Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate questions you might have about your fuel and our products, and provide the answers.  We will also include questions asked by our viewers and the answers given.  If your question isn't specifically addressed or you need additional information, please email info@technol.com.  Click on linked questions to jump to the answers.

Can STR-2+ be used in Kerosene?

How do I know if I need a fuel conditioner?  What are the signs?

What is the difference between "Initial" and "Maintenance" does rate?

When do I use Technol 246 and when do I use Technol STR-2+?

Why do you recommend not using Technol 246 Sludge Dispersant in on-road vehicles and marine vessels?

Can STR-2+ be used in on-road vehicles?

Can STR-2+ be used in the new ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel (ULSD)?  If so, what benefits can be expected?

Are Technol products hazardous?

What is the difference between a flammable liquid and a combustible liquid?

Why can't your products be shipped by air?

Are your product labels GHS-12 compliant?


1.

Can Technol STR-2+ Distillate Conditioner be used in Kerosene?

Yes.  Kerosene (also known as Lamp Oil) is a distillate fuel which comes off the Distillation Tower below gasoline (not as light) and above Diesel Fuel (not as heavy) in the refining process, regardless of the crude source.  It is readily available for heating, lighting, and cooking in the consumer spectrum.  STR-2+ is designed to condition ALL grades of distillate fuel and Biofuels to enhance the fuel performance while reducing flame and smoke emissions.



2.

How do I know if I need a fuel conditioner?   What are the signs?

Fuel does not come with the ability to correct itself with whatever issues or problems that may exist.  By obtaining the specifications of the purchased fuel, you'll best be able to determine what fuel issues or problems may be encountered during consumption and storage.

  • Example #1: If the fuel specifications specify a Pour Point of 27, the fuel will gel and cease to flow at 27°F.  This is a direct indication your fuel needs a cold flow improver to lower the fuel's gelling temperature at which it will flow freely without heating, especially if the climate in your area has a tendency below that temperature.

  • Example #2: If the fuel specifications indicate a BS&W of 1.2%, the fuel contains 1.2% of basic sediments and water (think about it: 10,000 gallons x 1.2% BS&W = 120 gallons of BS&W which you paid for, and only 9,800 gallons of actual fuel).  Basic sediments include particulate matter, mud, and decomposed bacteria, all of which is not inherent in or characteristic of the fuel picked up following the refining process or during transportation.  Water, also NOT inherent in or a characteristic of fuel, is also picked up along the transportation route, and leads to bacteria infestation and slimy clogged filters during consumption.  A sludge dispersant and a bacterial combatant would be needed to eliminate these problems and restore the fuel it its operable potential.

In general, a fuel additive or conditioner is needed for application to every fuel delivery in accordance with the fuel's specifications and to restore it to its optimum quality and performance.  If the fuel's specifications are below standard or you experience fuel problems or equipment issues during consumption, these are likely symptoms a conditioner is needed.

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3.

What is the difference between "Initial" and "Maintenance" dose rates?

If you've never applied a conditioner to your fuel, we recommend a double dose on the first application.  For example, if the application rate calls for 1 gallon of conditioner to each 1,000 gallons of fuel (1:1000), add 2 gallons of conditioner (1:500) on the first application.  This "initial" dosage will restore your fuel to its optimum performance level.  Once performance levels are achieved and on EVERY fuel refill, you can maintain optimum fuel performance at the "maintenance" dosage of 1 gallon of conditioner to each 1,000 gallons of fuel (1:1000).



4. When do I use Technol 246 and when do I use Technol STR-2+?

Technol 246 Super Sludge Dispersant is an aggressive "sludge problem solver."  Clogged or dark-colored filters, slow-pumping fuel, and excessive emissions are direct indicators that you have a sludge problem.  Sludge is a buildup of particulate matter not inherent in the fuel which over time, settles to the bottom of the tank.  With each tank refill, you acquire more sludge.  Technol 246 breaks up this tank-bottom buildup into finite particles that are burned off during the consumption process.  After using the product and running your equipment, filters will appear clean and dark emissions are clear.

Technol STR-2+ Distillate Conditioner is the "maintenance" product to KEEP your fuel free of sludge, water, and bacteria with each tank refill.  This product begins to attack particulate matter and emulsify water as it comes into the fuel tank.  Use Technol 246 to get rid of sludge buildup, then use Technol STR-2+ to keep your tank clean and the fuel optimized for performance - all year long.



5. Why do you recommend not using Technol 246 Super Sludge Dispersant in on-road vehicles and marine vessels?

Technol 246 Super Sludge Dispersant is NOT EPA-approved for on-road consumption.  It is formulated and specifically designed for off-road applications, such as bulk fuel storages and high-supply stationary equipment.  Because of the product's highly-aggressive performance, vehicle and marine engines would not be able to adequately burn off the amount of tank-bottom particulate matter during the combustion process.

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6. Can Technol STR-2+ be used in on-road vehicles?

No. Technol STR-2+ Distillate Conditioner is NOT EPA-approved for on-road consumption.  It is formulated and designed to condition Home Heating Fuel (No. 2 Oil), Kerosene, and blended Biofuel.  It can also be used to condition Diesel Fuel consumed in heavy industrial equipment and stationary combustion units.



7. Can Technol STR-2+ be used in the new ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel (ULSD)?  If so, what benefits can be expected?

Yes, but ONLY if the ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) fuel is being consumed in a stationary unit, such as a generator, furnace, or boiler. Technol STR-2+ Distillate Conditioner is NOT EPA-approved for on-road consumption and should never be used in a vehicle.  Ultra-low Sulphur Diesel Fuel is a distillate, so the expected benefits are the same.



8. Are Technol products hazardous?

HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) is the US governing authority over hazardous items the rest of the world terms as "dangerous goods."  Manufactured items, products, and product components qualifying under the 1986 Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act (SARA), Sections 311, 312, and 313 are considered hazardous materials.  They are strictly regulated by HAZMAT according to severity.  Manufactured items, products, and products components which do meet the conditions of Sections 311, 312, and 313 are termed "N.O.S." (Not Otherwise Specified).  As such, they are not regulated by HAZMAT.

Some Technol products are considered hazardous as defined by one or more of the SARA sections.  To determine which products are and which are not, please review Section 15 - Regulatory Information of the product Safety Data Sheets.



9. What is the difference between a flammable liquid and a combustible liquid?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) defines "flammable" as a liquid having a Flash Point BELOW 100°F (37.8°C).  Liquids having a Flash Point AT or ABOVE 100°F (37.8°C) are defined at "combustible."  The "Flash Point" of a liquid is the minimum temperature at which it gives off vapor within a test vessel in sufficient concentration to form an ignitable mixture with air near the surface of the liquid. It is normally an indication of susceptibility to ignition.

Combustible liquids are divided into two classes:

  1. Class II liquids include those with flash points at or above 100ºF (37.8ºC) and below 140ºF (60ºC), except any mixture having components with flash points of 200ºF (93.3ºC) or higher, the volume of which makes up 99 percent or more of the total volume of the mixture;
  2. Class III liquids include those with flash points at or above 140ºF (60ºC).

For more detailed information on flammable and combustible categories and their subdivisions, please see the OSHA Library of Flammable Liquids.

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10. Why can't your products be shipped by air?

Some chemical commodities can be shipped by air.   However, air shipment of these commodities are triple-regulated by (1) the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), (2) the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and (3) the carrier.

  1. OSHA governs the volume (quantity) allowed to be shipped by air and their Regulatory Classification is changed from "NA" (Combustible, N.O.S.) to "UN" (Flammable) for all air shipments.
  2. IATA requires specialized packaging which must be purchased from an authorized IATA-compliant package seller.  The specialized packaging can be extremely costly to the purchaser, especially when repackaging transfers are necessary.
  3. Air carriers such as FeDex, UPS, DHL, et. al are allowed by law to impose additional restrictions in accordance with their individual corporate policies.

Most chemical manufacturers endeavor to maintain transportation safety requirements while simultaneously keeping shipping costs as low as possible.  Ground and ocean transportation achieve these goals effectively.



11. Are your product labels GHS-12 compliant?

At the present time, all Technol product labels for the shipment of pails, drums, and totes are GHS-12 compliant.  Our small packaged products, such as 8oz., 32oz., and gallon bottles are shipped by the case (boxes).  As such, we are in the process of ensuring that the individual bottle labels and the case outer markings meet GHS-12 standards.



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