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Old 01-16-2009, 06:46 AM   #1
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can i transport gas in a coke bottle

the coke bottels fit great, the plastic, is think.... any ideas
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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The short answer is, yes, of course you can!

THe longer answer is, not legally (here in the US, not sure about Quito), and not for a long time (the gas will very likely start eating the plastic -- again, here in teh States -- gas is not identical the world around, but I'd think that your gas would start attacking the plastic pretty quickly, as it does here).

THe Coke bottle fits . . . . what?
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:12 AM   #3
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It won't melt it like a polystyrene cup, but eventually the polyester bottle will be attacked by the gasoline and the bottle will become brittle.

I'd definitely do it if I were in a bind and had no other options. I would not store it in a pop bottle for more than a couple of days.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:16 AM   #4
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Cleaning the garage last week i found a 1.5 liter coke bottle full of gas (and two stroke oil mixed in)
It had been sitting there for atleast two years

The bottle is as good as new
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:23 AM   #5
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I wouldn't put any toxic substance in a food container. You never know if it could be accidentally left behind and some kid would drink it. That's one of the reasons it's illegal to put gas in a non approved container.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:25 AM   #6
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They work fine. I like to transfer the fuel to the main tank as soon as possible. The greatest things are that its both free and disposable. Nothing sucks like lugging an extra fuel can along when its empty.

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Old 01-16-2009, 07:45 AM   #7
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Yes been using them for 20 years.
True; not approved but you are on an adventure! I make them unusable when done so someone does not mistakenly use it as a water bottle. Can be burned in the campfire or thrown out. They are also great disposable water containers.
The coke bottles do not leak like the approved gas cans do.
No self respecting adventure rider can part with a $10.00 red plastic fuel can. I have seen these things strapped on bikes from Prudo Bay , Alaska to Goose Bay , Labrador. They do sell gas cans in Fairbanks you don't have to haul them for 3,000 miles from Anywhere USA. When I get permanently moved back to North Pole, AK I will lend out fuel cans and have a crash pad for adventure riders.
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:04 AM   #8
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Wow, two years? I never would've guess pop bottle PET was that resistant to gasoline. I guess you actually could use it.


FYI:

http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/ch...ter-d_784.html
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:28 AM   #9
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thanks. i have been told that in RUTA 40 argentina i need to be able to do 300 to 400 k on my bike, i get 200k with the tank full. i have l been looking for a nice red gasoline container, but have not been able to find one one in BA. the bottle fits good on the top of my gear. thanks again.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:15 AM   #10
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ditto, i use two 20 oz aquafina bottles (thicker bottles than most) when i go on trips. just dont fill them all the way up and gently squeeze the air space out of them to give the bottle room for expansion. check on the bottle status at stops. ive never had a problem!
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:26 AM   #11
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I've heard that some people use those MSR water drome bags or the platypus water bags for fuel.

I have used the small foldable cardboard emergency containers. They store compactly in a pannier when you need it, are are sturdy enough to strap it down when full, and it's legal. I think they are a few dollars.

There are several brands, but here is an example:

http://autorepair.about.com/od/emerg...itzagascan.htm

Here is a review of it on advrider from another inmate:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=326126
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:18 PM   #12
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while in baja I used MSR fuel bottles but also used coke bottles as well. The coke bottles seemed to work fine for temporary use. I threw them out when I was done
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:44 PM   #13
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I've been using Ocean Spray Cranberry juice bottles for a year now. I've had gas in them for a month straight, no problems. The PETE that they are made of is supposed to have very high chemical resistance. The spout is large enough for a gas nozzle but some stations frown upon filling up non approved gas containers.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #14
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Also small Snapple bottles (large mouth). the large Listerine bottles a good. Large mouth, 1.5 liters & a little flatter. Listerine contains alcohol so that bottle probably has a greater resistance & it's construction is stronger.

I use regular Snapple for gas & bladder relief (not at the same time) when camping.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:30 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jackr
I've been using Ocean Spray Cranberry juice bottles for a year now. I've had gas in them for a month straight, no problems. The PETE that they are made of is supposed to have very high chemical resistance. The spout is large enough for a gas nozzle but some stations frown upon filling up non approved gas containers.
OK, but I still maintain that gasoline does attack PET bottles. If you look at the listing in the engineering toolbox for 150C, you see an NR rating. This tells me that at these higher temperatures the attack is accelerated enough to be a problem. How long at what temperature? I don't know, but it will eventually let go.

I would have no problem using a pop bottle for transporting gasoline on a trip, but I would definitely NOT use it for storage.
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