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NFPA Recommendations for Fuel Management

What Do Updated NFPA Recommendations Mean For You?

The National Fire Protection Agency recently updated their standards pertaining to fuel quality and fuel storage management. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Annual fuel tanks tests using appropriate ASTM standards and weekly checks for water are recommended by the NFPA.
  • The NFPA warns against the use of biodiesel in emergency power system applications, stating, “biodiesel blends up to B5 have much shorter shelf lives than conventional diesel fuel [ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD)] and can accelerate degradation processes, endangering the entire diesel fuel supply” (Annex paragraph A.5.5.3).
  • Additionally, the NFPA warns that biodiesel “can accelerate the degradation of the diesel fuel if stored longer than 6 months.”

Let Diesel Fuelmasters help you meet updated NFPA recommendations. Our fuel tank inspections comply with ASTM standards. We now offer in-field tests to detect biodiesel at levels as low as 1% at a nominal cost. For customers with annual fuel maintenance programs, we test their fuel every 90 days to identify degradation due to biodiesel or any other cause so that we can treat and prevent fuel problems before they happen.

 

We Provide Free Fuel Tank Sampling

Want to know what’s in your tank? Call us to schedule a FREE fuel tank inspection. Our Fuel Tank Inspection Service includes:

  • An experienced technician at your location, pulling a fuel sample of each of your fuel tanks.
  • A written report of our findings.
  • Recommendations to maintain fuel quality in each of your tanks.
  • There’s no obligation to purchase anything, and the service is 100% free.

Don’t wait until hurricane season starts. Schedule a free fuel tank sample today so you can know what’s in your tank!

To schedule your free fuel tank sample, call 863-993-FUEL or request an appointment online.


Upcoming Events

Diesel Fuelmasters will be at the 2014 Louisiana Emergency
Preparedness Association Workshop
next week, May 5 & 6th.
Stop by booth 808 and say hello!

Hurricane Preparedness!

Hurricane Season Officially Starts June 1st

We want to help you prepare for Hurricane Season.

Hurricane season can bring bad weather and power outages. If your business’s critical systems are backed up by a fuel-powered generator, you want to make sure you are fully prepared in case of an emergency. DisasterSafety.org and Ready.gov have these helpful hurricane preparedness tips for those of you with backup generators:

  • Emergency generators and diesel engine driven fire pumps should have a fuel supplies that meet national standards or local regulatory requirements.
  • Ensure your fuel tanks are full before hurricane season – replenishment may not be possible during an emergency.
  •  Anchor your fuel tanks. An unanchored tank could be torn free by floodwaters.
  • Diesel fuel is more prone to oxidation than gasoline, and should not be stored for longer than 12 months. If you’re storing diesel fuel for longer than 12 months, a fuel inspection and adding fuel conditioners is recommended.
  • Generators use fuel filters to prevent impurities from clogging the fuel lines. Maintain your fuel filters in accordance with your equipment manufacturers’ recommendations to prevent filters from clogging.

Schedule your fuel tank cleaning before hurricane season. We will inspect your tanks, solve any issues, and ensure your fuel is clean and ready to power your backup generators in the event of an emergency.

We Provide Free Fuel Tank Sampling

Want to know what’s in your tank? Call us to schedule a FREE fuel tank inspection. Our Fuel Tank Inspection Service includes:

  • An experienced technician at your location, pulling a fuel sample of each of your fuel tanks.
  • A written report of our findings.
  • Recommendations to maintain fuel quality in each of your tanks.
  • There’s no obligation to purchase anything, and the service is 100% free.

Don’t wait until hurricane season starts. Schedule a free fuel tank sample today so you can know what’s in your tank!

To schedule your free fuel tank sample, call 863-993-FUEL or request an appointment online.

Free Fuel Tank Sampling

What’s In Your Tank?

Most of us do not know, and not knowing can hurt us. You may not know you have a problem until it’s too late. Call us if that happens. We love helping our customers in emergency situation, but it doesn’t have to get to that!

You can prevent emergency fuel situations just by knowing what’s in your tank before you have a problem. We will help you prevent emergency fuel problems.

We Provide Free Fuel Tank Sampling

When you schedule a fuel tank sampling we send our technicians to your location. We pull samples from each of your tanks and show you what’s in your tank. We will provide you with a written report of our findings, including recommendations. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase anything. This is a 100% free service.

Don’t wait until an emergency happens. Schedule a free fuel tank sample today so you can know what’s in your tank!

Where’s DFM March 2014?

This month our techs are working in Louisiana. Ascension, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, St. James, St. John, and Jefferson Parishes are our target areas. We can schedule immediate fuel tank checks in these parishes for the month of March. Please call for a schedule in other states.

To schedule your free fuel tank sample, call 863-993-FUEL or request an appointment online.

Cold Weather and Diesel Fuel

Happy February!

We forgot to send out a newsletter in January – mostly because, like the rest of you, we were dealing with the weather. Between icy roads, frozen pipes, closed businesses, and surprise winter storms, it’s a wonder that we got anything done in January at all!

Cold Weather and Diesel Fuel

In addition to dealing with traffic and storms, we received many calls from our customers dealing with additional diesel fuel problems in the cold weather. Cold weather can cause diesel fuel gelling, and water in your fuel becomes an even bigger issue in freezing temperatures. During a winter storm power outage, the last thing you want is your backup generators failing. Proper diesel fuel maintenance is necessary for reliable fuel performance year round.

Our Yearly Fuel Cleaning Program ensures your fuel is ready, year round.
For clients with 10,000 gallons of fuel or more to be cleaned, we offer a yearly fuel cleaning program which includes quarterly monitoring of all your fuel and tanks so that future contamination will be kept at a minimum and addressed much more frequently.

Our 4-Step Fuel Cleaning Program returns your fuel tank to as-good-as-new!

Coal Shortage 2013!

This Just In!

Recent reports indicate that there’s a coal shortage this holiday season! Our North Pole sources say Santa isn’t worried about the shortage because so many kids ended up on the nice list this year.

Experts do warn that with a coal shortage, Americans should be especially sure their diesel fuel is in tip-top condition to power their backup generators, snow plows, heaters, delivery trucks, and trains! (Diesel fuel has even been known to power a certain-someone’s backup sleigh during the reindeer strike of 1983.)

We don’t want your holiday gifts delayed due to bad fuel! That is why help our customers treat and clean their fuel to make sure it’s ready for any use! Our 4-Step Fuel Cleaning Program returns your fuel tank to as-good-as-new!


Our family loves the holidays. It’s a time to relax, celebrate the successes of the year, and enjoy spending time together.

From our family to yours, we wish you happy holidays and a joyful new year.

Happy Holidays from the Diesel Fuelmasters’ Family

Why “Treatment” Isn’t Enough

Why “Treatment” Isn’t Enough

Many of our prospective customers tell us, “We treat our tanks. Why would we need to clean them?”

If you’re just treating your fuel, you could be making your problems worse.

Look at the following diagrams. Bacteria and fungi live on the walls of the tank. They also are disbursed throughout the fuel. When you add chemicals, especially biocides, much of these organisms are killed and fall to the bottom of the tank. Some chemicals, the good ones, also drop the water from suspension. (The poor ones mix water with your fuel). Now the contaminates are at the bottom of the tank. They do not disappear! Fuel Tanks before and after treatment:

Your fuel delivery system pulls fuel from the bottom of the tank. Now it is sucking up all the dead bacteria, fungi, and water your chemicals killed and dropped to the tank bottom. Especially after filling the tank with new fuel, or continuously running your engine, you will pick up a huge amount of these contaminates. Filter plugging, injector fouling, and possible catastrophic engine failure is a real possibility.

Fuel tanks must be cleaned in order to ensure success in a fuel quality control program. That is why we won’t just treat your tank. Fuel Tank Cleaning is a mandatory part of our 4-Step Fuel Cleaning Program. Our program returns your fuel tank to as-good-as-new!

Dirty Fuel Tanks

All fuel tanks get dirty.

Everything requires cleaning from time to time. From our cars and trucks to the clothes we wear, everything needs to be cleaned.

Diesel fuel tanks have unique problems. Their inside cannot be seen, and because they are usually filled and emptied on a regular basis, we assume that they stay as clean as they were when we first bought them. Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth.

Fuel tanks gather condensation from the natural heating and cooling from the sun. The water has no place to go but inside the tank. Dirt, dust, and other contaminates gather from the vents in the tanks, and bacteria, fungi, and their byproducts are all left behind in your fuel tanks. The water settles to the bottom of your fuel tanks and causes rust to form. The bacteria and fungi digests your fuel and acid deposits are formed that cause additional damage to your tanks.

Fuel tanks must be cleaned in order to ensure success in a fuel quality control program. That is why Fuel Tank Cleaning is a mandatory part of our Premium Fuel Quality Program. Our program returns your fuel tank to as-good-as-new!



This Month’s Theme: Data Centers
We’re constantly hearing new stories about the quality of diesel fuel affecting various industries and organization. This month we’re sharing with you a few stories related to backup generator fuel maintenance in data centers.

Diesel- The Lifeblood of the Recovery Effort
“While the supply of fuel is the most critical consideration, another unforeseen problem is fuel contamination. Diesel reserves often sit for long periods of time, which is the opposite of the optimal scenario, in which diesel fuel is used within two to three weeks of leaving the refinery. Because of this, oil companies are not compelled to produce a diesel fuel meant for long-term storage.”

Generators are Key to Improving Reliability
“Fairfax identified three key threats to generator reliability – fuel quality problems due to old fuel mixing with newer fuel, quality issues with new Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel and biodiesel fuels, and wear and tear from efforts to start cold generators as quickly as possible.

Thank you!

Thank you for the time you spend to read our newsletter. A special thanks to our customers for your business and support. If you want or need an honest and fair partner in controlling your fuel related problems, please give us a call. We are the best at what we do and would love to have you as a part of our family of friends and customers.

“Where will you be if the lights go out?”

Sincerely,
Barry Upshaw

The Truth about ULSD

From 2006-2010, ULSD, or Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel, was phased in for highway diesel fuel. By 2014, ULSD will be phased in for all non-road, locomotive, and marine engines. The goal behind removing sulfur from diesel is to decrease pollution from emissions, but there are some downsides. Here are some facts about sulfur and its role in diesel fuel:

  • Sulfur is a naturally occurring element in diesel. It’s not an additive. The process to remove sulfur from diesel fuel is both expensive and damaging to the fuel quality.
  • Sulfur is a lubricant. In the past, diesel didn’t need lubricators added to the fuel. The sulfur in the fuel naturally lubricated injectors, valves, and other moving parts in diesel engines.
  • Sulfur is antimicrobial. With less sulfur in our fuel supplies, microbial growth is an even bigger issue.

ULSD has caused new, unforseen problems for end users. These problems are preventable, however, if you know what’s going on with your fuel and how to maintain its quality.

We at Diesel Fuelmasters pride ourselves in our sharing our fuel quality expertise with each of you. For more information about differences in our modern diesel fuel supplies, check out our resources page.

“Where was Jacob when the lights went out?”

That was a joke when I was a kid. The answer was, “In the dark.”

We help ensure that your backup power generator will run by customizing a fuel quality control program to fit your individual needs.

Don’t be in the dark when the lights go out.

Biodiesel Laws & Alternatives to Fuel Cleaning

Louisiana law now requires that all diesel fuel supplies sold have up to a 2% biodiesel mixture in the fuel.

If your backup generators are powered by diesel, there’s a good chance you’re using biodiesel.

Because of the prevalence of biodiesel in our fuel, most equipment manufacturers suggest the following:

  1. Biodiesel should be used within 90 days of the date of manufacture, because it is a biodegradable product.
  2. A regular maintenance program should be established to maintain fuel quality assurance.

Additionally, equipment warranties don’t cover failures caused by bad fuel. Here’s an example from John Deere:

The John Deere warranty covers only defects in material and workmanship as manufactured and sold by John Deere. Failures caused by poor quality fuel of any type cannot be compensated under our warranty.

Nearly every day someone will ask us, “Isn’t there an alternative to fuel cleaning?”

We like to say – Sure… Just replace your generator occasionally.


Thank you for the time you spend to read our newsletter. A special thanks to our customers for your business and support. If you want or need an honest and fair partner in controlling your fuel related problems, please give us a call. We are the best at what we do and would love to have you as a part of our family of friends and customers.

Sincerely,
Barry Upshaw

Founder’s Forum

Remember the old saying – Up the creek without a paddle? Millions of dollars are spent every day on backup power generators. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent on the diesel fuel to power them, but few companies have a fuel quality control program. We will ensure you have the cleanest burning fuel in the USA, so you won’t be up a creek without a paddle.

Diesel Fuel Quality Control

The quality of diesel fuel has degraded dramatically over the last 15 years. With biodiesel being added to our fuel source, new problems are on the horizon. Many people are asking, “In the event of a hurricane or other natural disaster that causes a loss of electrical power, will our back up generators or diesel powered pumps crank and run on degraded fuel?”

On July 11th, Diesel Fuelmasters’ founder, Barry Upshaw, will be hosting a presentation on Diesel Fuel Quality Control at the Louisiana Rural Water Association Conference. He will be discussing the history of diesel fuel, Louisiana Laws concerning biodiesel, and ways you can avoid a crisis in the event of power loss.If you’d like to register for the conference and attend our presentation, you can register on the LRWA website.

We hope to see you there!


Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter and more importantly for your support and your business. We really appreciate every one of our customers and supporters and I hope our interactions with you show that.  

Sincerely,
Barry Upshaw

Diesel Fuel Powers the World!

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes all create chaos in the aftermath. In a natural disaster, the first thing that is cut off is electricity. Natural gas is second. Water systems, sewer systems, and food refrigeration all depend on one thing… diesel power. Our program assures your fuel will burn when you need it the most.