Red diesel is an important fuel for many businesses across a range of industry sectors. But there are a range of problems that can occur with red diesel in cold weather. So how can you avoid these issues, and keep your business up and running? Well, 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. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about avoiding red diesel problems this winter.
Important steps for avoiding red diesel problems this winter
There are a number of important steps you can take to ensure that your fleet of machinery or vehicles will operate at top capacity this winter, avoiding any problems with red diesel. These steps include:
- Using winter grade red diesel- this should go without saying but as winter grade red diesel is formulated to handle extremely cold temperatures, unlike the summer grade, this is an essential and necessary switch to make this winter. When red diesel becomes too cold, crystals can start to form, blocking pipes and the fuel filter, and ultimately causing engine failure. As a result, making the switch is an obvious choice for avoiding breakdowns and costly repairs.
- Cleaning the tank vent pipe to enable it to breathe- the vent pipe on the tank needs to be clear and free of any debris, blockages and especially any wax crystals, even small ones. Cleaning this can help keep your red diesel in great condition throughout the winter months.
- Removing any water in the fuel- water usually gets into the fuel from condensation on the inside of the fuel tank. This can be particularly problematic and potentially dangerous, as the water can freeze from 0°C. This can result in the clogging of filters and pipes, leading to breakdowns and engine problems, from fuel starvation. You may need a professional fuel engineer to help with this.
- Using safe and suitable storage- red diesel, including winter grade diesel, should always be stored in a safe place, and in a sheltered location. This can prevent the fuel from becoming too cold. Keeping the tank out of the wind is also necessary, as the wind causes the fuel to cool down at a faster rate. Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we can provide a range of fuel storage tanks and barrels that are fully secure and safe, to help keep your fuel protected.
- Use the right lubricants- the right lubricants and greases also need to be used at this time of, when the temperature is much colder. Make sure you use the right products for the weather. Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we provide a wide range of lubricants and greases to suit a range of purposes and for a variety of machinery and vehicles.
For winter grade red diesel, secure fuel storage tanks, lubricants or greases, or for more information or advice about any of our high quality fuel oil products or services, get in touch with the team today here at Compass Fuel Oils.