Comprehensive guide to red diesel

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Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we provide a wide range of fuel oils and gas oils. But one of the services we are asked about most often is red diesel. So what is red diesel? What is it used for, and why do you need to buy from a professional company? Well, this is our guide to everything you should know about red diesel.

What is red diesel?

So, first of all, what exactly is red diesel? Well red diesel is a type of diesel that can be used for off road vehicles and heavy machinery like agricultural machinery and plant machinery. Red diesel has the same chemical structure as white diesel, but this has 40% less fuel duty, to reduce fuel costs in industry and agriculture. As a result, red diesel is not intended for use in any vehicle that will be using a public road, as as a consequence, using red diesel on a public road is a criminal act. Doing so will result in criminal charges. In fact, red diesel is dyed red so that it can be checked easily at the side of the road.

Which vehicles can use red diesel?

So which vehicles are able to use red diesel? Well, agricultural vehicles, marine vessels, or plant machinery that will not be used on a public road can all benefit from red diesel. You should bear in mind that you cannot chop and change between white and red diesel in the same vehicle either.

Other uses for red diesel

Red diesel is also used for industrial heating. This includes powering:

  • furnaces
  • schools
  • churches
  • large residential blocks
  • swimming pools

What are the different grades of red diesel?

Red diesel is available in a summer and winter grade. The summer grade cannot be used in winter, as this will become too cold and crystallize on cold winter nights, and your machinery or vehicle probably wont work. That’s why its essential that you have the type of red diesel you need to keep your business or work on track.

Why should you buy from a professional company?

Purchasing red diesel from a trustworthy and reliable source is essential for any business or company, in any sector. Here at Compass Fuel Oils we always seek to provide the best possible level of customer service This means that when you work with us, you can be sure of:

  • High quality red diesel and the right grade for the season
  • You can buy the amount of red diesel you need, whenever you need it. We also offer fuel management and top up, so you don’t need to worry about running out of fuel
  • We deliver very quickly, within 1 to 3 days, across the whole of the UK
  • We offer the very best prices
  • We deliver both in bulk and in barrels, 24/7, 365 days a year!

So for high quality red diesel, delivered to you, wherever you are, get in touch with the team today, here at Compass Fuel Oils.