Winter Fuel Treatment: Is Your Program Up to the Chill?

By Published On: January 17, 2024Categories: Daily Market News & Insights

Did you know that it is never too late to reevaluate your winter fuel treatment program or even consider implementing a new one? As winter takes hold, the need for dependable and efficient fuel becomes increasingly crucial, especially for businesses operating in regions where freezing temperatures can pose challenges for diesel fuel.

As you may already know, cold weather can be tough on diesel, especially when temperatures drop below freezing, making the fuel susceptible to gelling – which can lead to clogged filters and disruptions in fuel flow. This issue is particularly prevalent in regions where winter temperatures fall below the standard Cloud Point for Diesel, typically ranging from 5°F to 15°F.  Taking action now can help you avoid potential fuel-related problems and disruptions during the remainder of the winter.

Click here to learn more about effective fueling strategies to stay ahead of winter.

Pre-Treated Fuel

Having cold flow additives added to the fuel before delivery – which guarantees optimal blending – is an excellent starting point for your winter program. These additives are specifically designed to lower the Cold Filter Plugging Point (CFPP) on Diesel Fuel. They effectively inhibit the formation of gel-like structures, ensuring that diesel remains free-flowing and easily manageable even in frigid temperatures. You can learn more about Winter Diesel additives here.

However, there are still certain responsibilities you need to uphold to ensure your fuel remains in good condition during winter. If you are buying fuel in bulk, it is essential to maintain your tanks properly. It includes keeping the tanks clean and testing them for harmful water and microbial growth. An EPA study shows that 83% of fuel tanks have corrosion or microbial growth, yet many tank owners remain unaware.

Another crucial step is ensuring you have an emergency additives kit on hand in case sudden winter storms or supply disruptions occur.

Getting the right Blend

If you have already signed up for a reliable winter program with your fuel supplier, you will certainly receive the fuel with the right blend you need – which should be determined based on the location and prevailing weather conditions in your region.

However, it’s important to test the fuel regularly to ensure you have received the correct blending. A dependable supplier can conduct the necessary tests, provide the results, and determine a game plan in case it is needed. You can also buy kits and run the test to make sure you have the blend you need. In this case, you must talk to your fuel supplier to learn more about the solutions they offer.

Talk to the Specialist

As we mentioned earlier, it’s not too late to take advantage of the winter fuel treatment program. Mansfield’s Arsenal ColdPRO is a program to improve your fuel’s cold-weather performance, offering consistent and accurate treatments, minimizing kerosene cost, and performing nationwide fuel testing.

Implementing Mansfield’s Arsenal ColdPRO program ensures your fuel systems operate efficiently throughout the winter season. If you haven’t already, reach out to Mansfield to learn more about Arsenal Cold Pro. Don’t wait; contact us today to secure a worry-free winter for your fuel needs.


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