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Do I have to worry using a HDPE gas container?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by yungman, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. yungman

    yungman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Calif.
    Posts: 1,274

    I bought a small quart size plastic bottle to store gas for my blower and trimmer because smaller size is easier to measure and keep gas fresher if quantity is small. Few days ago I read an article about engine damage due to plastic dissolved in gas and stuck in the engine.
    The bottle I got is labled HDPE. I use the gas stored in it for only a week or two and I did ran about 30 oz in my blower. i Stop putting gas in the bottle as soon as I realize this. You think I might done some damage to the engine? The bottle don't look like it got eaten by the gas. I don't use it anymore. According to the label, it is suppose to be similar to the translusen milk bottle material.
    The engine run find, should I worry about it, what should I do?
  2. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023

    No need to worry, What's done is done. Just discontinue use of this bottle as you stated and use a 1 Gal. fuel can.

    Most quality brand 2 cycle oil's have fuel stabilizer in with it, Just mix a half gal at the time if your worried about it going stale but as said the stabilizer will prevent this.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I use a 2.5 gallon to mix it in, but for carrying fuel with me I re-use quart-sized oil bottles for this exact purpose, been doing it for 2 years, never had a problem but I do replace the oil bottle every once in a bit, they're free.

    Worst part is a bit always spills, seems fuel doesn't like pouring out just right.
  4. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,023


    Can you say *Funnel* ? Fuel is Gold anymore !!! :laugh: :waving:

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