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post #1 of 29 Old 07-12-2011, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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CHEAP fuel bottle

In keeping with the KLR tradition of frugality, I often shop at dollar stores. Today I went to a local Dollar Tree and found these aluminum water bottles. They are 750ml each and only a buck. I was thinking these are just like those Sigg fuel bottles and could be used to carry a little extra unleaded for my stove and bike should I run out. Anyone think these could NOT be used for this intended purpose? I sure as hell am not going to drink out of something made from Chinese metal. There are two types, the difference is the width of the opening. I got two with the wider mouth.

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post #2 of 29 Old 07-12-2011, 12:02 PM
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I don't see why they wouldn't work as long as the seals on the lids will stand up to prolonged exposure to gasoline.



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they should work man, drop the seals into a bowl of gas for a day and see if they get slimy or change shape. you could always make some cheap seals from gasket material or you can buy rubber O rings at Advanced or at Lowes. I think overall that's a great idea to have a little extra fuel in a compact tube like that.
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Sigg doesn't make fuel bottles any more; they haven't in quite a few years. They are all water bottles now. Pity.

Water bottles usually have a coating on the inside. If you got them for a buck, I would fill them with fuel and lay them on their side in the sun. After a half hour or so I'd shake them real good and see if the seals hold. Then I'd dump them out and see if the coating held up.

If they passed those tests I'd follow planalp and Pub Charlie's lead and soak the gaskets in fuel for a day or two and see if they hold up.

If they do, you may have a real find on your hands.

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I have a couple like that, but I carry extra oil in them.




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Mine DON'T seal well.




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I'll see if I can do some testing in the next couple days.

Thanks for the suggestions

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Not a bad idea but a couple of things that would concern me.
The seals have already been mentioned but isnt the cap plastic as well? and shouldnt they be vented to carry gas?
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Not a bad idea but a couple of things that would concern me.
The seals have already been mentioned but isnt the cap plastic as well? and shouldnt they be vented to carry gas?


Cap is plastic.
These questions are why I posted this. I am no chemical engineer

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