Let’s face it, the care and feeding of newer “emissions controlled” diesel engines is cramping the style of many a driver. It pays to arm oneself with information on “best practices” and use EnerBurn® as part of your regular program of preventive maintenance. Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions on how to use EnerBurn:
Q. What is the treatment ratio of EnerBurn to diesel?
A. One gallon of EnerBurn treats 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel. Calculate the correct amount of EnerBurn to diesel by following this formula. When fueling “over the road” we recommend using the 16-ounce refillable “squeeze bottle” to accurately dispense the correct amount of EnerBurn to the diesel. One (1) ounce of EnerBurn treats 20 gallons of diesel.
Bulk Fuel Storage Tanks:
Example: Volume of diesel is 1000 gallons
Treat ratio for EnerBurn is 1:2500
Divide 1000 gallons by 2500 to get the correct amount of EnerBurn.
For example: 1000/2500 = 0.4 gallons of EnerBurn
To convert to ounces of EnerBurn multiply by 128. For example, 0.4 gallons x 128 ounces/gallon = 51 ounces of EnerBurn
Fueling Over the Road:
Treat first full tank by dividing the total amount of fuel by 20.
For example: 300 gallons/20 = 15 ounces of EnerBurn
For every refueling thereafter divide the amount of fresh fuel added by 20.
For example: 200 gallons/20 = 10 ounces of EnerBurn
*Do not exceed the recommended treat ratio
Q. My supply of EnerBurn is almost out, is it okay to reduce the dose of EnerBurn until my next order arrives?
A. Yes. You should be able to reduce the dose by 20% without losing the effectiveness of EnerBurn for short periods of time. Add one (1) ounce of EnerBurn for every 24 gallons of diesel .
Q. Do I have to add EnerBurn to both fuel tanks?
A. No. EnerBurn can be added to “one side” of the truck only – it is not necessary to treat both tanks separately as the fuel will circulate between both tanks while the engine is running.
Q. Is there a minimum treatment period required before I see maximum improved results?
A. Yes. Individual results will vary, but in general we ask that you please allow up to 500 hours of engine operation time with treated diesel for best results. This is usually enough time for EnerBurn to clean the engine and exhaust systems of carbon build-up and for the catalytically accelerated burn rate to take full effect.
Q. Because EnerBurn is a fuel additive, how do you recommend I store it?
A. As with any chemical compound or petroleum distillate product, please use caution when handling or storing EnerBurn. We recommend the following:
- Avoid contact with skin.
- Wear solvent-resistant gloves and protective goggles and/or face mask.
- Avoid breathing fumes.
- Keep container sealed while indoors.
- Keep containers stored upright to prevent leakage from caps.
- Store sealed containers indoors at temperatures between -10°F and 125°F.
- Once mixed with diesel, storage conditions are not restricted.
- Refer to SDS for safety and handling Instructions.
Q. Do I need to replace my fuel filter with the initial use of EnerBurn?
A. Maybe. If present EnerBurn will kill any microbial slime, sludge, or “algae” contamination growing in your diesel fuel system (tank and lines). IF you have bio-contamination, it will be killed by EnerBurn and get trapped in the fuel filters. This will happen within the first two weeks use of treated diesel. The system will usually clean itself up after one or two filter changes. On-going use of EnerBurn prevents the problem from recurring.
Please see Figures 1 and 2:
Figure 1: Fuel filter after initial two weeks use of diesel treated with EnerBurn on a 2012 Cummins ISX 450 HP engine, odometer reading ~450,000 miles. Killed microbial contamination appears as a black, slimy residue.
Figure 2: Same truck after replacement of contaminated filter with a fresh filter.
This tends to be more of a problem for trucks that use biodiesel, are older, have a history of water contamination in the fuel tanks, or have been sitting for an extended period of time.
You may not experience any issues with fuel filter clogging caused by diesel slime and sludge-producing microbes. But it is a good practice to keep spare fuel filters in the truck upon initial use of EnerBurn, just in case. Typical symptoms of fuel filter clogging are a sudden loss of engine power and/or decrease in fuel economy.
To place your EnerBurn order directly, call 612-209-3079 or order online and stay tuned for EnerBurn FAQs Part 2!