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Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
Storing Fuel on 01/16/2010 17:16:09 MST Print View

Is it considered an unsafe practice for me to store my fuel inside my pack rather than in one of the outside pockets? Obviously, it would be quite a tragedy if I was to have a leak in my fuel container while inside my pack. So now I'm thinking it would be smarter to pack it in one of the outside pockets. Where do you guys store your fuel?

-Sid

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
fuel on 01/16/2010 18:05:10 MST Print View

First of all, you might want to mention what kind of fuel you carry, e.g. alcohol, white gas, etc. Some fuels such as kerosene are particularly obnoxious when spilled. Denatured alcohol is not.

Next, you might want to mention the quantity of fuel that you start your trip with.

Last, you might want to describe the container. Some seal much better than others.
--B.G.--

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
Re: fuel on 01/16/2010 18:18:14 MST Print View

Bob,
I use denatured alcohol or sometimes Everclear. The quantity will depend on the length of the trip, but usually no more than 7 oz. The container is a Little Nipper Platypus with a spout cap.

-Sid

Warren Maslowski
(CQBer) - F

Locale: Southeast
RE: Fuel on 01/16/2010 19:34:21 MST Print View

If it's just alcohol you should be fine unless it gets into your food or water. But anyway, I usually store my fuel in a water bottle pocket, it works out pretty well even if there is a leak.

Edited by CQBer on 01/16/2010 19:34:56 MST.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
I agree on 01/16/2010 20:37:34 MST Print View

I agree, you should be able to just throw it in the pack, maybe wrapped in a shirt. Of course, if it is Everclear, you want to preserve its purity and essence, so put the Platypus in a zip-loc bag. Then it needs to have a hazmat sticker on it, something about "no open flames."
--B.G.--

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
Re: RE: Fuel on 01/17/2010 19:56:43 MST Print View

I'm trying to think which option poses a greater threat of leakage. Inside my pack there wouldn't really be anything to poke my fuel platy (assuming I packed it properly). Storing my fuel platy in one of the outside pockets could possibly increase my chances of getting the fuel platy poked (by a branch or something) and causing a leak.

-Sid

Edited by Red_Fox on 01/17/2010 19:58:13 MST.

John Donewar
(Newton) - MLife

Locale: Southeastern Louisiana
Re: "Storing Fuel" on 01/17/2010 22:11:30 MST Print View

I used to use "Heet" in the yellow bottle. My method of storage was a recycled/reclaimed plastic shampoo type bottle with the snap shut dispenser top. I secured this container in a sealed ziploc in a seperate zippered pouch added to the outside of my pack. Overkill, maybe so, but denatured alcohol is toxic. Read the bottle. The ingredients that are added to it are meant to keep those so inclined from drinking the stuff.

I have since moved on to Everclear. It rides in an upper side pocket of my pack without the benefit of the sealed ziploc. The container is a newly purchased "holy water bottle". It has the flip up style dispenser top. These bottles happen to come in 4 ounce sizes for less than $2.00 apiece at the local religious supply. They are flat sided like similar Nalgene style bottles. I pack two side by side in the one upper pocket.

Everclear is a great fuel. Its added benefits are secondary uses as emergency anticeptic and mixed with your beverage of choice in the proper proprtions a satisfying nightcap before turning in for the night.

I shy away from throwing it my pack because I use a plastic pack liner. If the worst should happen my sleeping bag would be swimming in the stuff as it's the first thing into my pack after the rolled pad.

Party On ! 2010

Newton

Edited by Newton on 01/17/2010 22:12:56 MST.

Sanad Toukhly
(Red_Fox) - MLife

Locale: South Florida
Re: Re: "Storing Fuel" on 01/18/2010 14:56:27 MST Print View

"Everclear is a great fuel. Its added benefits are secondary uses as emergency anticeptic and mixed with your beverage of choice in the proper proprtions a satisfying nightcap before turning in for the night." -Newton

I agree. Unfortunately, Everclear is not sold where I live (Florida). I am able to acquire some every now and then.

-Sid