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Old 04-15-2008, 12:13 PM
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I know the best way to store fuel is off of the floor.
I always store it high on a shelf

I'm just wondering what happens to the fuel when it is stored on the floor?
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It will pull up moisture from the floor.
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Uh, not unless you leave the cap open...

Try to keep it in a place with minimal temperature fluctuations. The moisture comes from what's inside the bottle already. The nitro pulls it from the small amount of air inside the container. It won't pull water through the plastic container and inside the jug. So it doesn't matter if it's on the floor, ceiling, or nailed to a wall. As long as the temperature doesn't fluctuate, and the container remains sealed, it will last a pretty long time.
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from John Howell at RC Car Action:

here's the deal regarding proper fuel storage:

1. When at the track or outdoors, make sure that you keep your fuel out of direct sunlight. If it sits in the sun for extended periods, the fuel's methanol can easily evaporate, and the fuel will lose its "oomph."

2. When storing fuel, keep it off a concrete floor. Concrete can "leech" the nitromethane content from the fuel's plastic container as if it were a sponge.

3. When you aren't using your fuel, make sure that the included insert cap is fully inserted under the screw-on cap.

4. Store the fuel in a dry, cool place. Putting it in the fridge is a little overkill, but Trinity does make some pretty nifty Nitro Kooler bags that help the fuel stay cool, and that prevents the nitromethane from evaporating through the bottle.

In addition to these guidelines, just try to use your fuel in a timely manner; it isn't exactly as drastic a change as when milk goes bad, but over time, it will lose its potency.

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Just burn a couple of gallons a month & you don't have to worry about how it's stored.
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Concrete can "leech" the nitromethane content from the fuel's plastic container as if it were a sponge.
Hang on just a second... How the hell can it go THROUGH the plastic?
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It cant.

If you leave it on concrete you can get condensation inside the bottle, and water in your fuel. If you leave it in the sun the fuel can lose some of its punch.

Store it in a cool, dry place off the floor and you will be fine.
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A nice trick I like to use is to squeeze your container until the fuel is almost ready to pour out, then put the cap on nice and tight. This makes it so that the insides of your fuel container is 99% fuel, 1% air. Where a normal way is to unintentionally have it 50/50.

I also usually pour my fuel into a 2L bottle once my normal 4L container gets half empty, then into a 1L bottle from there.

Im not 100% sure if that does anything, but Ive never seen condensation form in my bottles using this trick, but I have seen condensation form just by storing it normally.
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Nice drawing new to rc cars.
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Originally Posted by Integra View Post
Nice drawing new to rc cars.
Thank you.

Were you being sarcastic, or was it actually a helpful drawing?

It (obviously) only took me 20 seconds do to, but Im sure it gets the point across... right?

Does that actually help with the fuel and condensate?
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Whoa...squeezing out air. Can we buy those 'drip reservoirs' (I dunno what they call 'em) like those hospital patients use to store our fuel?
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Originally Posted by razor_clawzz View Post
Whoa...squeezing out air. Can we buy those 'drip reservoirs' (I dunno what they call 'em) like those hospital patients use to store our fuel?
An IV drip bag, why would you wanna do that?
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Originally Posted by new to rc cars View Post
An IV drip bag, why would you wanna do that?
Someone said squeezing out air will keep your fuel fresh, as there's no air to condensate. I can't squeeze a 1gal fuel bottle
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Originally Posted by razor_clawzz View Post
Someone said squeezing out air will keep your fuel fresh, as there's no air to condensate. I can't squeeze a 1gal fuel bottle
Not strong enough or what?

if its near half, fill your gas tank, fill your fuel bottle, then pour the rest into a 2L pop bottle, then squeeze that each time you fill your fuel bottle!
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i buy traxxas fuel it comes in a metal can that gets noisy when theres a temp change when the fues is half gone do i have to worry about storing it on the floor too
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