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Old 08-17-2016, 05:52 AM
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Last week I got a delivery from a fuel truck and when he pulled in I asked him to put some fuel in a water bottle to test for ethanol. The guy has been delivering fuel for years and said he has never seen that. I was surprised because you hear so many stories of water in fuel tanks and the nightmare it causes to remove. I guess that I am just overly cautious.
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How do you test for ethanol? Have him stick the truck with water paste on the stick , then do the same with your tank, at least you'll know if there's water.

The tanks that are used to fill the trucks have the "suction" line about 18" from the bottom, unless they were "stripping" the tank, in which case the the tank is drawn from the very bottom, often from a "sump" type of set up. If a tank has water the truck can get some if they were stripping the tank, pretty rare actually. There are a lot of safeguards a terminal goes through to avoid this before they actually strip a tank.
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Less than 20 dollars shipped directly to your door.

Just type in Ethanol kits,, get the one you want.
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Less than 20 dollars shipped directly to your door.

Just type in Ethanol kits,, get the one you want.
Just use a water bottle same results and have plenty around boat.
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For sure, most of those guys are pumping mostly water into your tanks.
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Originally Posted by jdiddy101 View Post
Just use a water bottle same results and have plenty around boat.
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In the cars I pump regular, Boats ATVs, lawnmowers, they get Non Ethonal from the Yall come back saloon at the cross roads going into town. Have a local place that sells it now.

I test my race full but try and run that out before winter. If it don't perk, in summer, those lawn mowers do a hell of a job...............

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No, but I buy primarily from a station that pumps a ton of non-ethanol. They have 2 pumps, and a line of landscapers every morning/afternoon filling up mowers and cans.

QT is building a new station just down the road, and are supposed to be putting in some non-ethanol pumps, so hopefully that will alleviate the lines to a degree.
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I have a tester on the boat and it will tell you the ratio

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If I'm delivering fuel there is no way I'm putting any in anything that isn't an approved container, and depending on company rules nothing but the underground tanks themselves.
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Originally Posted by Eastport205 View Post
How do you test for ethanol? .
Taste???
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If I'm delivering fuel there is no way I'm putting any in anything that isn't an approved container, and depending on company rules nothing but the underground tanks themselves.
Why? you should see how a load of Jet fuel is tested. It is common practice in the industry to take a sample from each compartment in a white porcelain bucket, Then look for contaminates. Then take the fuel temp and the specific gravity to insure it falls into the acceptable range, then a sample goes into a Hydro-Kit that contains a white powder in a glass vial, Shake it up and if there is suspended water it will turn pink.


I cant see why any reputable company would object to a small sample of Rec-gas as long as you are not tying up the driver for an unreasonable time.
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Ask for a C of A on the load and check the specific gravity.
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We pull samples from the top and bottom of every compartment and QC them before tanker is allowed to "hook up". We keep the samples for 2 years.
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When the cutter takes on fuel it's a requirement for us to check for "clear and bright" no2 fuel oil. I usually end up doing it.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Why? you should see how a load of Jet fuel is tested. It is common practice in the industry to take a sample from each compartment in a white porcelain bucket, Then look for contaminates. Then take the fuel temp and the specific gravity to insure it falls into the acceptable range, then a sample goes into a Hydro-Kit that contains a white powder in a glass vial, Shake it up and if there is suspended water it will turn pink.


I cant see why any reputable company would object to a small sample of Rec-gas as long as you are not tying up the driver for an unreasonable time.
If it's not an approved container and something goes wrong for any reason there will be a major problem.
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