I had an interesting discussion on Friday, May 2nd, with an individual regarding the effectiveness of Ferox Fuel Tabs in extending diesel. He had been talking to a friend that does rock mining (digs the rock out for ore extraction). The miner said that diesel burns clean so there is no need to remove carbon from the combustion chambers, injector nozzles, etc. If this were truly the case we wouldn’t have clouds of carbon particulate being pumped into the air by diesel motors.

While it has been tested that diesel does burn cleaner than gasoline, there is still residual carbon deposited due to impurities in the diesel (go look up the chemistry of combustion). And since no combustion reaction is ever perfect there will always be residual carbon and other elements and compounds released during the reaction. Where do they go? Some make it out the exhaust valve but some cool so rapidly due to their distance from the hot flame region that they don’t get expelled from the engine. These compounds are deposited on the surfaces of the combustion chamber, tops of the pistons, injector nozzles and valves. Here is what the insides of two diesel engines run for the same number of hours (13,788 hours).

Here’s the dirty one. The friction in this engine must have been very high, even after oil changes.Diesel Engine Internals 13,000 hours

Here’s the clean one.
Diesel Engine Internals 13,00 hours Treated Fuel
The engine that has no carbon deposits had the fuel run in it treated with Ferox Fuel Tabs. And if a picture doesn’t convince, this great paper by Dionne Hallett at Penn State conclusively demonstrates through the controlled experiment that diesel combustion does in fact deposit carbon. But keep in mind that it is still significantly less than gasoline combustion.

There is a very interesting dichotomy though. While diesel doesn’t produce much carbon it does generate sulfur oxides. Sulfur oxide is the compound that when emitted into the atmosphere helps contribute to the formation of acid rain, high levels cause harm to plants, animals and humans, and severely impacts people with respiratory and cardiovascular impairment. The environmental impacts are still high. Ferox Fuel Tabs catalytic reaction reduces sulfur oxide emissions 35 – 50%. There has been testing done to verify the claim. Ferox also effectively reduces the trace sulfur in diesel. That means that you can run the high sulfur fuel, treat it and save money while increasing your mileage. The cost of treatment will be more than covered in the realized savings.

We all know the overall diesel is a much more environmentally friendly fuel. Ferox Fuel Tabs help make it even better by catalyzing the harmful compounds into harmless constituents that will not hurt the environment.

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