When you have problem fuel, the solution usually falls into one of two camps: Chemical Additive Solutions and Mechanical Fuel Filtration.
By themselves, these are only half solutions. Neither one can solve the whole problem by itself.
The best solution is rarely chemical fuel treatment alone or mechanical fuel filtration alone.
Fuel additives can’t fix everything, no matter what they say.
Fuel filtering or polishing by itself won’t address the root causes of your fuel problems. And it won’t keep those problems from coming back soon.
The Bell Fuel & Tank Services employs the Hybrid Approach to solve fuel problems.
Bell FTS customers rest easier knowing their stored fuel problems are solved with the best solution. So they can spend their time getting back to business.
Before 2007, corrosion in storage tanks was a relatively rare phenomenon. Not like today, where a 2016 nationwide study by the EPA indicates that 80% or more of storage tanks already have corrosion damage, while only a fraction of their owners even know they may have a problem. Read more
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