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    Default Fuel Conditioners, Do they work??

    Hi All

    Have read a lot about diesel bug etc.... my question is do the magnetic fuel conditioners really work? the theroy is that by sending the fuel through a strong magnetic field the bacteria is broken up to single microbs?

    PS. Have sent a PM to Fuelblender without luck.

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    No, they don't work. Do you also believe in Father Christmas??

    If you're worried about diesel bug, dose your tank with Startron.

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    Supose he key is to have water free fuel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike6010 View Post
    Supose he key is to have water free fuel.
    That helps, but your tank has to have a breather, and condensation inside the tank will inevitably produce water.

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    Thinking along the lines of a circulation system,ie; fuelpump with coalescer element. Something that is independent from the motor. Could be set up on seperate battery and timmer.

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    Leaving the tank close to full helps reduce condensation.

    I always add some treatment when the fuel will be around a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike6010 View Post
    Have read a lot about diesel bug etc.... my question is do the magnetic fuel conditioners really work? the theroy is that by sending the fuel through a strong magnetic field the bacteria is broken up to single microbs?
    No. Magnets do absolutely nothing whatsoever for any type of fuel. The "theory" is plain woo-woo from snake-oil merchants.

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    Apart from dosing with bug killer, you should also keep your tank clean mechanically. Over the years sludge and grunge will collect in the tank and WILL eventually lead to problems. The only solution is to clean the tank regularly once a year by vacuuming out the bottom using a small pump, taking out some 5 - 10 ltrs or so, less as the tank becomes cleaner. Collect in clear containers so that you can see how dirty it is.

    This also removes any water in the bottom which is the cause of many mild steel tank failures (they last forever if you keep the water out)

    Of course many manufacturers leave you no access to your tank what so ever and should be taken out and shot!

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    Also, shooting boat manufacturers doesn't work either, I tried it a few times...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Robb View Post
    Apart from dosing with bug killer, you should also keep your tank clean mechanically. Over the years sludge and grunge will collect in the tank and WILL eventually lead to problems. The only solution is to clean the tank regularly once a year by vacuuming out the bottom using a small pump, taking out some 5 - 10 ltrs or so, less as the tank becomes cleaner. Collect in clear containers so that you can see how dirty it is.

    This also removes any water in the bottom which is the cause of many mild steel tank failures (they last forever if you keep the water out)

    Of course many manufacturers leave you no access to your tank what so ever and should be taken out and shot!
    The best solution to the accumulation of condensation in the tank, is the old fashioned idea of the tank having a little sump to catch water and dirt.

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