Over the weekend, nighttime temperatures dropped to the single digits in the Northeast. This means that customers using diesel units faced an issue they may not know they needed to worry about—their fuel turning to a gel.
In November, many fuel companies start delivering winter blend fuel. Winter blend has kerosene in it to keep the fuel from forming a gel as temps get chilly. However, when the temperatures get too cold, the added kerosene isn’t enough to prevent the fuel from starting to harden.
Before cold weather hits, you need to add a product like Diesel 911, or a 1:9 ratio of kerosene to diesel (one gallon of kerosene for every 9 gallons of diesel) to your unit. If you aren’t planning to run your unit during the cold weather, make sure to let it run for at least 20 minutes after you add the fuel. This ensures that the new blend circulates into the fuel lines, filter, nozzle, and other parts of your system. Of course, if you’re letting your unit run, you will still need to treat it before the cold weather arrives.
You can pick up Diesel 911 at gas stations, auto parts stores, or truck stops.