In our last post, we looked at winter additives specific to preventing gelling. This post will look at other aspects of winter preparation for fuel systems and equipment. Taking the necessary steps to properly maintain your fuel will ensure fewer cold weather issues.
Preventing ice formation in fuel is probably the most important step to preparing for cold winters. Any water present will freeze, damaging fuel lines, clogging filters and result in equipment or engine failure.
The following are 6 simple steps to managing fuel during the winter.
- Sample your fuel weekly to identify any water issues.
- Drain and remove all free water found. If it freezes, it will cause serious damage and system failure. This is the most essential step for winter fuel management.
- If you have an above ground tank that can be tilted away from the outlet, tilt it and regularly drain any water that forms. Above ground tanks without proper drainage can be very difficult to manage in colder climates.
- Use Biobor DC + Cetane Winter Blend to keep diesel from gelling, alleviate ignition issues due to cold weather and preserve your fuel quality through the harsh weather events.
- Use Biobor JF at least quarterly to kill any microbial contaminants. YES, microbes are still an issue even in cold weather.
- Have your tanks cleaned at the end of each winter season.
It’s never too late to winterize your fuel. Although it is much better to start before the storm hits. Don’t wait; contact Hammonds Fuel Additives for help. We have the know how and the products to keep you running through the winter.