I stenciled "kerosene" on a plastic gas can and have been using it for 20
I don't recommend it because it is too easy to make a mistake. I did it in
an emergency, and now am too cheap to do otherwise.
Are you my long lost brother? I've been searching for you for 20
Maybe I'll take a marker with me, and write kerosene if the guy
insists. Later I can change it to skerosene, so as not to confuse
Again, Red Green comes to the rescue...
Remember those things when you (me anyway) were a kid where you wrote on
the film over the silver/grey backing? You pulled the film up and it
erased the writing for a clean slate. Can't remember what it was called.
Just duct tape one of those to the can and change at will at the station.
I had that and I liked it. I don't remember the name.
Great idea. I should have though of that. When in college I had keys
that were stamped on them Do Not Duplicate, I would put some paper
tape around the head of the key and write "Back Door" on the paper.
Some old memory bubbles have popped out saying Magic Slate" maybe. I think
I used a Magic Marker on it eventually. Figured they were both magic and I
wanted to see magically how this marker that won't come off anything came
off my Magic Slate. "Waaaaaahhhhh! Mommy, my Magic Slate is broke.
So mom tries to fix it by using fingernail polish remover and the film
melts big time.
Guess mom didn't "Know your solvents vs plastics:" and check the the MDS
sheet first, ehhh Richard :-)
We didn't have Magic Markers when I was that age. I don't think
Definitely, mom didn't know that chart.
So I decided I should fill the other container too, but I only
labelled one. The guy didn't care at all and he filled both of them.
I ended up at a tool rental place. They sell the kerosene for
heaters, and it was 2.89 a gallon from a big tank. And they'll sell
as little as the customer wants.
Not 7 dollars a gallon in a pretty plastic bottle.
But it turns our there aren't many places around that sell it. Later
I thought I shoudl have gone to my favorite hardware store, and I was
there today and they don't sell it. The closest place he could think
of was 15 or 20 miles from here, almost in Pennsylvania. So I wasn't
a fool for not knowing where to go.
Years ago, I bought a quart can, just to spur the wood fire in the
fireplace (using an iron pan with a porous brick in it.) No one seems
to sell the quart can anymore, but I also refilled that, again.
On Sunday, August 13, 2006 9:24:00 PM UTC-7, Toller wrote:
Yep, easy to mistake:
I heat with wood, cut my own. Went out to burn my brush piles one day, sto
pped filled up two cans, gas (for lawn mower) and diesel (to start fires) b
oth in red cans but one with big yellow spout.
Fire piles were a bit stubborn starting so I was going back and forth addin
g diesel. Toss a bit WHOOSH!. About the third time I looked down and I w
as using the gas can and it had a flame flickering at the spout. Slapped m
y glove on it, retired to the truck for a cup of coffee while my nerves rec
Diesel is now in a yellow can (as it should have been then).
If you have no room for a kero can you just plain have too much shit.
Don't swap them <Period>
There are a bizillion different plastics/properties. Different liquids
will eat or not eat away at plastics at a very fast or very slow rate.
I'm sure you want gallons of fuel leaking out of a can that "I dunno wha
happen. I've been using that can for months. Must be a can defect.".
But why are gas cans red and kero cans blue? Think fireman. So when they
go to put out a fire they will know what's in the can from far away
without having to go up and sniff your can (no pun intended) or pull out
binoculars to read makeshift labels. Then they know what to put on it so
they put it out and not spread the flammable.
Sell $10 worth of that useless shit you have on ebay and buy a can.
Solves the space problem.
I'm confident it would. Just a general statement not to develop a bad
habit that could be nasty.
I've seen xylene melt "plastic" on contact before my eyes. I've seen it
clean other "plastics" like ammonia on glass. Obviously they were two
very different plastics. Long ago but I think one may have been Lexan?
The main point was the firefighter issue.
Gas and Kero are basically the same. The only difference in the cans
is the color.
Firemen don't care what is in the can. If it is red or blue they will
be treating it as highly flammable.
I have three different gas cans. Regular, premium, chainsaw - all are
identified with magic marker. I also have my decoy 5 gal. I pity the
thief who grabs the first "gas" can he sees. He will get about 4
gallons of diesel, used paint thinner, gas that was used for cleaning
parts and some other stuff I forgot. That is my brush pile fire
On Mon, 14 Aug 2006 15:07:18 -0000, email@example.com (Chris
Isn't that why in cowboy** movies, a guy on horseback can go into a
cabin where no one has been for months, and light the kerosene
Did they have gasoline in the second half of the 19th century\\? If
they did, I think it would be wicked up by the lantern wick and
evaporate. Wouldn't be nearly as practical as kerosene for that
reason, and I don't think one could safely burn it in a lantern.
**BTW, did you ever notice that there are no movies afaicr with both
cowboys and Indians in the same movie. Maybe "cowboy and Indian
movies" refers to two kinds.
In the 19th century petroleum was distilled for kerosene lamp oil. They
threw out the gasoline (!) from the process, as there was no use for it
prior to the invention of the internal combustion engine.
Except that gasoline was used for the pump up lanterns. They had
mantles instead of wicks and you had to buy white gas as lead would
contaminate the mantle. Put out a harsh, bright light.
Using it in an 'oil' lamp would be very dangerous.
Gas was also used in the old blow torches.
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