Using dyed diesel appropriately can help farmers, construction crews, and commercial businesses cut expenses and boost their bottom lines. However, many consumers have questions about the fuel. These FAQs range from mundane (“Why is dyed diesel red?”) to complex (“Can I use this fuel to power a refrigerated trailer if the trailer is attached to a truck on the highway?”). Still, business owners and managers need a place to find the answers to their burning questions. Keep reading to take a hard look at dyed diesel!
Components of Dyed Diesel
Dyed diesel is simply diesel fuel that has been stained a reddish pink. Also called farm diesel, red diesel, and off-road diesel, this fuel is typically tinged with either Solvent Red 26 or Solvent Red 164. As for the diesel itself, the fuel can be either high-sulfur or ultra-low-sulfur. However, because of the growing prevalence of ULSD, many dyed diesels are ultra-low-sulfur.
Best Practices for Dyed Diesel Storage and Use
Dyed diesel should only be used for activities that do not take place on public roads. Typical uses include operating farm equipment, running generators, powering off-road construction equipment, and fueling industrial machinery. Like any other fuel, dyed diesel should be stored in an appropriate storage tank and kept free of water, algae, and bacteria. Diesel can gel and thicken in colder temperatures, so make sure to consider any additives you may need in the winter months.
Comparing Dyed and Undyed Diesel
The beauty of this fuel is that it can be used for many applications that use standard diesel (assuming, of course, that these applications meet state and federal guidelines for the fuel’s tax-exempt status). In some regions, the fuel is used as heating oil or stove oil, and there are few functional differences between dyed and undyed fuel.
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