Question for Fuelman & others. : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

The fuel that was mentioned (white gas, coleman fuel)

Is it possible to purchase in 55 steel drums, how deep would you have to bury it? Can it be burned in a floor model portable heater?

Also, will used oil burn and produce heat?

Thank you for your answers.

sir james

-- sie james (, May 01, 1999


Dad just got a used oil furnace for his business. It works. Expensive though. Probably could cobble something up yourself that'd work somewhat.

-- Steve Hartzler (, May 01, 1999.

Whatever you choose to burn in that heater, do it safely. Be sure to crack a window, and be sure to locate the heater well away from walls and curtains.

I had some good friends nearly die a while back from one of those things.

-- Stephen M. Poole, CET (, May 02, 1999.

I noticed a post about installing a fuel tank in a garage. Some fuels emit fumes that can be ignited by a spark. Enclosed places can "contain" fumes that are vulnerable to ignition. Some tanks should be grounded to reduce any problem of static electricity in transfer of fuel. Some building codes require a minimum of 10 feet from any structure and limit the amount of fuel that can be stored. I am no expert on fuel. I would reference an excellent site with information and links to fuel, the Juice Page, at

I live in a rural area where many people have large metal fuel storage tanks. I have heard from our fire chief that there have been some problems in Oregon with people storing kerosene in inappropriate containers that chemically dissolved in interaction with the fuel. Also, you might consider stenciling or marking the containers with the type or code of the fuel. If I have a fire at my place, I want the volunteer fire dept. to know what is in those tanks so they can either steer clear or use appropriate retardant.

-- marsh (, May 02, 1999.

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