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We have developed this simple jar test to compare the ability of fuel additives to inhibit sludge formation and protect steel surfaces against fouling and corrosion in the presence of free water (condensation) and biological contamination. This test was first presented at a Brookhaven National Laboratory Oil Heat Technology Conference in 1996 and is designed to mimic real-world conditions. We have tested most of the additives currently on the market but if you don't see one on the list, we'll be happy to test it against Fuel Right ® .

How It Works

Glass jars are filled with fuel oil or diesel fuel, a small amount of water, a steel panel or "coupon", and a small amount of sludge. One jar serves as the "control" and receives no additive. Each of the other jars is treated with an additive at the manufacturer's recommended dose. The jars are then loosely capped and placed in a dark box or closet.

Once a month the jars are opened, most of the fuel is removed and replaced with fresh fuel, and the jars are re-treated with their respective additives. This process is repeated until, after 12 to 18 months, the "control" coupon has become well fouled. At that point all jars are compared and scored based on:

  • 1. Fouling of the coupon surfaces
  • 2. Corrosion of the coupon (by weight loss)
  • 3. General growth of sludge (determined by pouring contents through a strainer)

Each jar is scored on a scale of 0-10, with the "control" scoring a "2" in each category. In any category, a score of less than "2" indicates the additive was actually worse than no treatment at all and a score of "10" indicates that additive was perfect in that regard. Below is an example of a typical result:

Untreated ControlFuel RightOther Additive
SCORES Coupon Strainer Corrosion Total
Control 2 2 2 6
Fuel Right 10 10 10 30
Other Additive 2 5 2 9

Summary of Test Results

The following tables show how various products performed in the jar test. The scores have been converted into ratings in each category as follows:

  • VP - A score of 0 or 1 in that category. (Worse than with no treatment at all.)
  • P - Score of 2 in that category. (The same as with no treatment at all.)
  • F - Score of 3 or 4. (Slightly better than no treatment - slight benefit.)
  • G - Score of 5 or 6. (Visible benefit but not outstanding.)
  • VG - Score of 7 or 8. (Much benefit - definitely worth considering.)
  • E - Score of 9 or 10 in that category. (Outstanding performance.)

When using this information, we recommend that you look for products that score high in the categories of interest to you. For instance, if you are interested in less sludge fouling but don't care about whether tanks are corroding, focus on the fouling categories. In general, the product(s) with the higher ratings should be expected to perform better in the field.

The results you see here represent the newest results we have. "Newer" versions of some products are slated for testing in the next few months, and we'll update our results as they become available.

Heating Oil Additives

Product
Name
Made or
Sold By
Year Test
Started
Surface
Fouling
General Fouling
& Sludge Growth
Tank
Corrosion
Overall
Score
See the
Results
Actene A Aetna Chemical 1996 F VP F 10 Click for results
Actene BAC-101 Aetna Chemical 2001 P G F 13 Click for results
Actene WP Aetna Chemical 2007 P G P 11 Click for results
APC-30 Solvall 1999 VP P P 5 Click for results
Aropet DSS Arol 1996 F VP VP 4 Click for results
Atomic Heat SOS Products 2004 P VP P 5 Click for results
Avalux Innospec 2007 P F P 10 Click for results
Biobor JF
(Biocide)
Hammonds Fuel
Additives
2002 VP VP VP 2 Click for results
Comfort Zone
(IN 05)
Index (GE-Betz) 1999 VP VP VP 1 Click for results
Flame-Rite
(at 100ppm)
Jamestown
Chemical
2001 G G VP 15 Click for results
Flame Right
(IN15)
Index (GE-Betz) 1999 P VP P 5 Click for results
Fuel Guard
(Biocide)
Park-Hill
(C&S Scientific)
1995 VP VP VP 1 Click for results
Fuel Right Fairville Products 2009 E E E 30 Click for results
Heating Oil + Global 2007 VP F P 10 Click for results
Hot FPPF 2005 P P P 7 Click for results
Hot Shot E-Zoil Products 2005 VP VP P 3 Click for results
HFX Energy Additives 1996 P VP VP 3 Click for results
Ida-Sol D84
(Corrosion Inhib.)
Ideas, Inc. 2001 - - F 6* Click for results
Kathon (Biocide) Rohm & Haas 2000 P G P 11 Click for results
Kleen Fuel Worcester Brush 1999 VP VP VP 2 Click for results
LTSA-35A Fuel Quality
Services
2007 P F F 13 Click for results
MX-3 Ideas, Inc. 2001 P F F 12 Click for results
Nalco 303MC
(80 ppm)
Nalco Chemical 2000 VP F VP 6 Click for results
Nalco 303MC
(100 ppm)
Nalco Chemical 2002 VP G VP 8 Click for results
Oil Burner
Tune-Up
Imperial 2007 F F F 10 Click for results
Organo Ban Park Hill
(C&S Scientific)
1995 VP VP VP 1 Click for results
PMT C&S Scientific 1997 F F VP 7 Click for results
Power Flow Hercules 2001 G P E 21 Click for results
Red Heat 700 Jamestown
Chemical
2003 P VP P 5 Click for results
SBG (Sludge
Be Gone)
FPPF 2005 VP P VP 5 Click for results
Sludge Solve C&S Scientific 1997 G VP E 18 Click for results
Sludge Solve IPC 1998 VP VP VP 2 Click for results
Sludgemaster Plus Stewart/Hall -
Rectorseal
1997 G F VP 13 Click for results
STR 2+ Technol,
Sid Harvey's
2005 F F F 17 Click for results
Standard
Sediment Tr.
E-Zoil Products 2008 F E VP 13 Click for results
Super Heat IPC 2005 VP VP VP 2 Click for results
Surephyre 3000 Innospec 1999 VP VP VP 3 Click for results
Tank Armor FPPF 1998 - - VP 0* Click for results
Tank Protector
(zinc ball)
Boston
Environmental
1998 - - VP 0* Click for results
Tank Shield Rutland 1995 F VP F 8 Click for results
ThermoGuard Valvtect 1998 VP VP P 3 Click for results
Ultraguard (1032) ILFC, Beckett
Additives
2007 P F P 10 Click for results
WP-3 Westwood Products 2005 P F VP 8 Click for results
XTR+ (No
Longer Available)
Sid Harvey's 1999 E G G 25 Click for results
* scored only on corrosion - not sold for preventing sludge or fouling

Diesel Additives

Product
Name
Made or
Sold By
Year Test
Started
Surface
Fouling
General Fouling
& Sludge Growth
Tank
Corrosion
Overall
Score
See the
Results
Artic Formula Chemical
Technologies
2003 P P P 6 Click for results
Biobor JF Hammonds
Fuel Additives
2003 VP VP VP 2 Click for results
Bio-Con Siloo 1995 F VP G 15 Click for results
Bio Diesel Star brite 2008 VP E P 13 Click for results
BioGuard Valvtect 2008 VP G P 12 Click for results
Bio Kleen Power Service 2003 F F F 12 Click for results
CRC DFT CRC Canada 2003 G F G 21 Click for results
Clean Boost
Comb. Catalyst
RGS 2007 P P P 8 Click for results
DFC+ Sid Harvey's 2005 VP G VP 8 Click for results
Diesel Fuel
Catalyst
Red Line
Synthetic Oil
2002 F VP P 8 Click for results
Diesel Fuel
Cond. & Anti-Gel
Berkebile Oil Co. 2008 VP G P 11 Click for results
Diesel Fuel
Supplement
Power Service 2002 P VP P 5 Click for results
Diesel Guard Valvtect 2005 P P P 6 Click for results
Diesel Kleen Power Service 2002 P VP P 5 Click for results
Diesel Treat 2000 Schaeffer Mfg. 2003 P P P 6 Click for results
Diesel Power Gold Eagle 2007 P G P 12 Click for results
EC-1 Diesel
Additive
Innospec 2001 VP F P 7 Click for results
E-Zoil Diesel Aid E-Zoil Products 1998 VP P VP 3 Click for results
Frost Prep Park Hill
(C&S Scientific)
2005 P P P 7 Click for results
Fuel Power FPPF 2008 P VP P 5 Click for results
Fuel Right
Summer Diesel
Fairville Products 2009 E E E 30 Click for results
Fuel Right
Winter Diesel
Fairville Products 2009 E E E 29 Click for results
Gunk/Diesel Tone Radiator Specialty 2004 VP F VP 6 Click for results
Howes Lubricator Howes 2007 P F P 8 Click for results
JB DFC JB Quality Products 2001 VP VP P 3 Click for results
Polar Power FPPF 2008 VP P F 6 Click for results
Pri-D Power Research 2007 VP F P 8 Click for results
Pyroil DFT Valvoline 1995 P VP F 8 Click for results
Soltron "Enzyme"
Fuel Tr.
RS Marketing 2007 P F P 9 Click for results
Soy Shield Schaeffer's 2008 VP F P 7 Click for results
STP DFC STP 1997 P VP P 4 Click for results
StarTron Star Brite 2008 VP F P 7 Click for results
Stor-N Start Marine Development 2008 VP VP P 4 Click for results
Ultraguard DFC ILFC 2002 P VP P 5 Click for results
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