Why Fuel Testing?

How clean is the diesel fuel that you’re relying on? Never assume fuel quality is not an issue. If you’re not using diesel fuel test kits on a regular basis, you probably don’t have any idea what kind of condition your diesel fuel is actually in. Change that today by investing in test kits for diesel fuel from Dieselcraft. Our kits are designed to test for the presence of microbes and water in diesel fuel so that you’ll know whether or not you have to worry about bacteria, mold, and more affecting your fuel supply as well as your diesel engines and its fuel injectors.

Dieselcraft can supply your company with a wide range of diesel fuel test kits. From the relatively straightforward DS-1 Test Kit that will check for bacteria in your diesel fuel to the more advanced FCT-100 Diesel Fuel Water Content & Fuel Clarity Test that tests diesel fuel, biodiesel blends, and even heating oil, all our tests are easy to use and will provide you with real-time results in 5 minutes or less, in most cases. They include all the supplies and instructions you’ll need to look for microbes and water in diesel fuel.

If your company has stored diesel fuel, it’s a good idea to use diesel fuel test kits on it every 90 days to make sure water hasn’t found a way to get into it. You should also get into the habit of using test kits on fuel deliveries to make sure there aren’t microbes and water in diesel fuel before you accept it. It’ll help you avoid a headache later and allow you to steer clear of using diesel fuel that could potentially have bacteria, mold, fungus, or even dangerous asphaltenes in it.

Take a closer look at each of the diesel fuel tests kits available through Dieselcraft here. Contact us at 530-613-2150 on the West Coast or at 772-215-8087 on the East Coast for additional information on dealing with microbes and water in diesel fuel.

DS-1 Test Kit. Test for Bacteria in the Fuel

Find out in less than 48 hours what is growing in your fuel tank

This test is called a “dip slide”. One side of the slide is “white”. This will detect BACTERIA between 24 and 36 hours after exposure. The other side of the slide is “off white”. This will detect MOLD between 36 and 48 hours after exposure.

NO spots are good news. Any reaction is bad news.

  1. Simply remove the slide from the tube. DO NOT touch the slide surface. The slide will detect bacteria on you fingers.
  2. Dip the slide into the fuel for 30 seconds.
  3. Remove the excess fuel. And then put the slide back into the tube.
  4. Put the tube in a desk drawer, any dark location, for 24 hours.
  5. Inspect the tube at 24 hours, 36 hours and 48 hours.

Any reaction requires immediate action on your part.

The primary problem is water. Consult your Dieselcraft dealer for the tools to remove the water.

Adding a biocide is NOT the next step. Here is why. A bio-film has formed that is an agglomeration of microorganisms in which cells adhere to each other on the tank surface or at the fuel water interface. These cells are surrounded by shield of extra-cellular polymeric substance (EPS). EPS constitutes 50% to 90% of a bio-film’s total organic matter….this bio-film also know as known as what a lot of people refer to as algae protects the bacteria from the biocides.

Technol 246 will penetrate and dissolve the bio-film rapidly and solve the problem. Contact your dealer and ask for Technol 246 the Tanks Cleaning Additive.

The slide is only good for one test. For disposal fill the tube with household bleach. Re insert the slide and place in the trash.

  • Individual test per package.
  • Works in ANY fuel.
  • This will detect Fuel Microbes (BACTERIA or MOLD) between 24 and 36 hours after exposure.
  • NO spots are good news. Any reaction is bad news.
  • Select DS-1 Bacteria Test plus Fuel Clarity and Water Content Test Kit. One test does it all.

Starting from $16.95.


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Diesel Fuel Water Test #W-5

How much water is acceptable in your fuel?
The answer is ZERO

Tests for Free and Suspended Water in Diesel Fuel and Biodiesel Blends
Results are immediate. Less than 1 minute

Non-toxic and completely safe

This test will indicate the smallest amount of suspended water in diesel. Depending on the fuel blend and the amount of biodiesel you may see between 500 PPM and 1500 PPM detected. This is a PASS or FAIL test.

Any detection of suspended water is not good if the detection powder turn 100% pink. The fuel FAILS. Any FAILED test fuel may become or now have free water in it and will cause the growth of bacteria in your fuel.

You must take action to remove the water from the fuel. A chemical treatment is needed ASAP. We recommend Technol 403.

The kit consists of 5 each test tubes with the reaction powder capsule in them and one transfer pipette.

Test Procedure #1

  1. Remove the capsule from a test tube. Do not put fuel in on top of the capsule.
  2. Take the capsule and open it and pour the continents (powder) into your test tube.
  3. Take fuel samples from as many locations you see fit using the pipette.
  4. Add fuel to the test tube. Approximately 3/4 full.
  5. Put on the lid and shake for 10 seconds.
  6. Holding the tube upright, do a visual inspection. You will see at the bottom of the tube either the white powder or various shades of pink. Allow the mixture to settle and examine the results. 500-1000 ppm water will give you pink spots in the powder. More than 1000 ppm water will turn all the powder hot pink.
  7. DO NOT open capsules until you are ready to test. You will collect moisture from the air and get a false reading. Though non-toxic DO NOT PUT THE CAPSULE IN YOUR MOUTH.

 

Optional Test Procedure #2

  1. Take a larger sample in a glass jar. Take at least 3 fl oz and not more than 6 fl oz.
  2. Add the capsule contents to the larger sample and stir.
  3. With a larger sample you will see that at 200 ppm you will see a few pink spots starting to show up in the powder. At 500 ppm all the powder will take on a pink hue and at 600+ ppm the power is now completely pink in color.

 

  • This is a PASS or FAIL test.
  • This test will indicate the smallest amount of suspended water in diesel.
  • Depending on the fuel blend and the amount of biodiesel you may see between 1000 PPM and 1500 PPM will be detected.
  • Any detection of suspended water is not good if the detection powder turn 100% pink. The fuel FAILS.
    The kit consists of 5 each test tubes with the reaction powder capsule in them and one transfer pipette.

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FT-100 Diesel Fuel Water Content & Fuel Clarity Test

Two Tests in One
Based on ASTM D4176
Tests all Diesel Fuel and Heating Oil
Results in less than 5 minutes
Non-toxic and completely safe
Part # FCT-100

This test is designed as a field PASS or FAIL test to detect suspended water and solid contamination in diesel fuel.

Retain this test for future reference.

Use a permanent marker pen to record the date and source of this sample taken for testing.

The Test Procedures

  • Remove the capsule from a test jar. Hold the capsule aside for step two of the test. Do not put fuel in on top of the capsule.
  • DO NOT open capsules until you are ready to test. You will collect moisture from the air and get a false reading.
  • Though non-toxic DO NOT PUT THE CAPSULE IN YOUR MOUTH.

Test Procedure One – Fuel Clarity Test.

  1. Take a fuel sample from the bottom of your fuel tank if at all possible, the closer to the bottom the better. And add the fuel to the test jar until you are past the top indicator rectangle #5
  2. To check visually for evidence of water or particulate contamination hold the sample up to the light and visually examine for haze or lack of clarity. Swirl the sample to produce a vortex and examine the bottom of the vortex for water and solids.
  3. If you can see free water, stop the test. The fuel has failed and there is no need to continue with part 2.
    • PASS: Clear and bright fuel, with rectangle #1 and rectangle #2 clearly visible through the fuel.
    • FAIL: Cloudy fuel with rectangle numbers 3, 4 and 5 not clearly visible, may indicate the presence of solid contaminants or suspended water in the fuel. Fuel Polishing/Maintenance is required.

Test Procedure Two – Suspended Water in Fuel

  1. Take the capsule and open it and pour the continents (powder) into your test jar.
  2. Put on the lid and shake for 10 seconds.
  3. Holding the jar upright, do a visual inspection:
  4. The powder will start to settle to the bottom and you will see at the bottom of the jar either the white powder or various shades of pink.
  5. Allow the mixture to settle and examine the results:
    • 200-500 ppm water will give you pink spots in the powder
    • More than 600 ppm water will turn all the powder hot pink Hot Pink is a FAIL and action must be taken.
  • The Fuel Clarity Test
    Put a fuel sample the specially designed test jar. If the fuel is clear and bright all five indicator marks show through the fuel and the fuel PASSES.
    As the fuel clouds the line disappear and the fuel FAILS.
  • The Fuel Water Content Test
    Take the capsule and open it and pour the continents (powder) into your test jar.
    Shake for 10 seconds.
    The powder will start to settle to the bottom and you will see at the bottom of the jar either the white powder or various shades of pink.
    More than 600 ppm water will turn all the powder hot pink.
    Hot Pink is a FAIL and action must be taken.
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Diesel Fuel Acid Test #PH-1

Tests the pH of the water from your water separator.
Any pH less than 6 means the fuel is Acidic.
The more acidic the more damage it is doing to your fuel tank.
Results are immediate.

This test will indicate if the water in fuel is acidic. Acidic fuel could be caused by bacteria growing in the tank.

The kit consists of 1 each test tube with 10 test strips and one transfer pipette.

Test Procedure

Your sample must be the “free water” from your water separator. Meaning you must see the separation between the fuel and the water on the bottom of you container.

Take a sample from your separator into a glass jar so you can see the separation between water and fuel. You do not need but I once of water.

  1. Remove one test strip from the package and place it so the colored end is down into the test tube.
  2. Take the water sample using the supplied pipette so it contains fluid from the bottom of your larger container and add it to the test tube until the tube is ½ full.
  3. Put on the test tube lid and hold the tube upright and do a visual inspection of the test strip. Acidic water will show as pink to red.
  4. You must work on removing the water from the fuel. A better separator, water blocking filter and chemical treatment are in order. Any questions call Dieselcraft.
  5. You have 10 tests. You can dispose of the sample taken and the test strip to comply with your local codes and reuse the test tube and pipette as before.

 

$20.95




 


 

Diesel Fuel Water or DEF Test #DEF-1

Tests for Water and DEF in All Diesel Fuel
Results are immediate. Less than 1 minute

Non-toxic and completely safe

This test will indicate free amounts of DEF in diesel. This is a PASS or FAIL test.

The kit consists of 1 each test tube with 10 test strips and one transfer pipette.

Test Procedure

Your sample must contain “free water/DEF” in it. Meaning you must see the separation between the fuel and the water or DEF on the bottom of you container. This may mean you must take a large tank bottom sample

  1. Remove one test strip from the package and place it so the colored end is down into the test tube.
  2. Take the fuel sample using the supplied pipette so it contains fluid from the bottom of your larger container and add it to the test tube until the tube is ¾ full.
  3. Put on the test tube lid and hold the tube upright and do a visual inspection of the test strip. Water will show as brown to pink where the DEF will turn BLUE in a few seconds.
  4. You have 10 tests. You can dispose of the fuel sample taken and the test strip to comply with your local codes and reuse the test tube and pipette as before.
  5. Any questions call Dieselcraft at 530 613 2150

 

$20.95