Fuel Can Difference

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Just a quick one. Is there a difference in the metal fuel containers. re Petrol/Desiel. I noticed some on display in a store maked - Water - Petrol - Diesel. I have three metal containers that I have used for Petrol and want to use them for Diesel...

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:06

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:06
So do I and i use them for diesel As long as they are fairly dry they will be OK

With plastic about the only difference can be the colour.



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Follow Up By: Member - steve. B... (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:17

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:17
Graham. Thanx for that. I have just changed vehicles and will want to carry extra fuel, but not have to go out and purchase new ones. Cheers Steve.B...

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 12:49

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 12:49
Plastic jerry cans are colour coded to comply with the U.N. code for the portable storage of liquids , red=petrol ,yellow = diesel + blue = water .
Early ,as in original German[ hence the name jerry] cans had a slot between the handle and cap where a colour coded and engraved metal tag was inserterd to denote the contents ,the U.N. adopted the same colour coding.
The colour green was used to paint jerry cans mainly due to cost and its abillity to blend into bush /forests , Ergo the tag system to denote contents. ...
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Follow Up By: Member - Christopher P (NSW) - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 21:50

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 21:50
Hi Guys, so the yellow, John Bull vegie oil containers from work (15 Litres) work well and are un compliant, being yello in colour?

Sweet, didn't cost me a thing.

thanks
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:31

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:31
Generally they need to be better quality to carry petrol, which is a stronger solvent and then diesel & water in descending order. So if they're suitable to carry petrol, they are also suitable for diesel & water, as long as they are clean. Similarly, diesel rated jerries are not suitable for petrol but they are ok for water but water rated jerries are absolutely not suitable for diesel or petrol.

Once they've had petrol in them they would be contaminated for the purposes of carrying water - there may be something you can clean them with but I'm not sure I'd trust it, having had to live on water that smelt like petrol once or twice!

But I've interchanged petrol & diesel pretty easily just by making sure you rinse a jerry out that's had diesel in it with some petrol and leaving to to air for a while.

Hope this is clear enough.

Cheers Paul, Kalgoorlie
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:40

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 20:40
Never store Diesel in containers or fittings made of Zinc.

Galvanised containers are great for drinking water, very bad for Diesel.
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Follow Up By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:31

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:31
Why's that Mike?

Not being a smartarse, just curious to know.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:42

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:42
RW,

Long Term Storage of Diesel

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"He who lie underneath automobile with tool in hand,
....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 11:39

Friday, Mar 05, 2010 at 11:39
Interesting refresher reading that article from BP.

Storage life of Diesel will be shortened if in contact with ZINC or COPPER, or alloys containing (brass !) or if DUST containing traces of copper or zinc gets in the diesel !
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