Which oil absorbent should I buy for fueling my vessel?
You may be filling up gas for your 30' pleasure boat or taking a load of 200,000 of diesel fuel and need to catch those splashes of fuel or quickly clean up a spill. Either way you can use any of the oil-only absorbents we sell.
We recommend the SonicBonded (Better) absorbent for this application. This pad has a layer of material added to the pad to give it strength. If you need to wrap in around the fueling hose and it gets completely saturated, it will stay in tack when you unwrap it. It also is has no liner on one side so it will quickly absorb. If you spill in the water, this will help it quickly soak up the fuel.
Why can't I find the thickness of the oil pads on your site?
Are you ready for a lot of information?
If you read people saying they sell 3/8" thick pads, and wonder why we don't tell you the thickness, don't get all wrapped up on a thickness specification. A bale of a 3/8" thick 100 count oil absorbents would be 37.5" high. Looking anywhere in our warehouse you won't find a bale that more than 24" and that's a custom pad designed by our company. So how do some sellers call them 3/8" or 1/4" thick? In this case the oil absorbent is 3/8" or a 1/4" when it comes off the production line. When it cools gets bagged then stacked on a pallet, it compresses. Each bale of oil absorbent will vary by where in the pallet they were stacked. So the ones on the bottom of the pallet will be a shorter bale than the bales on top. So now you want a bale that was on top, don't you? Read on....
The thickness does nothing for absorption. The weight is the most important factor. No matter how far the absorbent has been compressed during transit, it will perform only as good as the amount of material put into it. The advertised gallons per bale is really what you need to look at.
So to properly compare, take the total cost (including shipping charges) of the bale of oil absorbent, divided by the amount the bale will absorb. This will give you a ratio of how much money you will spend per gallon of oil absorbed.
Now that you are armed with this information, you may find that between different types of oil sorbents, that the cost is different. For example, it cost more money to produce higher end oil sorbents like the Airlaid or MultiLaminate. There are benefits to these, like the Airlaid being an excellent wiper or an oil sorbent to cram into a tight space because it is very flexible by design. You could save a little money and go with the laminated oil sorbent and it will be tough just like the Airlaid, but it's a little more rigid and will work better on the floor by staying flat while walking on it.
So determine the intend use of the oil absorbent and buy the most cost effective. If you need help with selection, just drop us a line at info@thebuyingnetwork or call us at 800-9-BUYNET.