Friday, 24 June 2011
Red diesel or gas oil could contain bio diesel, known as FAME or fatty acid methyl ester, bio diesel is hygroscopic it sucks water into the fuel and holds it there and if the are any bacteria in the fuel it could lead to bacterial growth within the tank and in turn lead to blocked filters, also a little known fact is that bio diesel has a shelf life of around six months 12 months at the most so there for it would be wise to turn tanks around in this time (IE) use the stuff. once in the tank bio diesel has a life of 6 months due to its reduced oxidation stability , and over time oxidation can precipitate solids again with the potential to block filters and fuel lines also excess water will be evident after a prolonged cold spell so water traps should be fitted ad checked regularly, fuel stabilisers are available in the marine market with reference to the storage of fuel over a long period in excess of six months like a 180 ltr fuel tank so seek advice and research which is best marine 16 products seem to be the only one that addresses this as a selling point and having used this myself within my job i must say it works but seek advice as to your exact requirements. Remember the trick is to use the fuel and not keep the tank topped up as has always been the idea most live aboard will not have a problem but weekenders will need to think a little bit more about there tanks and wot is going on .
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
With the introduction of low sulphur bio diesel on to the waterways many questions are being asked as to the long term affects to the modern engine and that some degrading of the rubber seals with in the engine might be affected, this is as present an unknown but likely to affect the engine as stronger detergents and other chemicals are mixed to lower the dioxins in the exhaust, also that the fuel will degrade as it ages , therefore if you have a 180ltr tank a usual sized tank for a narrow boat, it would be prudent to cycle your tank throughout the year in other words run your tank lower than usual, fuel filter will need to be changed on a more regular basis and i would strongly advise the use of MARINE 16 Treatment available from the river canal website follow the links to the web shop, A better way if possible is to have a day tank installed fed from the main tank a throw back to a by gone age but with out doubt a better way of isolating a fuel problem I'm sure you will agree, and i think we might see boat builders adopting a smaller fuel tank instead of the large type we are all used too anyway have a safe and trouble free year and all the best.