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.
- 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.
- Use FuelArmor™ additive package
from Beckett Additives to address all
of the problems above.
- Fuel tanks should always be kept full, as your customer will allow minimizing condensation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
Provided courtesy of:
Fuel Management Services
17321 Berkshire Drive
Jeffersonton, VA 22724
FuelArmor™ is a registered trademark of
the R.W. Beckett Corp.