Heating Oil vs. Diesel
Though distilled nearly the same and both with 15ppm sulfur content or less, heating oil and diesel are not the same delivered product. Heating oil is made primarily for use in boilers and furnaces and does not contain the necessary cetane levels or lubricity agents required in diesel engines. Therefore, heating oil should never be used in a diesel applications. Diesel, with its higher cetane level, burns faster and hotter than heating oil. Though this may sound appealing, prolonged use of the hotter burning diesel in heating applications may cause damage to those heating systems in the long run. Diesel fuel may be used as a temporary substitute for heating oil, but it is not recommended to use as a replacement for heating oil.
90 Octane Non-Ethanol Gasoline –
Aero Energy offers non-ethanol gasoline deliveries in York and Adams counties. We have listed some of the key benefits associated with non-ethanol galonline and 10% ethanol gasoline below for your consideration. Please contact if you have any specific questions.
Benefits of Non-Ethanol Gasoline
- Better for older model carbureted engines and equipment that have rubber gaskets / seals / lines
- Produces more energy than its counterpart
- Up to 3% better mileage
- Stores untreated up to six months
Benefits of 10% Ethanol Gasoline
- Made for today’s fuel injected engines
- Ethanol increases octane and produces better combustion and higher performance
- Burns cleaner which is better for our environment
- Ethanol is produced domestically by American farmers
- Less dependence on foreign oil
Diesel Fuel Storage
Aero Energy recommends that your diesel fuel tanks be filled between 80% to 90% capacity with fully treated winterized diesel for cold weather storage to help prevent bacterial growth and diesel gelling.
Cloudy Diesel | Slime & Sludge
Despite the benefits of the worlds evolving fuel chemistry, the introduction of water-absorbing renewable fuels to gasoline and diesel greatly reduces fuel stability during winter months and other periods of prolonged storage. Water is the primary enemy when it comes to maintaining fuel quality, promoting microbial growth and deterioration of fuel quality. It essentially boils down to a simple concept: Less surface area exposed within the tank and the smaller the volume of air, the less potential for condensation to form.
Partially filled or empty diesel storage tanks are susceptible to accumulating moisture. Unlike gasoline, diesel has no vapor pressure to displace air. When the temperature between the air and fuel inside the tank begin to vary, water vapor in the air within the tank causes condensation to form on the inner walls which then absorbs into the fuel.
There are two main classes of chemical reactions inside of diesel storage tanks that initiate the degradation of fuel quality. ‘Oxidation’ begins to occur within the air space of the fuel tank. Diesel fuel can begin to degrade in as little as three months due to oxidation. The second reaction is ‘Hydrolysis’, when fuel is exposed to or starts accumulating water. Water in diesel will cause the fuel to appear cloudy. The combination of oxygen and water inside of diesel storage tanks create the ideal atmosphere for microbes (bacteria, mold and fungi) to grow, forming slimy mats and globules. Once microbes begin to amass they will continue to multiply into problematic issues for both your diesel fuel and your tank. Microbes excrete acidic waste inside the tank which leads to corrosion, rust and filter plugging. If your tank does become contaminated with microbes, the next step for minimal contamination should be treatment with a quality biocide, changing the fuel filter, and followed immediately with a fill of premium diesel. If the microbial contamination is left untreated and has become too severe, it will require pump out and disposal of the existing fuel, complete cleaning of the inside of the tank, biocide treatment and filling the tank with new fuel. The best way to combat microbes is through prevention. Without water, microbes cannot form.
Experts in today’s fuel industry recommend:
- Fuel storage tanks should be kept at 80 – 90 percent of its capacity (or the safe fill level) to minimize the potential for condensation;
- Keep fuel storage tanks shaded and protected from the elements whenever possible;
- Wrap exposed tanks in insulation;
- Change filters regularly to allow for good flow;
- Regularly test for water.