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Old 10-07-2016, 11:01 AM   #1
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Fuel can inside aluminess box - bad idea?

When necessary to carry fuel is a metal 5g jerrycan or two in the deluxe box a bad idea due to that box not being vented (much)? Talking about the door type box not the open tray type. Anybody do this? Or better off strapping them to the box top? Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:39 AM   #2
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I occasionally carry a 2.5 gallon plastic gas van in my box.. not too worried, the aluminess box isn't airtight. Or at least mine isn't.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:44 AM   #3
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For metal cans I wouldn't worry about it.

If you ever add a plastic can, just be sure it doesn't leak vapors, and don't place it on an insulator like a non-skid mat (because static).
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:22 PM   #4
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I've carried metal Jerry cans in mine plenty of times, but I put them on top once I found ones that fit tightly between the railings. Most small generators have built in fuel tanks, and lots of folks carry them in the box too.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:35 PM   #5
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As Carringb alluded to, you want to either not have vapor build up, or no ignition source. If you work to minimize the chance of ether, you're probably OK.

FWIW, I'm still low rent in this regard and can be seen driving around with a five gallon container ratchet strapped to my roof rack at times.
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:42 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=MadScience;186239]As Carringb alluded to, you want to either not have vapor build up, or no ignition source. If you work to minimize the chance of ether, you're probably OK.


Eliminating the vapor is definately the best choice. Should vapor build up, say on a hot day where the box is an oven, ventilation perhaps in the form of a louvered vent in the back, top and bottom will help. Should enough vapor escape to bring the atmosphere somewhere between the upper explosion level and the lower explosion level, any ignition source (perhaps a spark from the door latch?) will set it off. Having said that, I suspect it would be very unlikely. Just keep the cans sealed and enjoy having spare fuel.
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Old 10-08-2016, 01:48 PM   #7
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I had holes top and bottom punched into my bumper box. They can be plug if needed but never found a reason to. I carry diesel in Sceptor poly jerry cans from time to time and feel fine about it... I'd probably do the same with gas even thought it's more volatile than diesel. A puncture while using cheap plastic tanks might pose an issue if not secured well and feel better with hauling fuel in a heavier duty type can. I kind of think of how I'd like a motorcycle tank be made tough enough as not to split leak or vent at the wrong time.
Not sure about what the DOT says about fuel tanks (even propane) in closed containers. I'm not too worried__
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for all this advice guys I'll punch holes or put some vents in there just in case. Good to know other folks are doing this without creating an unplanned fireworks display on the way out to saline.


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