200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

shapkaw
I would like some expert opinions on this:
I got hold of a 3 burner stove model 433A and the fuel tank had a fair amount of flaky red clay-like pieces. I flushed most of it out. I am now wondering if the inside will rust more? should I get a new tank? or just use and flush more frequently? Appreciate your feedback and advice.
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brucesheehe

Coleman put an antirust coatinging in their fuel tanks for a time.  It flaked off, and they discontinued it.  Just flush out the pieces with some fuel and carb. cleaner, and it should be OK.  Those stove fuel tanks are almost impossible to totally clean out of old gas.  You have to siphon them out, or pump them out with a cork and plastic tube to get them empty for storage.

Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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SteveRetherford

i use a compressor and stick the air hose deep inside the tank and blow till dry inside .

[DrSteve2]    Steve , Keeper of the Light !!!
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Nevada_Ed
Ok, here is how to get rid of the coating. you have to use a paint stripper, they come in gel form, liquid and aerosol form. If you can find a liquid form use it, put in enough to coat everything, shake it up periodically to keep it coated well. You will have to add BBs or small machine screws to help knock it loose but the stripper will soften it and much of it will come right off in sheets. If you can only find the gel form of paint stripper, like Jasco Professional, add just a little denatured alcohol to the mix, it does not take much but it will thin it and it will still stick to the walls of fount. Using this method you can remove all of the coating. Afterward flush with hot soapy water and clean water, blow out with compressed air, bake in the oven until dry. I have used the above technique successfully a number of times now.

Now a little more about the coating... Coleman started using coatings to prevent rust sometime back, that reddish brown coating is not resistant to the alcohol in regular unleaded gasoline. They later changed to a different coating that better resisted the additives in automotive gasoline.

Ed

Ed

There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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firebell71

I found out (primarily by accident) that hot Marine-Clean cut with water will dissolve the coating quite well. After it dissolves the coating you can pour the reddish mixture into a holding jug and the coating will settle to the bottom in about 24 hrs allowing you to recycle the Marine-Clean. This happened with a 220K I was cleaning up. I had thought mistakenly that the coating was fuel varnish. As always be careful with warm/hot marine clean and fount paint...it will damage the paint if it finds its way on it.- John

John B. aka "Kato"
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Nevada_Ed
John I know that is true as I have seen it myself, and I found out by accident too! That Marine Clean is pretty awesome stuff, potassium hydroxide is the surfactant in it, high ph and a whopper cleaner.

Ed

Ed

There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.

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