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See the Results for Yourself
We have developed this simple jar test to compare the ability of fuel additives to inhibit sludge formation and protect steel surfaces against fouling and corrosion in the presence of free standing water (condensation) and biological contamination. This test was first presented at Brookhaven National Laboratory Oil Heat Technology Conference in 1996 and is designed to mimic real-world conditions. We have tested most of the additive currently on the market but if you want to request an additive that you are using to be tested, we are happy to test it against Fuel Right®.

How it Works
Glass jars are filled with fuel oil or diesel fuel, a small amount of water, a steel panel or "coupon" and a small amount of sludge. One jar serves as the "control" and receives no additive. Each of the other jars is treated with an additive at the manufacturer's recommended dose. The jars are then loosely capped and placed in a dark box or closet.

Once a month the jars are opened, most of the fuel is removed and replaced with fresh fuel, and the jars are then re-treated with their respective additives. This process is repeated until, after 12-18 months, the "control" coupon has become well fouled. At that point, all jars are compared and scored based on the following;

  1. Fouling of the coupon surface
  2. Corrosion of the coupon (weight loss)
  3. General growth of sludge (determined by pouring contents through a strainer)

Each jar is scored on a scale of 0-10, with the "control" scoring "2" in each category. In any category, a score of less than "2" indicates that the additive was actually worse than no treatment at all and a score of "10" indicates that additive was perfect in the regard. Below is an example of a typical result:

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SCORES
Coupon
Strainer
Corrosion
Total
Control
2
2
2
6
Fuel Right ®
10
10
10
30
Other Additive
2
5
2
9

Summary of Test Results
The following tables show how various products performed in the jar test. The scores have been converted into ratings in each category as follows;

VP - a score of 0-1 in that category (worse than with no treatment at all)
P - Score of 2 in that category (the same as with no treatment at all)
F - Score of 3 or 4 (slightly better than no treatment - slight benefit)
G - Score of 5 or 6 (visible benefit but not outstanding)
VG - Score of 7-8 (much benefit - definitely worth considering)
E - Score of 9 or 10 in that category (outstanding performance)

Below is a slide show of just some of the products tested. Some have been tested with Home Heating Oil and other with Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel.

Contact us if you would like us to test a product for you.

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