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    Diesel "gas" can question

    So I don't do something stupid here. I just bought 3 five gallon gas cans for super cheap. The guy was avid to tell me 2 of them had diesel in them one had 1/3 of a gallon in it, and the other had none but use to have some in it. I'm thinking so what, but then I'm realizing allot of craigslist adds are mentioning that some had diesel in them also. Is there something wrong with the can after diesel, is it possible just to put dish soap in them and clean them out. I don't see the big deal but then again its striking me a odd everyone so concern about the diesel can. What's up?


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    Nothing wrong with using them. I would wash with soapy water and dry. But just a couple of teaspoons in a 5 gal can that is full of gas ran in a snowmobile in -0 temps will smoke like a crop duster and is a bitch to start after sitting 2 hours....... Don't ask....long story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keddano View Post
    Nothing wrong with using them. I would wash with soapy water and dry. But just a couple of teaspoons in a 5 gal can that is full of gas ran in a snowmobile in -0 temps will smoke like a crop duster and is a bitch to start after sitting 2 hours....... Don't ask....long story.

    I wonder if you can make a ski smoke like that with a touch of diesel fuel. Maybe thats why Tom's ski smokes so much....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keddano View Post
    ... wash with soapy water and dry...
    Wash and then rinse the interior thoroughly.

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    Empty the can and rinse it out with fresh gas. Use the gas from the rinse for washing parts or something.

    Seems that would be sufficient to get the diesel oils and whatnot out of the can.

    I don't like putting water in tanks/cans/etc. meant for fuel. I'd rather rinse with clean fuel and keep the water out.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripcuda View Post
    Empty the can and rinse it out with fresh gas. Use the gas from the rinse for washing parts or something.

    Seems that would be sufficient to get the diesel oils and whatnot out of the can.

    I don't like putting water in tanks/cans/etc. meant for fuel. I'd rather rinse with clean fuel and keep the water out.

    Cheers!

    I agree with that. I would think rinsing with gas would do the trick.

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    yep just rinse with some gas and your done no need to wash it out with soap and water

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    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Keddano View Post
    ... wash with soapy water and dry...
    Wash and then rinse the interior thoroughly.
    Inspect the inside of the can. If there is any signs of dirt, grit or old fuel varnish/goo/residue then it needs a good cleaning.

    You always want fuel containers to be super clean before you start using them. Adding dirt to your PWC fuel tank is never a good thing.

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