Diesel is commercially available in many grades. The grades of course have their own advantages and disadvantages and must forgo certain characteristics in order to achieve different features. For example, #1 grade diesel fuel has lower energy components compared to, #2 grade diesel fuel. #2 diesel fuel will also gel up in cold weather environments. Read more to help you understand the differences between #1 and #2 diesel fuel varieties.
#1 diesel fuel#1 diesel fuel products have less energy components and are more expensive than, #2 grade products. However, it rarely has problems in cold weather conditions, which is completely the opposite of #2 grade. This is because paraffin (a type of wax) has been removed from the chemical mix. The absence of this chemical allows it to remain in liquid form during the winter months.
#2 diesel fuel#2 diesel fuel is the most readily available at most gas stations throughout the world. This chemical compound holds the highest amount of energy components and lubricant properties in one mixture and offers the best fuel performance available on the market today. Most studies show that #2 grade diesel fuel will protect injection pumps, seals, and other important engine parts.
Typically, #2 diesel fuel is less expensive than #1 diesel fuel.The downside to #2 diesel is its tendency to mold into a thickened gel when the temperature drops. This often leads to hard starts and other complications during winter.
Where to find high-quality diesel fuelAt Team Petroleum we are a family owned & operated petroleum distributor serving Northern Colorado, with sister locations in Wyoming and Nebraska. We specialize in servicing customers in the industrial, commercial, construction, agricultural and ranching industries by supplying fuel and lubricant products to customers throughout Wyoming and Nebraska. If your business is in need of wholesale fuel or if you have any questions give us a call at 970-482-2533 or Contact Us by email.
Preparing for winter can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few tips to help you get your machines prepared for the harsh winter season.
Team Petroleum services most of Northern Colorado. We ensure the best customer service, quality care and products. Team Petroleum offers delivery of bulk fuel, oil and, more. Reach out to Team Petroleum for all your oil needs in the Northern Colorado area.
OUR CLEANING PROCESS IS MORE THAN A TOUCH-UP
With every completed project, our experts give you a report sheet detailing the status of your tank before and after cleaning. Three separate samples are also taken before, during, and after the cleaning process.
A detailed examination is conducted during your tank cleaning to ensure you that your fuel is safe to use and store, keeping your equipment moving so you can get the job done.
Microbe and water tests are conducted in the beginning of the process to display how much of your tank is contaminated and where that contamination lies within the tank. After examining the tank’s current condition, the next step is to clean and grind off any dirt or microbes stuck to the tank that could potential damage your fuel. Upon completion, the tank and fuel is then re-examined to ensure the job was done right.
Our cleaning process is perfectly paired with our tank renting system. Keeping your equipment fueled and protected is our guarantee. Get in touch with the experts at Dooley. 👍
BENEFITS TO tANK cLEANING
One of the most common fuel contaminants is water. Water, of course, doesn’t burn. Nor does it mix with diesel or other oil-based fuels. Water can get into your fuel system when its being filled, or from condensation from air that’s in the tanks. Water can mix with fuel to form a ‘mayonnaise-like’ goo that blocks filters and gets stuck in fuel lines, leading to system failure.
Microbes are also a problem, especially with modern fuels. They can get in to fuel tanks along with the air. After this they’re free to grow, largely clinging to fuel additives and living off of air in the system. Microbes can form both a jelly-like substance and sediment from their dead bodies. Both of these lead to fuel line blockage, filter blockage, and system failure.
Microbes are more common near water, so they can be especially problematic in marine industry. They’re also more of a problem where fuel is stored for a long time, so emergency tanks stored near the sea are especially vulnerable. The slime and sludge that microbes can produce may also cause equipment and fuel lines to crack, make filters last less time, and can cause raised emissions and black smoke. If your tank filters need changing a lot more often than usual, there’s a good chance that microbes are to blame.
Sediment, Sludge, and other Particles
Sediment formed from dying microbes, shed from decaying tanks, or brought in from outside as dust or dirt on the wind can also cause problems. Not only can it block pipes and filters, it can also get into running equipment and cause friction and other wear and tear on moving parts. Sometimes these particulates come from organic matter, such as dead microbes or other organic waste that has gotten into the tanks. Other times rust or even just plain old dirt is the culprit. Both of these are a big problem and need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Decaying matter especially can damage tanks and other equipment in the long term, leading to increased maintenance costs and sudden unpredictable failures.
The Benefits of Removing the Unwanted
Keeping your fuel supply clean and viable is essential no matter how long you store it, but the longer you store it for, the more likely you are to face problems with fuel degradation. Water and sediment in fuel can lead to blocked fuel filters on the equipment that’s using it. Ultimately you can end up seeing equipment suddenly fail. If mission critical equipment fails you can end up facing all of the problems the equipment should be protecting you from, along with a hefty maintenance bill. This is especially pertinent where lives are at stake, or in situations where power failure will lead to high costs for customers using your service.
Fuel contamination and degradation is one of the main causes of equipment failure in an emergency, making looking after your fuel a key part of your emergency back-up maintenance responsibility.
Why Should You Consider Tank Renting for Equipment Refueling?
Every piece of equipment no matter the industry needs to be refueling often and in a timely fashion to keep your projects up and running in order to meet your deadline.
Whether its mobile fueling or tank renting, both can provide a great alternative to traditional purchasing that allows you to adjust your cost efficiency and work production.
Why Rent a Tank?
This is a flexible option for fuel storage that allows you to reduce your outlay to a monthly payment. In fact the cost of a fuel tank rental can be factored into your ongoing fuel purchases so it can be indexed to a fixed price per gallon.
Whether it’s a short-term solution to cover some immediate fuel storage demand, such as a tank failure, or a long-term way of supplementing existing infrastructure to handle issues like seasonal variance and peak-demand. Tank renting fuel storage is a way of ramping up your fuel supply when its necessary and adding additional equipment as needed.
Easy Set-Up & Maintenance
Setting a tank is one of Team’s many specialties, and we can be in and out of your work area as fast and seamlessly as you need us to be. With the initial set-up also comes the first fueling of the rented tank and any maintenance issues along the way are a phone call away from fixed.
Relocatable & Convenient
Set up of our double-walled tanks is as easy as dropping them on-site. It’s also just as easy to pick it up and move it to a new location.
Wherever your project is located, tank renting be can be a great way of providing immediate access to fuel in remote areas, off-site projects and any situation where a long-term fuel storage solution may not be financially viable.
Whether you’re filling a large construction project, or just need an on-site fuel storage option for your business, Team Petroleum has you covered. Get in touch with the experts today. 👍
It’s that time of the year again. The temperatures have dropped and that white stuff has made its yearly appearance just in time for some winter fun. While some choose to hit the slopes, there are those looking for a different style of adrenaline rush. The snowmobile is there for them, a great way to spend a weekend when the beach simply isn't an option. Preparing your sled for the winter sports season is imperative to reduce weekend headaches.
Similar to prepping a car or truck for winter, there are several things that need to be maintained on your sled before it’s first winter trek. One of those specifically is the fuel system. Adding a high octane fuel to your tank is a perfect way to get your engine firing on all the right cylinders!
Check out some tips for using higher octane fuels in snowmobiles for different engines and sled types. ⬇
Tips For High Octane Fuel
Diesel trucks are used and loved by many. They provide traction and security in the winter, making many people's lives easier. Also, they are a huge source of supply transportation in the use of semi-trucks. However, the cold temperatures of winter can cause various problems for diesel engines. When it gets really cold, diesel fuel is especially under attack.
Paraffin is a wax used in diesel fuel; this wax can reach a solid-state when it reaches colder temperatures (generally in a range of minus-18 degrees F to 20 degrees F). This can cause expensive mechanical issues during the winter months. The gelled fuel can clog filters, damage injectors, or cause other serious harm to the engine. To prevent this, it’s recommended that diesel fuels be blended either with winter additives, like what is provided through Power Service, or a diesel No. 2 blend.
Using a No.1 and No.2 diesel blend can be a huge help in the wintertime. Diesel fuel No.1 doesn’t contain the paraffin wax making it much more durable in the colder temperatures, thus aiding the paraffin filled diesel No.2. To improve your diesel engines durability in the winter, diesel blending and Power Service additive are a must!
Tips for Blending Diesel Fuels
Its no secret that cold temperatures turn engine oil into molasses, especially heavy oils like 15W-40. Therefore, switching to a lighter oil in your engine points towards easier starts for your vehicle in the winter.
Some vehicles come with a viscosity chart in the owner’s manual, this chart explains and suggest which oil should be used in your car for certain temperatures. Generally, a vehicle that uses 10W-30 regularly should switch to a lighter oil like 5W-30 in the wintertime. This protects your engine from winter wear and tear and helps your engine start easier.
The glow plug is one of the most important features of diesel engines. Almost like a first defense against the cold, glow plugs help your diesel engine start in the cold and prevent damage from freezing temperatures. Testing and replacing these little gadgets should be on every diesel owner’s winter prep checklist.
In a nutshell, slow starting, and complete failure to start. Once the vehicle does start, missing, rough idle, hesitation, and lots of white smoke until the engine warms. If you have a four-cylinder, one glow plug bad will cause a slight hard starting and a miss. Two will cause a very hard start and very rough operation. Three bad plugs make the vehicle almost impossible to start and keep running. The same applies to larger engines. If your vehicle starts OK if you plug in the block heater overnight, but will not start if you do not, then you probably have a glowplug issue unless your engine has very low compression.
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While Power Service 9-1-1 products are perfect for fuel gelling emergencies, wouldn’t it be easier to just prevent the emergency?
Changing out your fuel filter is a great way to start the winter trek. The current fuel filter in your engine may contain some water from the changes in temperature or excess fuel that can turn into a gel. In the case of paraffin precipitation from fuel, a dirty fuel filter will clog up much faster, and to a greater extent, than a new filter. It is worth changing the fuel filter before every winter, especially since new filters are much more effective in stopping contaminants and separating water.
This is one of those basic maintenance things. While it's easy to put off it's necessary to get it taken care of. If your fuel flow becomes reduced because foreign particles are not being filtered out, then you will risk reducing your engine's performance, as it won't be able to freely draw fuel, as it so desires. So, be sure you are mindful of signs that it's time to replace the filter.
When should you change your filter: