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Old 01-17-2013, 05:28 PM   #16
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It's a canvass type fabric so it won't stretch much, a few mm's maybe. Soak it in water. Having said that, being snug isn't a bad thing.

Don't cut it.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:41 PM   #17
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Well, the pouches arrived. I am a bit disappointed, as they don't fit as it looked like they would. Whoever measured them for the ad must have included straps, buckles, etc in their measurements, because a depth x 2 + width x 2 far exceeded the bottle diameter x pi.

I forced a bottle in, took several minutes of effort. You can't tell but that pouch is stretched really tightly:



I am hoping there is some give in the fabric, because otherwise, insertion is a one-time thing. I'll leave the bottle in overnight, see if it loosens up. If that doesn't work, I'll try soaking it in water (works with new boots).

I guess I could remove the pouch to fill the bottle, rather than removing the bottle from the pouch.

Other option is to cut and sew in an elastic panel. Wife could do that pretty easily, but I hope it isn't necessary, especially since elastic relaxes over time.
Well...I think that my own bottle is a 750ml because it fits better than your 1L
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:18 AM   #18
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Well 1 bottle in pouch is immersed in water, we'll see if that helps.

I tried the other 2 this morning, and I can report that the quality control must be pretty good, because the fit is exactly the same. I timed it, and inserting the 2 bottles upside down, which is easier than bottom side down because the necks taper, took 4 minutes. I'll leave them for the day, and then turn the bottles the correct direction.

Leaving the bottles more or less permanently in the pouches will work, but it is less convenient. Especially if I spill a bit of gasoline when filling, since it will absorb into the fabric and stink, rather than being able to just wipe dry with a paper towel.

I will ask Wifey to modify 1 pouch (I bought 1 more pouch than I had bottles, thinking it may come in handy), and see how that works out. I'll report back.

Thanks for the input & interest.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:29 AM   #19
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There's a guy in Vendors that custom makes stuff like you want. Prices seem reasonable and everyone appears thrilled with his work.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:02 AM   #20
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There's a guy in Vendors that custom makes stuff like you want. Prices seem reasonable and everyone appears thrilled with his work.
Thanks for that, I will have a look out of curiosity, but this is a tight-wad solution. Nothing custom is as cheap as this.

We made our own food barrel harness for canoe camping, and it is still working fine after 10 years. Until someone kindly posted up the Molle pouch suggestion, this was going to be a home-brew project.

If I wanted to spend $90, I'd go Rotopax, or $300, I'd get a larger gas tank. Thing is, I only occasionally feel the need for more range than the stock fuel tank provides.

I bought three 1L fuel bottles new for $4 each, and the pouches cost a little less than $8 each. So at this point, I am already invested for $35, and as it is, they will work fine. I just would prefer that the bottles were more easily removable, otherwise this is exactly what I wanted.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #21
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Can I ask where you got those fuel bottles for 4$?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:48 PM   #22
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Can I ask where you got those fuel bottles for 4$?
Sierra Trading Post http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ I don't see any on sale there now.

They were $3.71 each, 1L Brunton brand. That was in 2010 (I looked up the receipt).

Steep and Cheap is another possible source, if you are looking.
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Soaking in water didn't loosen them up. I may just not worry about modifying them, since they will work perfectly, other than not being (easily) removable for filling and dispensing. They look like they'll strap onto my Wolfman saddlebags or dry bag really well.
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