allow minimizing condensation.
  4. Random lab analysis of source fuels for the presence of contaminants.

Beckett Additives offers an additive package that will meet all of these needs: Both oxidation and re-polymerization stability; micro biocide; corrosion inhibitor; detergent/dispersant; and break emulsions.  The additive is concentrated so that low doses will get the job done.  The product is 100% soluble in fuel so that it is easily mixed with fuel anywhere from the rack to the tank.


  1. Identify the problem tanks with repeat service calls for filters, nozzles and strainers.  Stick them for water and pump off the excess water and sludge.  Treat with an 8oz. annual treatment dose of  FuelArmor™ additive.  This will effectively treat and maintain the next 1,000 gallons.  Following this procedure during summer contract work will significantly cut down on callbacks when winter deliveries begin as well as during winter service calls.
  2. Treat all fuel at a 1/15,000 gallon dose of  FuelArmor™ for preventive maintenance of all tanks and continued cleaning of problem tanks.  The additive will clean up the particulate suspended in the liquid fuel first and then slowly return small amounts of accumulated solids from the sides and the bottom of the tank into fuel.  The additive disperses this particulate into microscopic size in the fuel so it can be burned without extra filter plugging.

As time goes on you will be protecting your fuel from problems that accumulating solids cause in a liquid fuel system.  You will also be minimizing internal tank corrosion leading to fewer tank problems.

For further information call Beckett Additives at: (800) 645-2876.

Provided courtesy of:
Fuel Management Services
17321 Berkshire Drive
Jeffersonton, VA  22724
FuelArmor™ is a registered trademark of the R.W. Beckett Corp.

Please contact us for more information about how Beckett FuelArmor™  can improve fuel performance.

R.W. Beckett
P.O. Box 1928 Elyria, OH 44036
Shipping Address: 38251 Center Ridge Road North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Phone 866-OIL-CURE (866 645-2873) • Phone 440 353-6330

Beckett FuelArmor™ is a registered trademark of R.W. Beckett Corporation and is supplied by Fuel Management Services of Jeffersonton, Virginia.