I¤b - is a new standalone iron addition with unlimited use
The point to enrich a fuel with iron is that the internal engine parts are
coated with a layer of iron oxide. The red layer acts as a catalyst which
facilitates/improves the combustion process, so that the efficiency of the
engine increases, ie the fuel consumption decreases. In principle lend the
trioxide out its oxygen atom (as it has plenty of) during the actual combustion,
but take it back later again - that together with the effect of the extended
surface the trioxide layer generates. This is not facts - only hypothetic. It is
quite controversial and generally not accepted - while many who have tried the
method believe that fuel consumption drops. My purpose is not to decide for or
against, but show how to proceed in order to gets some experience. MCO20 also
creates an oxide layer but containing sulfur (sulfate), which can cause deposits.
Both i¤b and ωFe is miscible in most petroleum products, or alcohols, and does
not contribute to any adverse residue.
Test runs with i¤b with both petrol and E85 in an ordinary station wagon has
been carried out without any direct positive impacts being identified. Any test
with i¤b in diesel have not been implemented yet.
I have long tried to develop a fuel-soluble iron salt that also can serve with
my additives. Before ”i¤b” appeared had I already developed MCO20 and
omega-Fe. MCO20 creates an iron trioxide layer - that is clear. Regarding omega-Fe
am not certain but probably also this results in a layer, but the main effort with
omega-Fe is the lubrication of the cylinder walls. MCO20 is intended for E85
plus an external glycol additive, while omega-Fe only works for petrol. I¤b
in the other hand works for both E85, other alcohols, petrol and diesel - it is
at least certainly to enrich any of these with iron at any time. Before I
found i¤b I studied other iron salts such as ferrocene (probable the component in
MPG-Caps), McMT and pentacarbonyl. They are usually difficult to manufacture
itself. German's BASF however, has long produced pentacarbonyl for use in
inductive components. Common to these is that they are octane-enhancing.
Read more on the site ferrocene about just ferrocene.
Picrates is often referred to ”increase fuel milage”, which should be studied
more closely in the future.
”i¤b” is an abbreviation for ”iron” and ”benzoate” and ¤ (sun sign) in between
illustrate the benzene ring (although something unknown), which is typical of
benzoates or different cyclic hydrocarbons. We are talking about iron
benzoate - another variant of the preservative sodium benzoate. A
somewhat tricky substance that has been blamed for various ailments. Sodium
benzoate occurs at eg soft drinks - thus: cyclic hydrocarbons... Metallic
benzoate salts however are easy to make yourself which one should consider
when to operate a ”do it yourself site” of this kind. All you need is water, sodium
benzoate and a metal sulfate. Exactly what type of iron benzoate I got out is
unknown. There are some variations and the most common is
If one comparing so-called MPG-Caps or fuel pills with i¤b is the difference
that I have chosen the liquid variety. The advantage is that it more quickly
becomes distributed in the fuel if the iron is dissolved in for example alcohol
before it is dispensed in the tank. Moreover, it is difficult to manufacture
pills with only the soluble component credited. Its possible but requires that
one can distil a salt carrier such as ethanol - collect - distilling etc. Here
we can dosing an teaspoons i¤b in one deciliter (3 oz) and then filter it in
a simple coffee filter. I¤b should be incorporated in dEC+ for petrol. AT2 or
possibly hoGA for E85 and for diesel: isopropanol. Although additives A40 and
ISO can keep i¤b. For petrol engines seems the most optimum to incorporate
omega-Fe with A40 and i¤b in dEC+. Both (omega-Fe and i¤b) work together,
but also ferrocene can coexist.
Dried iron benzoate after filtration/washing. When the filter paper absorbs iron benzoate during drying, one should save it.
The carrier is thus a fuel additive which is to be prepared with this iron salt.
The color tone is revealing and like omega-Fe darkens the carrier significantly.
Never use i¤b in gasoline or ethanol vehicles along with IPA. IPA (isopropanol)
should only be used if one wants to enrich diesel with iron. My experience with
IPA in petrol or E85 is that it neutralizes the effects of other additives. IPA
is not a bad additive as it dissolves unwanted substances and water very good,
but as I said, one should avoid it as far as possible here. On the other hand,
in diesel fuels - IPA is the savior number one. Unfortunately is the methylated
spirits one can buy today already prepared with a minor part of IPA. That means,
dEC+ will be holding some IPA whether one like it or not. To avoid IPA so is it
certainly worth to look for those brands that do not contain IPA. This can be
a little detective work in itself, to find them.
Good solvents for i¤b are: methanol, ethanol, acetone and IPA. Gasoline, toluene
and other cyclical solvents are good carriers. Different naphtha products including
diesel are sparingly soluble carriers - such as glycol and water also is. Then
benzoates often have a low melting points can warm liquids (including Water)
causes that a benzoate will be solved.
The content of iron in the fuel depends on the type of additive, and how much
The sodium benzoate must be obtained and the fastest way to find it is at
on the spice rack, larger quantities can be ordered through eBay. Paint shops
are providing iron sulfate. It is used to paint wooden exterior with - the wood
closest the surface die and turns gray, which protects against decay. Thus, iron
sulfate with seven water molecules:
FeSO4* 7H20 (copperas).
Plain tap water can be used. The salts that already are solved in the water and
the formed sodium sulfate is sparingly soluble in for example ethanol. If one
use methanol as a carrier so can one expect that even other trash including iron
benzoate gather in the fuel tank. If one on the other hand choose gasoline,
toluene, benzene, xylene, etc. as a carrier, then one can be sure that only the
long non-polar molecular groups will be solved.
Production of i¤b
Both benzoate and iron sulfate shall be dissolved in water separately and
apparently has the two about the same solubility. The necessary amount of
water to dissolve the components is about 3.5 times the amount of powder.
Example: 10 grams benzoate powder then requires 35 ml of water (same with
iron sulfate). Here we choose to increase the amount to 7 times the amount
of powder, which is needed because it all as well will ferment during the
formation of iron benzoate (i¤b).
An old coffee carafe with heat-resistant glass is a good reaction container as
it after a few rounds forms hard iron deposits inside the container. This should
not your ordinary utensils and maybe your lab glass get exposed for. In the
carafe should iron sulfate be prepare with water. The sodium benzoate will
be prepared in another container, in addition will the sodium hydroxide be added
and that along with the sodium benzoate. Be sure to stir well until all powder is
dissolved in the water!
The in water dissolved sodium benzoate (plus hydroxide) are then slowly stirred
into the water dissolved iron sulfate at the carafe. Then this will be heated
to boiling. When it has boiled a moment one can allow it to stand and cool for
at least two hours, preferably longer. When it's cold, it's time to
wash off all the water-soluble salts from the reaction mass and then you can
use a coffee filter. Add cold water in the mass, stir and then down in the filter.
Continue pouring clean cool water on the mass in the filter so that no water
soluble salts can exist there longer.
The last step is to gently dry the mass in an oven. Around 210-230 F is enough.
It can be noted that a significant reduction in volume occurs! The weight of the
dried powder is quite close to 30 % of the total initial weight which means that
70 % of the salt disappeared in the wash water. Iron benzoate has a low melting
point but one do not win anything in weight to let it dry in air. If so, a good
tip is to use a computer fan. This type of evaporation will of course takes a
bit longer then. The residual filter paper can be cut into small pieces which
one put in the carrier (the fuel additive) and then wait for the color change.
Citric acid appears cleaning of vessels and molds that boarders i¤b, but oxalic
acid take away basically everything, though it may take a while.
Using a letter scale may
seem exaggerated but facilitates of course the preparation. The lye should be
dissolved in appropriate amount of water before the benzoate is added (29g
The reaction takes place
immediately during the mixing operation - one should stir continuous. Consumptions
of water here: 2 x 200 ml.
Time to heat.
(after 12 hours).
Fluff up the mass with a little
water and stir - before filtering begins.
Washing in a coffee
filter at a smaller model. A greenish tinge may discernible.
The wet mass may be dried in a
normal household oven (type 210-230 degrees Fahrenheit).
16.4 grams of total 58 grams
salt was the result. If one adds that were dried in the filter paper, we have 17.6
grams. This is 60% by weight of the iron sulfate.
A basic solution is necessary for that the reaction should go into the right
direction, but instead of lye can one also use ammonia and then can 1/5 of the
benzoate amount consist of type 25-percent ammonia solution.
- 1 part (weight/volume) powder iron sulfate
- 1 part (weight/volume) powder sodium benzoate
- 1/10 powder sodium hydroxide by the amount of sodium benzoate
The ratio of the components is approximately, but an excess of benzoate is
preferred than vice versa. After several attempts, one can observe that the
amount of sodium hydroxide is quite optimal. If then the weight of benzoate is
29 grams so will the weight of sodium hydroxide be close to 2.9 grams, and thus
in agreement with the above demonstration. Small variations may occur regarding
the amount of hydroxide but rather more than less.
Regarding sodium and iron sulfate: dissolve in cold water separately. The sodium
hydroxide is dissolved with the benzoate. Water factor = 7.
one saves some electricity to dry through a computer fan. All that one needed is a fan
and a plate of plexiglas. Then it can sit there and hum a few days - in an
From a powder to a liquid
Just ethanol is particularly suitable for i¤b. Ethanol dissolves the combustible
iron benzoate good while it excludes uninteresting salts. Methanol is too good
and solves willfully every possible both useful and useless things. Acetone is
well located slightly to the ethanol direction too.
Unlike omega-Fe, we avoid separating the sneaky iron hydroxide when doing a iron
additive with i¤b. You just put the powder in the solvent, let it stand for a
while and then filter out the sediment. The result is a dark but clear liquid
that immediately can be put into use.
- Measure the solvent/fuel additive to be enriched with iron in a bottle
- Add one teaspoon (5 ml) Powder per deciliter (100 ml) solvent in the bottle
- Shake the bottle and let it stand for a day or longer
- Filter the iron-enriched solvent in a cardboard filters (coffee filter) into a second bottle