Why choose Aspen?
With 99% less harmful hydrocarbons than standard fuel, choosing the purity of Aspen alkylate petrol can do your engine a real favour.
2 April 2019
Petrol is petrol, you might think. And that is not all that surprising. You pour something into the tank, pull the starter cord, and sooner or later the engine will splutter to life.
But it’s not really all that simple. There are a whole array of differences between alkylate petrol such as Aspen, and the petrol you get at the pump at a standard petrol station.
The key difference is that alkylate petrol is an extra pure fuel form. Alkylate petrol is made of gaseous hydrocarbons found in fossil fuels: these are a kind of vapour or gas that occurs when refining oil. This process is called alkylation, and involves combining excess gases from the distillation of crude oil and from the cracking plant, resulting in a liquid alkylate. Some additional components are then mixed in, resulting in the finished fuel.
This provides a fuel that is significantly purer than traditional petrol. The content of harmful aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene and polyaromatics (PAH) is close to zero.
All you need to do to tell the difference is open the container. If you compare engine parts which run on conventional petrol with those of an engine run on Aspen’s alkylate petrol, the difference will also be clear to see. The engine run on alkylate petrol will be much cleaner, whilst the other engine will show significantly higher levels of soot and deposits in many places.
If you pour a splash of conventional petrol into a container, and the same amount of Aspen alkylate petrol into another container, and then ignite both, the difference will also be clear to see. The flame produced by the conventional petrol will produce far more soot, whilst Aspen’s petrol burns cleanly and brightly.
When the liquids have finished burning, the container that held the Aspen petrol will be clean, whilst the one that contained the conventional petrol will have been left with brown and black residue and deposits.
One of the things that makes the difference is the ash residues in the oil, which contain carbon and produce deposits.
Up to 99% purer
And when we say extra pure, we don’t just mean a little bit. The fact is that Aspen alkylate petrol contains up to 99% less harmful hydrocarbons than standard petrol.
Good for your engine
You’ll also be doing your engine a big favour. As Aspen’s alkylate petrol is so much purer, your engine will run better when using this fuel. It will be easier to start and the engine will be far freer of soot thanks to the clean combustion.
As Aspen fuels are up to ten times more durable than standard petrol, you don’t even need to empty the tank when preparing for winter storage. And once the season arrives once more in the spring, your engine will start up with greater ease.
So you’ve realised that you could benefit from switching to Aspen fuel. But there are all these different options, which one should you choose?
The reason this question is necessary is quite simple: different engines need different kinds of fuel. Aspen’s two main products are called Aspen 2 and Aspen 4. Aspen 2 is generally used in two-stroke engines, and Aspen 4 in four-stroke engines.
There are a number of other important reasons these fuels shouldn’t be mixed at random. One such reason is that Aspen 2 features 2% fully synthetic engine oil content. Most two-stroke engines are designed to run on fuel in which a few per cent of the total volume is made up of oil, to act as a lubricant.
However, in four-stroke engines, the lubricant for the engine usually comes from a separate oil sump. If you’re not sure whether your engine is a two-stroke or four-stroke model, check whether there’s a separate oil sump or dipstick. If there is, you have a four-stroke engine, and so should use Aspen 4.
Contact Liffey Distributors, Aspen Fuels’ Irish nationwide distributor, if you’re interested in stocking or finding a stockist of Aspen Fuels:
Address: 309 Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, D15 YV5T.