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battman1
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15 10 5:11 am    Post subject: Fuel tank question Reply with quote

You all probably don't remember but last year I was building a triple barrel.We moved to a smaller place so I decided to let someone else have that one.Now we are settled and I got the itch to start another build.The farm I turkey hunt has a ditch with some old scrap in it with a couple old tanks.I'm sure they had gas or diesel in them when they were used.My question is, is after so many years can they be used or should I stay away.If they can I'll be talking with the landowner this weekend.Thanks
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Wreckless
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15 10 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have no way to inspect the inside, you can bang on it all around with a rubber mallet and if you damage it with the mallet, it wasn't up to snuff anyway. Don't expect much over 1/8" thk if it is a fuel tank tho.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15 10 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. Is it safe to cook in if it had diesel in it?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15 10 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should be. My first build was a fuel tank and I just did a decent size sub-nuclear burn in it and I believe it was fine. I never cooked with it, only one other burn in when finished but no complaints from its new owner. Again, it will probably be thin (1/8") but it seemed to hold heat pretty well. Maybe not comp consistency but Quincineria's, benefits, block party drunk fest's, and the like should be right up its alley. Great learning build for me. If you can control warp and other ideosyncracies on that thickness of steel, you will be good to go on anything else.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15 10 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again.The first one i did was made out of 55 gallon drums so I kind of got used to the thin thing.Thats a nice one you built by the way.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20 10 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went turkey hunting this morning and walked by where the tank was and they have cleaned up a bit and it was gone.Oh well.By the way, got me some nice turkey breast for the smoker.
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