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Old 21 May 2004, 09:44   #11
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They are very different from a plastic bottle, to start with they are crash tested at 20g frozen to -40 deg. C and although Ford had a bit of a problem in the states they generally donít bust.

BS marked fuel cans have to undergo a reasonable stringent test as well, canít remember all the figures but it was something like -20 to + 60 c followed by three 2mtr drop tests. There are also UV and solvent tests.

I think it is worth while buying the right thing

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Old 21 May 2004, 17:24   #12
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I think it is worth while buying the right thing :

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Scary......you are well versed in the field of tank testing! do you think that I'm putting myself at risk doing a sneaky 20ltr fill at Tesco? being new to boating, I would be interested in the views and opinions of others with plastic tanks. I'm not in the business of risky!!!! that's why I bought a RIB...kids safe and all that?


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Old 21 May 2004, 18:12   #13
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I thought that the 25l quicksilver "tank" is just that - a tank, and not a refueling can. Mine has a fuel guage and a fuel take off to go to the engine. I assume that these have a higher BS testing than the 5l green can you buy for £2.99 at Tescos.

My understanding was that the "legal" portable fuel container limits were

5l for plastic
20l for metal

On the east Coast Rivers cruise Phil and I had trouble persuading Sainsbury's to let us fill our cans - they would let us fill 2x small 5l cans or 1 big 25l tank.

My trip to the scillies last year I filled 4x 25l white plastic containers + my 25l "tank" + 90l in the boats tank!!!!!

I emptied 75l into the main tank as soon as we arrived!!

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Old 21 May 2004, 18:24   #14
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Here's another link.....

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/live...me.asp?id=1483

and

http://fp.wyfcda.f9.co.uk/fire_safety/pans/fsg5362.htm

so again, I think the max for a plastic "container" is 5l

the 25l plastic "tanks" must fall under different regs to the "THE PETROLEUM SPIRIT (PLASTIC CONTAINERS) REGULATIONS 1982" - I'm sure mine has some BS standard marked on it.

I know some people that have 5US Gal plastic containers that are sold in car boot sales etc - these do not comply with these regs.

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I have two portable tanks in my boat - a 13l plastic one and a 25l metal one. When I go to Total to fill them up, I leave them in the boat. I've never been stopped/questioned.....
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Under-floor fuel tank

Hi all!
Just saw this thread...what are the rules for filling a permanent underfloor 120 ltr fuel tank?
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Useful information, thanks Mr K.

I did have fun filling up Distant Rumble at the texaco station on Hayling, putting 225 litres in. The pump cuts out after 100 litres and needs to be started again. The assistant strongly recomended I get a loyalty card
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Useful information, thanks Mr K.

I did have fun filling up Distant Rumble at the texaco station on Hayling, putting 225 litres in. The pump cuts out after 100 litres and needs to be started again. The assistant strongly recomended I get a loyalty card
MadMat!
Am I safe in assuming that filling under-floor fuel tanks are ok?

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