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 01-08-2002, 01:15 Post: 34354
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What is the correct color for a fuel jug? I thought diesel cans were blue but I see yellow for diesel now. Blue is for kerosine......right? But doesn't the winter mix diesel contain kerosine?






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 01-08-2002, 05:09 Post: 34355
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Yep you right. I use yellow cans myself. A guess the color is just a formality and so you don't mix up putting in the wrong fluid in the wrong machine.

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 01-08-2002, 06:41 Post: 34357
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I'm not sure what is added to #2-diesel to make winter blends--could be #1-diesel, kerosene, or less likely an anti-gel additive. However, terms like these refer to consumer products and may not be what refiners call them. For example, #1-diesel, kerosene and stove oil are almost identical in terms of weight. The different products are likely given slightly different processing to the distillate coming from a particular tap on a fractionating column. Kerosene is just a more highly processed version of #1 fuel oil, which includes both diesel and stove oils. Alternatively, consumer fuels may all be blends of various distillates themselves, and the distillates may have entirely different names.

How ever it's done by refiners, people can make their own winter blends by adding kerosene or #1 to their #2-diesel. Using #1 rather than kerosene may be better, because the more refined (and expensive) kerosene doesn't lubricate injector pumps as well. Of course, #2 purchased during the winter may already be cut. However, it doesn't have to be a very cold region before an appropriate winter blend would be straight #1, which has a cloud point around -25F.

I don’t know if the greater processing given kerosene gives it a lower cloud point than #1 or not. If so, it may be better to cut with kerosene and use an additive for pump lubrication for some people. Using #1-diesel produces less power from an engine, so the less #2 is cut, the more power there is. I don’t have a power problem during the winter, so I run straight #1. However, I still use an additive, because it gets colder than –25F here.






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 01-09-2002, 18:50 Post: 34382
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For what it's worth, I just was at my local Tractor Supply store yesterday and asked for a five gallon diesel fuel container. They pointed me to a yellow one that even had 'Diesel' imprinted on it. Blue ones next to it had 'Kerosene' on them. I hope this helps






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 02-10-2002, 07:39 Post: 35448
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with a yellow jug in the sunlight, you can see the debris in the diesel. now i strain my fuel.






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 06-16-2003, 12:46 Post: 57774
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Okay, now I am confused. Growing up, GREEN was diesel, RED was gasoline, and BLUE was WATER. I guess it has been awhile since I have bought cans.






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 blue or yellow diesel fuel cans

Blue still is water, But blue is also kerosine. They are just stamped different. I wound up useing Kerosine cans for fuel because I couldnt find any yellow ones last year.






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Yeah, wouldn't it make more sense to have green cans for diesel? It is always the green nozzle at the station. The guy who decided yellow is probably the same guy who came up with a 1 7/8" trailer ball.........






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Last year I was told by the owner of a local farm type store that you can be fined if caught dispesing fuel or gas into the wrong color can. Red for gas,yellow for diesel and blue for kerosene.






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I suspect the fine for the wrong colour fuel can is a mistake.

If you go to any fuel distributor you will see assorted types of fuel in drums of every colour imagineable, what is in them can only be determined by the paper label or painted stencilling. There is usually a sticker or sign at the gas stations listing what is acceptable as a "portable container" and I have NEVER seen any reference to colour.

The only definite no-no for diesel fuel is a galvanized metal container. NEVER put diesel in a galv. container even for a very brief time, it will kill your injectors FAST. This happened to one of my customers, luckily the injectors were salvageable but it still cost him some bucks and he lost the tractor for a week while repairs were being done.

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