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CavemanCharlie

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Posted: 05/10/19 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mobeewan wrote:

Diesel fumes venting from a fuel can are not volatile like gasoline. It ain't gonna blow up your rig. I remember when I had a diesel Isuzu pick up. Periodically I had to drain the fuel filter water separator assembly.

The first time I had some cardboard and personal papers to burn. I poured the drained fuel into the barrel wetting the paper and cardboard. I stood back and flipped lit match after match into the barrel expecting the whump of ignition and the barrel to shake. Nothing. I finally grabbed a piece of paper with diesel on it and lit it with my lighter. A small spot lit not much bigger than the lighter. I watched as the flame very, very, slowly spread and threw the paper into the barrel, again nothing. I looked into the barrel and nothing, no flame of anytime, only a smoldering piece of paper. Throwing the paper in blew out the flame. I grabbed a piece of cardboard, lit a dry spot which burned faster, held the cardboard so the diesel fuel would ignite and waited till it started burning good. Then slowly I added the burning cardboard into the barrel waiting for the explosion and the fast run to the faucet to put out my engulfed limb. It didn't happen the flame slowly spread through the cardboard and paper. The flames spread and grew faster only as the heat warmed the diesel fuel.

Diesel fuel doesn't go bang or whump unless it has pressure or heat to help it.

The next time I added a couple ounces of gasoline to the burn barrel just for a little excitement.


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I would make sure to carry them in a well vented compartment. While not as bad as gas, the diesel fumes could build up and be explosive.
Are you kidding me. About the only way to diesel fuel to explode is mix it with fetilizer and set it off with a stick of dianomite


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hotpepperkid wrote:

I would make sure to carry them in a well vented compartment. While not as bad as gas, the diesel fumes could build up and be explosive.
Are you kidding me. About the only way to diesel fuel to explode is mix it with fetilizer and set it off with a stick of dianomite


yup diesel must be at least 125F before you can ignite the fumes with either a spark or open flame. Now you could get above that in a closed compartment in hot weather.


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hotpepperkid wrote:

I would make sure to carry them in a well vented compartment. While not as bad as gas, the diesel fumes could build up and be explosive.
Are you kidding me. About the only way to diesel fuel to explode is mix it with fetilizer and set it off with a stick of dianomite


yup diesel must be at least 125F before you can ignite the fumes with either a spark or open flame. Now you could get above that in a closed compartment in hot weather.

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IdaD wrote:

As long as the basement hatch is separate enough from the cabin to keep the smells out I don't see a problem. If it's connected somehow I'd worry about the stank. There are a ton of options for hanging it on the outside of your motorhome if the smell issue is a problem, off the bumper, spare tire, etc.


The "stank" could be a problem.

X-2 for outside.

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An additional comment regarding fumes...

Fuel vapors can cause damage to other things nearby. Store some duct tape next to a gas can in a confined space. It will turn in to a useless gooey mess. I wonder what it would do to the laminate glues that are prevalent in modern RVs? I am not sure if diesel fumes will do the same thing as they seem to be more oily in nature. At a minimum, that will attract dirt & grime to nearby surfaces.

IMHO, an outside carrier will be better than an storage compartment.

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