The Importance of Storing Diesel Fuel Properly

Long-Term Diesel StorageOne ting people must prepare for constantly is an oil price hike. When oil prices go sky high, you’re forced to think of ways to conserve and preserve your own supply, which leaves no place for laziness, especially when looking for places to store your fuel in.

In the past, people looked for ways to conserve their fuel – enough to last them a few days to a few weeks at most. Nowadays, people buy in large amounts, especially when prices are at their lowest.

Storing Diesel

No matter the amount of fuel you buy, the issue will always be about where you’ll store them, as well as the treatments and stabilisers you have to use to keep it safe and extend its life in storage.

Apart from steel storage tanks, there are companies that use polyethylene to make compact fuel tanks for diesel. Why use this type of material? Well, it gives designers the freedom to mold it into any shape they want, allowing for more storage capacity. Apart from that, the material is durable, which means it doesn’t wear and tear easily.

Preventing Fuel Contamination

Once diesel fuel is contaminated, it affects the ability of fuel to provide power through combustion in an engine.

Water is the most powerful contaminant in diesel fuel, as it interferes with oil film production and attacks additives. It also increases the potential for corrosion of common acids found in motor oil. Emulsified water, on the other hand, can produce pools of sludge mixed with other debris, which can hinder oil from flowing into the pistons and bearings.

Other contaminants include soot and microorganisms, which feed on the hydrocarbons found in diesel fuel. These enter through any kind of opening, which is why you need to buy from trusted sources.

Diesel fuel can last a full year without any problem if you know how to take care of it. Treated with the right stabiliser and stored in the right type of container, you can extend its lifespan. Make sure you buy from reputable sources, maintain its integrity by preventing debris and water from leaking into the storage tank, as well as perform regular testing to avoid stored fuel problems.