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Old 06-23-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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Diesel fuel and plastic buckets

I need to do some diagnostic testing on my fuel system that requires me to bypass the fuel tanks and feed fuel to the engine from a bucket. Anybody know if the plastic in a plastic bucket will chemically react with diesel fuel?

I don't want to find out later that I damaged my fuel injectors or anything else if this is a possibility.
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Old 06-23-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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Plastic jerry cans (yellow) are made for diesel maybe you can use one of them?
I believe galvanized buckets are still sold in hardware stores.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:28 AM   #3
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Plastic jerry cans (yellow) are made for diesel maybe you can use one of them?
Yep, five gallon diesel jugs can he had for $14.00 or so if you shop around. One gallon jugs (red) are cheaper. The fuel doesn't care what color the jug is but if you use a red one for diesel, you might want to label it with a marker.

An actual fuel container is safer than a bucket and you can just put the cap back on when you're finished.
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I had several red gasoline jugs left over from my gasser days. I used Krylon plastic paint to re-do them in yellow (would not notice or forget to read a label). Seems to stick really well even when a spill of diesel hits the finish on filling.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:57 AM   #5
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Nah, just pour it back into the tank when you're finished. The plastic bucket is made from the same plastic the fuel jugs use.
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Either color of petroleum rated fuel containers will work for your purpose.


But you probably shouldn't use a galvanized
container though. The galvanizing material is Zinc and it leaches into the diesel and is really hard on your injector system. (That's why our fuel tanks aren't galvanized.)
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Thanks guys. I don't know why I didn't think about it but I have a yellow diesel fuel container. It's full of old fuel, so now the problem is where to dump it. I don't think even the city dump will take fuel, oil yes but not fuel. Any suggestions, it's 5 gallons of old dirty diesel fuel.
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Thanks guys. I don't know why I didn't think about it but I have a yellow diesel fuel container. It's full of old fuel, so now the problem is where to dump it. I don't think even the city dump will take fuel, oil yes but not fuel. Any suggestions, it's 5 gallons of old dirty diesel fuel.
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Doesn't your marina have an oil recycling station or a county/city recycling facility?? They will generally take any oil product, as long as it's not heavily contaminated with water or antifreeze.
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Thanks guys. I don't know why I didn't think about it but I have a yellow diesel fuel container. It's full of old fuel, so now the problem is where to dump it. I don't think even the city dump will take fuel, oil yes but not fuel. Any suggestions, it's 5 gallons of old dirty diesel fuel.
Why is the fuel d a.d dirty? The fuel came from you engine/tanks and into anew plastic container. I would filter it back into the fuel tank.
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You can dump diesel in with waste oil. Not supposed to do that with gasoline, but it's happened.
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Why is the fuel d a.d dirty? The fuel came from you engine/tanks and into anew plastic container. I would filter it back into the fuel tank.
Don't think it's worth taking the risk just to save 3-4 gallons.
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Our local Walmart has a recycling tank by the auto shop, I have never put diesel in it but maybe they will let you do so.
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My (auto) service station will take any type of oil for free as they burn it in their heating system. Anything from old diesel to gear oil.

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