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Can you fly with a petrol stove?

Am flying on Saturday and just started packing. I've got a Coleman 442 dual fuel stove. I've emptied out the petrol (gas) and am planning on packing it in my luggage. Will that be a problem? Could it be dangerous in the cargo hold (potentially at least)
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Am flying on Saturday and just started packing. I've got a Coleman 442 dual fuel stove. I've emptied out the petrol (gas) and am planning on packing it in my luggage. Will that be a problem? Could it be dangerous in the cargo hold (potentially at least)
If the stove is empty and free of vapors, it can be packed in carry-on or can be checked. Any gasoline residuals could potentially trigger a secondary check. But, that should be all.

So, let it air out before packing.

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Air it out and wash it (soak in coke overnight?) as good as you can. Whilst I don't think that the residual petrol poses any risk whatsoever (bikes are freighted with 2-3L in the tank ...), airport security usually don't see it that way. If they smell even the lightest stint of petrol, be prepared to part from your stove ...
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Air it out and wash it (soak in coke overnight?) ...
Hmmm, ...that might goo-up the fuel line! Just airing out is fine. Look at the TSA Link posted above...
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If flying from the USA, you better make sure that it does not smell of gasoline at all!
I have had my empty, washed, and dried fuel tank confiscated in the past. In your case, it is an all-in-one so you will loose the entire stove.

Like TSA says, "We recommend that you ship the fuel containers to your destination ahead of time - passengers frequently have to leave them at the checkpoint because of fuel vapors."

If possible, have a friend go with you to the airport who can take it home if you are refused. If it smells like gasoline, it has "vapors".
... or at least that was the case last time I tried.
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Cheers, this is just what I was thinking. I have emptied and aired it. I wasn't going to take it as hand luggage but surely if it's packed in with my luggage they won't even notice (unless sniffer dogs smell out the vapours!!) I'm on two different flights, so i suppose I just have to give it a go and be prepared for the worst.
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I took my Coleman with me did same as you emptied out left for a few days to make sure no vapours then packed in the main luggage NOT hand luggage
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I would suggest the answer to the specific post question is no, unless its really, really big. Otherwise wings are required.

Since you are in a position right now to buy a new stove easily of the type you want I would do that. (Time allowing ) That probably could then go in hand luggage if it was a last minute thing.
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