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Advantages of winter grade red diesel

Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we are leading red diesel providers. We work with businesses and industries across the UK, with reliable, high quality delivery options. So, for all your fuel needs, you can count on us. This includes winter grade red diesel. But what are the advantages and benefits of this?

What are the advantages of winter grade red diesel?

There are a number of advantages and benefits to using the correct type of fuel at the right time of year. For most companies, businesses, and heavy machinery operators, it is essential and necessary to switch fuel grades at this time of year. This is because:

  • Winter grade fuel is formulated for low temperatures
  • Winter grade fuel is easier to store

Winter grade red diesel is formulated for low temperatures

All diesel fuels contain paraffin in liquid form, dissolved in the diesel, to enable efficient combustion. But when the temperature drops low enough, these paraffins will begin to solidify and create crystals. These block the fuel filter and potentially the narrow bore pipework can become completely blocked resulting in complete engine failure. The temperature at which this crystalisation occurs, differs between summer and winter fuel grades. Winter grade red diesel is designed with an additive that prevents these wax crystals forming at low temperatures, and as a result, this can be used in temperatures down to -12°C. So you can keep your engines running, even in very cold temperatures.

Winter grade fuel is easier to store in winter

Because of the ability to cope with lower temperatures, winter grade diesel is much easier to store at lower temperatures than summer grade fuel. This is because even in storage the wax crystals can begin to form, when the temperature reaches a certain point. For summer grade red diesel, this point is -4°C, which can easily be exceeded when storage tanks are kept outside. Especially during the night. This can result in whole barrels or tanks needing to be adjusted by a professional team, who may be able to resolve the issue with additives. However, this is not always possible, and instead, all of that fuel may even go to waste. This is why, whatever type of fuel you are using, storage in a shed or undercover is strongly recommended. This is to help reduce the amount of heat lost, and help protect against the formation of crystals. Wind doesn’t reduce the temperature itself, but it can accelerate heat loss and cause more rapid cooling of any fuel contained in an unprotected or exposed storage tank.

Overall, winter grade red diesel should be a top priority for any vehicles and machinery this winter, if you’re business aims to stay fully operational without breakdowns and hefty repair bills. The best way to prevent these risks is to be sure you have access to the right fuel all year round. Working with a team like us here at Compass Fuel Oils, you could have your red diesel reliably delivered whenever you need it. And we only send out the right type of fuel, at the right time, so you don’t need to worry about seasonal oil. We offer the best prices, and flexible delivery tailored to suit your needs. So why not get in touch today?