Question:How to clean a plastic drum : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Hi, I picked up a used 55 gallon plastic drom to use for kero storage. It had been filled with soy sauce. Now I cleaned it with water until it ran clear and then rinsed it out a couple times with kero. It's been sitting empty a couple weeks now and I opened it up yesterday and it still smelled like soy sauce! Do you suppose that is a problem, will it mess up my heater? Anyone had experience cleaning these things. Thanks in advance for your help!

-- Igotsoysauce (, November 17, 1999


Won't mess up ur heater.....but ur house will smell like soy sauce.

Seriously, I bought a couple more drums yesterday, new, $20, from my oil supplier. Why take a chance?

-- don't (like@soy.smell), November 17, 1999.

The problem isn't the smell of the tiny amount of residual soy sauce remaining in the plastic, it's the plastic itself. All plastic drums are not alike and many will degrade when filled with petroleum products such as kerosene or gasoline. Were it me, I wouldn't trust my fuel supply to anything but a container that was certified as being suitable for petroleum products. Your local petroleum products distributors will have drums and you should be able to get one pretty cheap.


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-- A.T. Hagan (, November 17, 1999.

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