Stored fuel can be an out-of- sight, out-of- mind proposition for many. And while you’re tending to other things, the quality of your stored fuel is declining and under attack.
Checking your fuel periodically won’t tell you if your fuel is still good. Or if you can expect problems and disaster.
When storms and emergencies are on the horizon, how confident are you that your fuel will do what it’s supposed to?
Customers with the Bell Fuel & Tank Services program have answers to these important questions, because their fuel has been tested and its condition verified.
The Bell Fuel & Tank Services program uses reliable ASTM testing to give customers answers and peace of mind when it comes to their fuel.
And if a fuel problem does arise, this testing through the Bell Fuel & Tank Services program points to the right solutions to fix fuel problems right the first time.
In its report released earlier in 2016, the EPA reminded us that there are over 100,000 diesel fuel storage tanks across the country. That’s a lot of tanks and a lot of stored fuel. And those are just the “regulated ones”. You can add to that figure an equally substantial number of unregulated diesel fuel storage tanks, as well as fuel storage tanks for home heating oil that fall outside the...Read more
Crude oil comes out of the ground as a mixture of components formed from prehistoric plants and animals over eons of time. 142 refineries turn it into the fuels that we use to get the job done. The world around us provides the bad actors that attack fuel when it’s stored and turn it into a problematic mess. Read more
The best solution for fixing problematic stored fuel involves both chemical fuel treatment and “mechanical processes”. Mechanical processing of fuel invariably involves some kind of filtration to remove insoluble contaminants like sludge, asphaltenes and biomass that may appear in the fuel when it has become unstable. Read more
There are thousands of old storage tanks dotting the landscape across the nation with untold gallons of old fuel inside them. How many of them have been checked recently? Probably not that many. If you were to open one up and draw a fuel sample, you could well find the fuel inside looks dark and nasty. Fuel like that is obviously bad. Read more
One thing that sets apart a good tank servicing or fuel polishing partner from a no-so-good one is their familiarity with fuel testing. The better partners in this area should incorporate ASTM testing into their service protocols, because their goal is to make sure their customers (you) know everything they need to know to make the best decision possible. ASTM testing of stored fuel is the...Read more
Back in the day, the storage life of both diesel and gas was measured in years, not months. That’s not the case any more. Once you get past 6 months for diesel fuel in storage, concerns start to grow. And you’re one of the few if you can get 6 months out of stored gasoline if it has any ethanol content in it whatsoever. Read more
By now, hopefully you’re convinced that if you have or are trying to prevent stored fuel problems, the best partner for you is one that uses a hybrid approach. One that combines effective mechanical remediation with chemical treatments to give you the best of both worlds (apologies to Miley Cyrus). Read more