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Our Top Ten DEF Questions

Posted by John Presti on May 15, 2012 12:06:00 PM

Day to day, we get quite a few calls about Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). Expanding fleets are increasing demand, and customer focus is moving from single-use containers to DEF dispensing equipment.

By now, most fleet managers are familiar with DEF, a solution of high-purity urea and deionized water, and how it is used with a newer vehicle’s Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) equipment.

Various containers of Fleetline DEF

How much DEF do I need?

Your vehicle consumes DEF at a rate of about 3% by volume to diesel consumption.

 

Does the DEF mix with the fuel?

No, it’s sprayed into the exhaust stream where it reacts with the NOx in the SCR system, then released as nitrogen and water.

 

What DEF equipment do I need?

Beyond single-use containers, we offer a full line of dispensing solutions for fleets.

 

Does DEF have a shelf-life?

Yes, approximately two years.

 

Is DEF hazardous or flammable?

DEF is not hazardous, toxic or flammable.

 

Is DEF corrosive?

Yes, DEF is corrosive to copper and brass, as well as other materials. Only approved materials listed in the ISO 22241 standards should be used with DEF.

 

What happens if I run out of DEF?

Vehicles are equipped with a dashboard DEF gauge to alert the driver on the fluid level. If the level becomes low, an alert will let the driver know that the DEF level needs to be replenished. If the driver runs out completely, the vehicle power will be reduced to encourage the operator to refill the DEF tank. Once the DEF tank is refilled, normal power levels will be restored to the vehicle.

 

Does DEF freeze in winter?

Yes, a 32.5% solution of DEF begins to freeze at 12º F. Freezing does not harm the quality of the DEF solution. After thawing, the DEF will perform as required.

 

Why use a 32.5% solution?

The 32.5% urea concentration is the lowest freezing point for water urea solutions, and SCR systems are calibrated to a 32.5% solution for optimum NOx reduction.

 

What if the DEF in my truck freezes?

If DEF freezes when the truck is shut down, start up and normal operation of the vehicle is not inhibited. The SCR heating system is designed to quickly return the DEF to a liquid, and operation of the vehicle is not affected.

 

For more info on DEF, or help in choosing the right dispensing equipment for your growing fleet, give us a call.

 

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Topics: DEF, SCR, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, NOx reduction, Lubricants

Finally! A truly global Antifreeze!

Posted by John Presti on May 14, 2012 1:12:00 PM

We're excited to announce that we now stock Peak Global Extended Life Yellow Antifreeze & Coolant. This Antifreeze is for all applications - heavy duty, light duty and automotive. Finally, no more stocking multiple products for multiple uses!

For spec info on this global antifreeze click here

For pricing info, fill out the contact form to the right, call 800-289-2875, or email us at lubeorders@burkeoil.com

Large yellow barrels of Global Antifreeze

 

Dont forget - May 25th is the last day to order lubes before the price increase!

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Topics: product of the month, New Product, Price Increase, Lubricants, Yellow Antifreeze

Another DEF Price Increase???

Posted by John Presti on May 2, 2012 1:18:00 PM

Spring is not looking to be a very fun month for lubricant decision makers out there.  We just had the industries FIRST price increase on diesel exhaust fluid last month; We in the process of having this year's first finished lube price increase; NOW, diesel exhaust fluid is going up again.

My suggestion, buy NOW and stock up!  But do not stock up too much.  DEF (pending on the surrounding tempatures) has a shelf life of 2 years.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions. (617-884-7800)

We did a previous entry running through what drives these type of price increases, specifically the April 2012 increase on DEF - if you want to read the entry to get some background info, Click here to read about the Urea Price Increase

 

 

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Topics: DEF, Price Increase, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Urea

Come Visit us Today at MassBuys Expo!

Posted by John Presti on May 2, 2012 10:08:00 AM

Come Visit Us!  

DKB will be attending the 2012 MASSbuys EXPO, DCU Center in Worcester, Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 from 8am-330pm.

MASSbuys EXPO is the largest Business to Government (B2G) event in the Commonwealth that offers Statewide Contract vendors the opportunity to showcase your products and services available on Statewide Contracts to Commonwealth purchasing decision-makers. 

If you are a MA state employee and attending the show, please stop by to say hello!!

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Topics: Lubricants, MassBuys Expo

Lubricants Prices Increasing (update)

Posted by John Presti on Apr 30, 2012 9:28:00 AM

Just a quick update on the increase in finished lube prices we mentioned a couple days ago - almost every supplier is going up anywhere from .30 to .40 cents per gallon.  (Heres a link to the updated info US Base Oil Prices - Lube Report)

Dennis K Burke will be increasing affected lube products on May 15th 2012. If you know you'll need supply, you can place an order before May 15th at 1-800-289-2875 or via email at lubeorders@burkeoil.com and beat the increase.

Thanks!

 

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Topics: Price Increase, Lubricants

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Grease

Posted by John Presti on Apr 24, 2012 9:15:00 AM

1- Make sure the number matches! Do you need a #1, #2, etc? The numbers indicate the texture of the grease. #2 is the most common grease. As you go up from #2 the texture gets more solid and paste-like, as you go down, the texture of the grease gets wetter and more slippery. (How the NLGI classifies this stuff gets a little confusing -  the wikipedia article here gives a pretty solid quick overview)

2- Make sure you are matching the base stock for the grease! If you need say a lithium based grease, its very important you get a lithium grease and not say a calcium or aluminum based product.

Warehouse racks stocked with various engine lubricants

3- Make sure your grease meets the NLGI (National Lubricating Grease Insititute) parameters such as GC-LB-GA-LA-GB. (The website for NLGI goes into more detail, if you need more information, you can visit: https://www.nlgi.org/ )

4- In most cases, the color of the grease doesnt actually mean much (red vs blue). Where color DOES matter is when you see a "gray grease". This means the grease has a moly (short for molbdenum) additive in it. Most major off road equipment like excavators, skid steers, cranes recommend a moly grease. Major OEMs like Caterpillar, John Deere, Case, and Komastu also recommend moly grease ONLY in their equipment.

5- If all else fails - Ask somebody! Contact myself of one of our other fully trained lube experts at Dennis K Burke, we would be happy to answer any questions you may have about what product you need for your specific job.

*You can also get more in depth spec and MSDS info on our website by going here -Fleetline Lubricants - Specs/MSDS *

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Topics: Lubricants, grease

Finished Lubricants Prices Going Up Again?

Posted by John Presti on Apr 20, 2012 11:53:00 AM

It looks like we will all be absorbing another pricing increase 30 days for now in the finished lubricant market. Most majors Like Shell, Warren, Peak, Cam2 and Smittys have already announced that they will be participating.  I predict some of the other majors such as CITGO, Castrol and ExxonMobil will soon follow.   

Check out the link to “Jobbers World”  (http://www.jobbersworld.com/) that can help you monitor this situation. (Its also a great site to favorite to follow trends in the Petroleum Industry overall)

This chart from Jobbers World is a neat snapshot of % in price changes over the past ten years:

PCMO pricing changes

If you have an questions or concerns regarding the upcoming lube price increase, please contact me at 857.241.9678 or email me at john.presti@burkeoil.com

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Topics: Price Increase, Lubricants, Jobbers World

Where can you find Propylene Glycol? What is this stuff, anyways?

Posted by John Presti on Apr 9, 2012 11:34:00 AM

Well of course I can only think of one place that can cover all your propylene glycol needs and that is Dennis K Burke.  This stuff is the best environmentally friendly antifreeze on the planet.  

Propylene Glycol can be used in all industrial applications including chiller systems, ground thaw units, hvac systems and for food grade applications. We stock concentrate as well as 50/50, 60/40, and 40/60 blends in bulk, 55 gallon drums, and 5 gallon pails.  We are also one of the only distributors that can distribute this in bulk with our dedicated antifreeze delivery truck.

If you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me (john.presti@burkeoil.com).

(As an aside: Some customers prefer to have propylene glycol tinted so they can easily detect leaks in their systems, if you prefer tinted product we are happy to oblige, just tell your customer service rep when you place your order.)

So what is propylene glycol, exactly?

Propylene Glycol is basically the alternative to Ethylene Glycol, which is the most common type of antifreeze. Ethylene Glycol works great but the problem is you can't use it anywhere where a leak could come into contact with potable water or food processing systems. Propylene glycol is chemically compatible with ethylene glycol, but far less toxic and that allows it to be used in a broader variety of applications because there is less concern with leaking causing dangerous contamination.

Propylene Glycol is actually in almost everything. Pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol is used in deodorant, soda, pet food, cough syrup, even lipstick.  Industrial grade propylene glycol is used in everything from plastics resins, paint, in dishwashing detergent and obviously as a heat transfer fluid (it drops the freezing point of liquids) - so everything from the electrical components and dishwashing detergent in your home, to the solar panels on the roof of our office contains some level of propylene glycol. (This website's brochure has some interesting info on all the things propylene glycol does Propylene-Glycol.com/Brochure )

If you want to learn more about antifreeze in general, including propylene glycol, this website has a really awesome FAQ section that covers everything you'll ever need to know and then some - from how to know youre using the right stuff to how to recycle it. This link will take you to the FAQ section: Antifreeze FAQs

Again, if you use propylene glycol (or would like to) and would like DKB to perform a plant walk-through, email me (john.presti@burkeoil.com). Or you call 1-800-289-2875 to speak to a customer service rep or place an order. Know what you want? Just submit your order online to lubeorders@burkeoil.com

Have a great day!

 

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Topics: Environmentally Friendly Products, antifreeze, propylene glycol

April is National Car Care Month!

Posted by John Presti on Apr 6, 2012 11:33:00 AM

Please give your car a little extra attention this month.  A little TLC on the maintenance side of things can help your vehicle be more dependable and help avoid major repairs down the road.  

Either get your hands dirty or a ride to your local mechanic.  

Check out the attached link for The Car Care Council’s top 10 things to look at:  http://www.carcare.org

One thing also you can do for your vehicle is  to treat it to a nice dinner with full synthetic engine oil.  Luckily this month, Dennis K Burke has full synthetic engine oil (10w30 and 5w20) on sale. 

 

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Topics: Case Good Specials, National Car Care Month

UREA Price Increases Ahead

Posted by John Presti on Apr 1, 2012 9:13:00 AM

UREA price increase is happening in April 2012, so all distributors and end users of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) will be effected. If you are a DEF user, please call DKB today to get your latest price.

If you are curious...

Urea (fertilizer) is mainly used in the agriculture market and changes in the agriculture market, including rising natural gas prices, availability, and global agricultural factors have impacted price over time. Urea price is highly dependent on natural gas pricing, so when natural gas increases, urea follows. Because of its primary agricultural use, Urea is traded as a global commodity, and therefore liable to fluctuate with global conditions.

For a general run down on DEF, click here

For a general rundown on Urea, this website has a great explanation of what it is, why theres a global market, and how pricing works http://www.agrotainturf.com/QandA.php 

 

urea commodity price DEF

(The above chart shows urea fluctuation over the past year... Chart is from IndexMundi.com - great resource on commodity movements)

 

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Topics: Commodities, DEF, Price Increase, Urea