Guidelines for Storing Farm Fuels over winter
Posted on 15th September 2014
Farm fuels can be defended by having some knowledge of a couple of precautionary measures. Farming businesses are faced with more problems than just fuel theft when storing fuel over the winter period, issues with the fuel itself can surface. Farmers need to be aware of the issues as it can spoil the fuel. If farmers want to take advantage of bulk buying fuel now and storing it over winter, they need to be aware of these issues.
If farmers are using vehicles then there is a chance they will need to use AdBlue, which will also need to be stored. Any vehicle that is fitted with SCR technology will need to use AdBlue as part of the process; this decreases the amount of harmful oxide nitrogen emissions that are released from the vehicle.
A lot of farming machinery is fitted with fuel filtering systems; this allows the fuel to be filtered before it goes into the tank. The main benefit of this is that it can save thousands of pounds worth of machinery repairs.
Storing diesel now is a little bit trickier than it was before because it is now a legal requirement for diesel to contain a percentage of biodiesel. Biomass and harmful acids can be formed more easily in biodiesel because the fuel absorbs water more quickly which encourages bacteria to form inside the tank.
The opening of tank is naturally the easiest way for water to get into the tank, however you also need to remember that condensation can also form inside the tank. This can be kept to a minimum by making sure the tank doesn’t experience any temperature variations. To control the problem with water in the tank, a lot tanks now have an external bund. You also need to remember what will happen to your tank when it rains. Bugs can often lie inside diesel without your knowledge, so you should test it on a regular basis.