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Best way to get fuel out of your tank (for the stove)?

Hi guys

I have a stove and plan to use it with the fuel of my bike. What's the best way to get the fuel out of the bike's tank?
I have two ways in my mind, which is better? Do you use other techniques?
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  • get a simple small fuel tube and sucking with my mouth until it flows (yikes!)?
  • buy a big injection and a fuel tube? (again more stuff to carry..)
I'm very curious how you folks do it.

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I plumbed in a simple tap (purchased from a hydraulic hose supplier, £2)

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If the bike is not fuel injected you can cut the fuel line and fit a "T" with a plastic motor mower fuel tap. Has worked faultlessly for ages for me.

I use a Coleman dual fuel stove

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When I need fuel, I just close the tap, unplug the fuel line next to the fuel tap, fill up my bottle, replace the line and open the tap. Easy, quick, clean.

Oh, you mean you have one of those fancy Europeans 3-letters bikes? sorry, I ride an '84 Ténéré.. ;-)

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Oh, you mean you have one of those fancy Europeans 3-letters bikes? sorry, I ride an '84 Ténéré.. ;-)
I'm afraid....

.... yes.

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I'm afraid....

.... yes.

As you have on of those bikes, take a look at the BMUU Add On Site and they do a thingy that goes into the fuel line.

Overpriced but,,,,


I use a length of hose from an old Scottoiler that is long enough to be able to suck the fuel through without getting a mouthfull!. Good for getting fuel from cars if you were to runn out , oh and handy when you mistake 'Gasoily' for Petrol........
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on my XXX 1150GS, all I did was lift the tank a bit, disconnect the quick release valve on the fuel line which released fuel when the end was pressed against the lip of the bottle. Easy.
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on my XXX 1150GS, all I did was lift the tank a bit, disconnect the quick release valve on the fuel line which released fuel when the end was pressed against the lip of the bottle. Easy.
I'm afraid this won't work that easy with the R1200GS ADV...

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As you have on of those bikes, take a look at the BMUU Add On Site and they do a thingy that goes into the fuel line.

Overpriced but,,,,
Sounds interesting. But the link only points to Touratech, do you have a clue how this thing is called?


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I use a length of hose from an old Scottoiler that is long enough to be able to suck the fuel through without getting a mouthfull!. Good for getting fuel from cars if you were to runn out , oh and handy when you mistake 'Gasoily' for Petrol........
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Aha, I see the problem - you bought the wrong bike!!


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I'm afraid this won't work that easy with the R1200GS ADV...
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Aha, I see the problem - you bought the wrong bike!!


Grant March had the idea here http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...our-tank-20646

so I just ordered at eBay a cheap bulb siphon emergency pump.


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When I need fuel, I just close the tap, unplug the fuel line next to the fuel tap, fill up my bottle, replace the line and open the tap. Easy, quick, clean.

Oh, you mean you have one of those fancy Europeans 3-letters bikes? sorry, I ride an '84 Ténéré.. ;-)

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there must be a length of fuel line coming out of the tank you can put a T in? then an extension down to a tap
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Just had an idea, you could make a siphon-bottle, it'd be simple to make, and save accidentally getting a mouthful of petrol.

The basic idea is to have a half way along your siphon tube. You suck the petrol out of your tank as usual, to start the siphoning and the petrol will flow into the bottle.

If you've got a separate fuel bottle for your stove, you could buy an extra stopper drill two small holes, poke the tubes through and glue with epoxy, or use a couple of nipples, or tubular threaded rod.

If you've got a fixed bottle, then either a tapered rubber bung, or cork, or just the top from a plastic bottle, particularly if you're buying bottled water to drink. Then you can just use any bottle you come across.
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Sounds interesting. But the link only points to Touratech, do you have a clue how this thing is called?
A quick look and search through the Touratech site throws these up :

Touratech UK Webshop

But this is the thing I was thinking about :

Touratech UK Webshop

I think you'd be better with a lenght of hose, it works for more than one application and isn't going to cost you £20+++ If it is long enough you can see the fuel coming along and nip the tube before it gets to your mouth, put the end of the tube in your fuel bottle, then make sure the end of the fuel (in the tube) is below the tank before un-nipping it - Hey Presto! the fuel flows into yuor bottle...... Simples.
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I've been using my low tec set up for years.

A length of clear tube, about 2 feet, and a small syringe. I use this to syphon a litre at a time into a trangia fuel bottle. With the syringe connected to one end of the tube I pull the plunger out completely and this causes enough suction to start the syphoning of the fuel. Once you've finished make sure you wash and dry the syringe as the petrol will eat the plastic if you don't. I then put a bit of oil on the rubber seal before I store it and it's ready for the next time. It packs down to nothing and is easily stored on the bike and can be used to transfer fuel from bike to bike in an emergency ( with a suitable container).

The beauty of this system is all the parts are easily found in a DIY store or a pharmacy on route if you need to replace it.
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I have used 2 pipes and a rag to syphon fuel with no spillage or taste.
You will need 2 pipes one fairly short with a bigger bore and one longer smaller bore, place longer pipe into tank below fuel level, place larger pipe just inside tank filler neck and seal the 2 in the filler by holding the rag over gaps that are left, blow in the short hose to put pressure in and fuel should flow from the longer smaller bore pipe into waiting receptical.
I have used this many times whilst at sea on long trips to refuel from jerry cans and it really does work well.
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