With Christmas on the horizon, and the temperatures already plummeting in some parts of the country, now is a perfect time for your construction site to begin taking measures to prepare for winter. From additional heating and provisions for staff, to taking care of your machinery and storing this successfully, there are a number of things you should consider to prepare effectively. But what about fueling your construction site this winter? How can you make sure that your site machinery stays active throughout the winter? Well, here at Compass Fuel Oils, we are the UK’s number one fuel oil specialists. We deliver in bulk and barrel within 1 to 3 days to locations across the whole of the UK, even those that are difficult to reach. And this is our guide to everything you should consider to keep your construction machinery up and running this winter.
Considerations for fueling your construction site this winter
To make sure that you stay on budget, and face no delays over winter, you need to keep your construction site fueled up. But what should this involve? Well, there are several things to consider, including:
⦁ Purchasing and storing the right grade red diesel
⦁ Storing the right lubricants and greases
⦁ Storing any AdBlue products correctly
Purchasing and storing the right grade red diesel
To keep your vehicles up and running there’s no doubt that you will need a good supply of fuel. Red Diesel is the number one fuel choice for many construction and industrial sites across the UK, as this is cheaper than regular diesel. However, there are two different grades of red diesel available, summer and winter. And using the summer grade red diesel in the winter months can lead to vehicles failing to start, due to fuel crystallization. If need to restock on red diesel for your construction site, make sure you purchase high quality winter grade red diesel.
Storing the right lubricants and greases
In the winter months, lubricants and greases can become increasingly important. As the cold weather causes contraction and expansion of parts, you could find that your machinery and some of your vehicles are in need of lubricants or grease to keep them working.
In addition, if you will be storing some of your machinery during the winter months, the right lubrication is essential for keeping these in full working order ready for the following spring. This is because, metal surfaces of different machinery can become corroded and rust, when left unattended and unlubricated during the cold, wet, winter months. The resulting rust can affect the functionality of equipment.
Storing AdBlue during winter
From forklift trucks in construction warehouses, to mobile cranes, and engines, AdBlue is used throughout a number of construction vehicles that are now equipped with SCR technology. This helps to reduce the amount of emissions from the vehicles and machinery, meeting industry regulations and guidelines. Without AdBlue your construction vehicles could fail to start altogether, so it’s important to keep your AdBlue levels topped up. To store AdBlue during the winter months, you should be aware that this can freeze at temperatures below -11 degrees, but that once thawed, it will still be usable. You should also note that it can not be stored for longer than a year.
Fuel, fuel oil and lubricants and greases
Here at Compass Fuel Oils, we can help keep your construction site fully fueled this winter. We can deliver red diesel, AdBlue and a wide range of lubricants and greases to your site, wherever you are. For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today.