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YSN Imports voluntarily recalls the cylinders

There has been a recall issued on Flame King one pound propane capacity refillable cylinders. Green cylinders with serial numbers between 000001 and 020800 and blue cylinders with serial numbers between 000001 and 004700 are being recalled due to the possibility that the cylinders do not contain a sealant which prevents the cylinder valve from becoming loose.

YSN Imports Inc is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to voluntarily recall the cylinders. It is expected that CPSC will announce the recall in the coming weeks. YSN Imports is requesting that customers cease using the cylinders and they will be replaced.  Further information can be obtained by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safe Grilling Tips

       SAFE GRILLING TIPS

FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS.

Whether it's assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer's instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.

POSITION THE GRILL IN A SAFE LOCATION.

Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.

CHECK FOR LEAKS.

Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.

FOLLOW PROPER LIGHTING PROCEDURES.

Follow the manufacturer's lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and don't lean over the grill when lighting it.

FOLLOW PROPER RELIGHTING PROCEDURES.

If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner's manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.

BE PRESENT.

Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.

Regards,

Jeff Schultz

General Manager

Wholesale Fuels, Inc.

PO Box 82277

Bakersfield, CA 93380

2200 E. Brundage Ln

Bakersfield, CA 93307

661-327-4900

661-428-0077 Cell

Final survey data from PERC’s Golf Demo Program shows positive feedback from participants

Equipment Supplier News

Final survey data from an equipment demonstration program shows golf maintenance equipment powered by propane can dramatically reduce emissions while saving superintendents money through lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to similar equipment powered by traditional fuels.

“Propane scored really well with the superintendents and, possibly just as important, with their operators and service technicians,” said Jeremy Wishart, deputy director of business development at the Propane Education & Research Council. “They got to see firsthand that propane has some incredible environmental, financial, and operational benefits.”

The Propane Education & Research Council’s Golf Demo Program tested propane maintenance equipment at eight high-profile golf courses for up to a year from 2015 to 2016. In return for the equipment, each course recorded detailed information about each machine operating on propane, which was reported back to PERC.

Superintendents give propane’s performance a thumbs up
Asked to measure on a scale from 1 to 5 for a variety of equipment performance outputs, the superintendents and their crews gave high marks to operating with propane. Most impressively, 75 percent of the superintendents in the demo program reported an improved perception of propane after the program, and responses averaged a 4 when asked about the superintendents’ willingness to recommend propane-powered equipment to others.

Superintendents gave high marks to questions aimed at understanding how propane fit in at their course, too:
•    “Ease of integration” at the course received an above-average rating from the group.
•    “Training of propane refueling” received a 4.5 average rating.
•    “Support from the propane industry” received a 4.5 average rating.
•    “Performance of fuel delivery” received a 4.25 average rating.
Emissions analysis proves propane to be the clean option
Propane proved to be a winner for the environment as well. Every piece of propane equipment used on the courses reduced greenhouse gas emissions across the board, according to an emissions analysis by Nexight Group that compared the propane equipment to similar machines powered by gasoline and diesel engines. Using engine certification data from the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resource Board, the report compared carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions produced by the different fuels.

Compared to gasoline-powered equipment, the propane units:
•    Reduced CO emissions up to 44 percent.
•    Reduced NOx emissions up to 27 percent.
Compared to diesel equipment, the propane units:
•    Reduced NOx emissions up to 94 percent.
•    Reduced CO2 emissions up to 17 percent.
In creating the Golf Demo Program, PERC collaborated with Audubon International and R&R Products, the propane-powered turf equipment provider, to select eight courses with an established commitment to sustainable practices to take part in the program. The courses that participated were:

•    Stone Mountain Golf Club, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
•    Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Fernandina Beach, Florida.
•    Marriott Desert Springs Golf Club, Palm Desert, California.
•    The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, Florida.
•    Columbus Municipal Golf Courses, Columbus, Ohio.
•    Reston National Golf Course, Reston, Virginia.
•    George W. Dunne National, Oak Forest, Illinois.
•    Eagles Pride Golf Course, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Each course was leased four pieces of equipment from a variety of R&R Products — a Reel Max 331LP finish cut reel mower, Reel Max 744LP4 gang fairway mower, Reel Max 544 LP4 5-gang fairway mower, Greens Max 2200LP riding greens mower, and Sand Max 521LP utility vehicle — all powered by propane.

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New DOT cylinder rules effective January 23, 2017!

Department of Transportation (DOT) finalized a new rule affecting requalification timeframes of DOT cylinders; this new rule took effect January 23, 2017. 

The following chart highlights the rule change and its impacts on the following areas of cylinder requalification:

 

TWO THINGS ABOUT PROPANE WATER HEATERS YOU NEED TO KNOW

August 24, 2016

TThe first thing you need to know is that for energy savings and performance, propane-powered water heaters beat electric models hands down. 

Second, if you're replacing a water heater, you should know there have been big changes recently in the water heater market. Updated Federal efficiency standards for water heaters mean new models are larger. You can't just replace the old one with an updated model; it may not fit in the same space. Propane water heaters easily meet the space challenges of the new standards and deliver the comfortable consistent hot water your family needs.

  • Time to Switch to Propane.

There are a few things you should know. Most important: propane water heaters perform better than electric models, in every category that matters.

  • REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT—LOWER CO2
  • LESS ENERGY USE---13-16%
  • SAVE $$$$$’s
  • ABUNDANT HOT WATER
  • SAVE VALUABLE FLOOR SPACE
  •     TANKLESS TYPE—13-16 SQUARE FEET

Plus, you might be able to take advantage of rebates and incentives for installing a new propane-powered water heater. IN CALIFORNIA THE REBATE IS FROM $100-$300.

               

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL WHOLESALE FUELS REP FOR MORE INFORMATION

Attention All Propane Users

Wholesale Fuels is reminding all gas utility consumers to exercise caution and follow some basic safety guidelines regarding propane service, wildfires, and evacuations:

If you are being evacuated: if you have the time to safely do so, turn your tank off prior to leaving your property.

When you return, post-evacuation:

• If the tank has been turned off or there has been any interruption of service, call your provider to perform an inspection prior to turning the tank back on.  Only trained technicians should be operating these systems, and the National Fire Protection Association requires a leak check to be performed whenever propane supply is turned off prior to re-instating service.” 
• If the tank has not been turned off, make a good visual inspection of the full tank. Look at all sides of the tank and hosing, checking for any damage. Call us if you have any concerns.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

METUCHEN, NJ - June 21, 2017 - The Petroleum Quality Institute of America (PQIA) today announced the findings of a national survey (Automatic Transmission Fluid - Survey 2017) focused on the quality and integrity of automatic transmission fluid (ATF) in the US market. 

http://pqiamerica.com/pqatfs.gifAccording to Thomas F. Glenn, President of PQIA, "The findings of the survey are eye-opening. They show that the lubricant industry and consumers recognize there are significant issues around the quality and integrity of automatic transmission fluid in the US market and that action can, and should be taken to address them." 

Key findings from PQIA's survey reveal that off-spec, potentially transmission damaging ATFs are a significant issue in the minds of buyers and sellers of ATF, and misleading ATF labeling is the leading reason why. With that, Glenn says," The survey reveals an interesting dichotomy between the high levels of concern around labeling but a fairly low concern about actual quality. This suggests that if the industry can get labeling in order, there may not necessarily be significant issues with the quality of ATF in the market."

For those unfamiliar with ATF, it's a vital lubricant that performs many functions enabling a transmission to operate. Without ATF, nearly all cars on the road would come to a halt. But as critical as ATF is to the

The Most Concerning Issues About ATFs in the Market

proper operation of a vehicle, The PQIA survey reveals there is considerable confusion among buyers and sellers of ATF about the products in the market. This is because where Dexron® III/Mercon® fluids used to be the leading types of automatic transmission fluids (ATF) in the US market, these ATFs are being replaced by a splintering number of newer OEM specific ATF requirements, including ATF+4, Mercon V, Mercon LV, Dexron VI, ATF DW-1, ATF T-IV, SP-IV, Matic S and Matic D and K, Toyota ATF-WS, Honda DW (ZF), Diamond SP-IV, and others. 

What used to be a fairly simple matter of selecting the right ATF for your car has become much more complicated. For these reasons, and others identified in PQIA's survey, the industry can and should do more to protect the interests of consumers, installers, and others buying and selling automatic transmission fluid. And from what the survey reveals, a good start is in educating buyers and sellers, and improving the labeling of ATFs in the market.

 
 

The PQIA says the next step is to turn the information and insights from the survey into action and it will do so by taking the lead to develop an ATF Quality Improvement Leadership Council comprising lubricant and additive manufacturers and distributors, OEMs, installers, consumers, industry associations, and the media. 

What is the difference between CK-4 and FA-4 oils?

Q. What is the difference between CK-4 and FA-4 oils?

A.  The primary difference in the two categories of PC-11 heavy duty oil is with backward compatibility. API CK-4 oils will support virtually all high-speed four stroke cycle diesel engines – including older engines that were using CJ-4, as well as new engines that are currently being developed. Use of API FA-4 oils will be OEM dependent and may not be suitable for use in older diesel engines. This category will focus on the next generation of diesel engines that are currently in development to deliver greater fuel efficiency. Other differences include:

  • PC-11A (Licenses as API CK-4)
  • Viscosity grades include both SAExW-40 and xW -30 engine oils with >3.5 cP HT/HS viscosity
  • Higher level of wear and oxidation protection versus API CJ-4 oils
  • Improved shear stability
  • PC-11B (Licenses as API FA-4)
  • Improved fuel economy performance versus API CJ-4 oils
  • Applies only to SAE 10W-30 and SAE 5W-30 viscosity grades that have are between HT/HS viscosity in the range of 2.9 to 3.2 cP

If you need further clarification please contact our Certified Lube Specialist, Jude Hupp, at 661-327-4900.

Wholesale Fuels, Inc.

2200 E. Brundage Lane             PO Box 82277

Bakersfield, CA 93307               Bakersfield, CA 93380

Office   661-327-4900

Hydraulic Oils

When hydraulic oil turns from that golden honey color of new oil to a dark brown, does that mean it must be changed immediately? Is the system suffering from lost lubricating properties or gross contamination when this occurs, or is this a normal aging characteristic to be dismissed so long as the oil analysis results are within acceptable parameters? 


These types of questions are often asked whenever hydraulic fluid maintenance is discussed. Many people compare the oil in their industrial hydraulic systems to that of their automobile, assuming if the oil has turned to a dark brown that it must be changed as soon as possible regardless of how long it has been in service. 


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