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Posted on 8 October 2020

A Guide to Fuel Additives and Their Benefits

Many different industries rely on fuel to keep their operations running smoothly, including the agricultural, industrial, marine and commercial sectors, as well as domestic homes who rely on home heating oil.

Fuel additives are designed to increase the efficiency and performance of your chosen fuel and they can offer many other benefits too. There are several additives available on the market to enhance all different types of fuel, so if you want to find out more about fuel additives and their benefits, read on.

What are fuel additives?

Fuel additives are used in addition to the chosen fuel that you would normally use (for example diesel, heating oil or gas oil). They’re designed to improve the overall efficiency of the fuel and reduce the chances of problems or breakdowns occurring.

Fuel additives fall into several common types, including metal deactivators, corrosion inhibitors, antioxidants and stabilisers. The type of additive you choose will depend on the fuel being used and what it’s being used for (e.g as heating oil, to power agricultural machines or to fuel a cooker).

The benefits

Many people recommend using fuel additives to reduce the chances of potential issues with your boiler, machinery or vehicle. They also offer many benefits which we will discuss below.

Improved efficiency

Put simply, fuel additives help your chosen fuel perform more efficiently, with less wastage and maximum performance. In turn, this helps your machines or engine to run more efficiently, so you could also save money on fuel purchases too.

Extended shelf life

Additives can extend the shelf life of your chosen fuel and prevent it from going off prematurely. These types of additives are usually known as fuel stabilisers and they work by slowing oxidation and volatile compound evaporation to extend the shelf life of the gas.

Reduced problems

Fuel additives help to reduce service problems, such as deposit and varnish build-up in storage tanks, or carbon build-up in engines. They also clean and lubricate systems for the most efficient performance and help to reduce the chances of a breakdown occurring.

If you’re looking for high-quality fuel additives, get in touch with the experts at Moorland Fuels. We’re proud to stock a wide range of additives for several applications, including gas oil extra (a high strength formulation to improve performance) and fuel store plus, designed to reduce deposit and varnish build up in your storage tank. We serve many customers across the agricultural, marine, commercial and domestic sectors, so give us a call today to discuss your fuel requirements or visit our website to find out more.

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