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Potentially UNSAFE Product - Beware!
on June 27, 2013
I purchased this tank back in March of 2012. It dumped about five gallons of fuel between the gate valve and the tank shell in about one week of time. Little did we know since we were on vacation. I used it to store 29 gallons of emergency fuel for a generator in a cool spot on a wooden deck in my garage. We returned only to find a both wet and dry residues of fuel under one of our vehicles which covered half of a two car garage.
After reporting it to the manufacturer and alerting Amazon, they sent me a new tank shell to replace the defective leaking valve joint. I had to change the hose and wheels over, but no issue since it was a tested and verified new tank. I was a bit nervous about re-filling the tank, so I waited several months. I March of this year I started slowly re-filling this tank with the maximum 29 gallons. It sat without any leaks for a few months. Last week I started smelling the gas odor in my garage as the temperature increased outside over a one week period - near 90 deg. F.
Last night the odor was very bad, so I checked the tank again - sure enough it's leaking in the exact same place between the gate valve and tank shell. In fact, I was able to peel the Teflon sealant from the thread. It appeared to decompose when subjected to heat and fuel (maybe 110 deg. F) in my garage over time. This combined with internal pressure disrupts the seal and the leaking begins.
Also note that the manufacturer told me to NOT-VENT the tank in my garage, and that it should be kept sealed. I still have the original email from them. I've sent an email to them again and made Amazon well aware of the situation. This tank is faulty, it appears that it was not tested to extreme temperature and heat over extended periods of time. This is a serious safety issue and an accident waiting to happen with customers who purchase the tank for long term fuel storage -IT SHOULD NOT BE SOLD FOR THIS PURPOSE AND THE BUYER NEEDS TO BE MADE AWARE OF THIS POTENTIAL HAZZARD.
I will no longer purchase these type of tanks for fuel storage - maybe a steel upright tank would work better. Anyway, I hope Amazon closely investigates this issue and that the manufacturer is made aware and works on a corrective action. It was an expensive $400+ investment and thrill ride.