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    Storage while I'm away - safest option?

    I'm off for 4 weeks holiday next week, and I'm wondering what is the safest "form" to leave my WVO/chemicals in while I'm away, to minimise risk of fire etc.

    I have about 100L of WVO in 20L steel drums, a methanol drum about 2/3 full and about 15kg KOH. So here are the options:
    1. Leave WVO unprocessed in 20L drums in garage
    2. Pump into appleseed processor and leave there (with vent open)
    3. Process into biodiesel then store in a 205L drum with the lid sealed on
    4. Process into biodiesel then store in 25L cubies
    The methanol will have to stay in its drum which is sealed, and the KOH is in sealed plastic buckets.

    What's the safest and least combustible form to leave it in?

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    Re: Storage while I'm away - safest option?

    Panhgit,
    As long as everything is under cover and well ventilated, I think the Methonal is the biggest fire risk, unless you are bush fire prone in which case you should store it below ground.

    You don't want the KOH to get wet and you also don't want any stray child getting near any of it.

    ..but you know this...
    George

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    Re: Storage while I'm away - safest option?

    Quote Originally Posted by pangit View Post
    I'm off for 4 weeks holiday next week, and I'm wondering what is the safest "form" to leave my WVO/chemicals in while I'm away, to minimise risk of fire etc.

    I have about 100L of WVO in 20L steel drums, a methanol drum about 2/3 full and about 15kg KOH. So here are the options:
    1. Leave WVO unprocessed in 20L drums in garage
    2. Pump into appleseed processor and leave there (with vent open)
    3. Process into biodiesel then store in a 205L drum with the lid sealed on
    4. Process into biodiesel then store in 25L cubies
    The methanol will have to stay in its drum which is sealed, and the KOH is in sealed plastic buckets.

    What's the safest and least combustible form to leave it in?
    Hi There
    Best option is 1 for your WVO The rest seem to be OK Enjoy the Holiday
    Cheers
    Chris
    Never give up :)

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