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    Default ESPAR Fuel Tank Ideas

    I'm looking for a larger fuel tank for my Espar. Something in the 4 gallon range. What are you guys using for this? Does the tank have to have a pickup from the top so the heater draws the fuel or can it be a bottom feed type tank?

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    could you use a 5 gal jerry jug & make a modified cap for the pick up, could run a vent tube out the vent side. seems like it'd be versatile. I see where alot of builders are puting in plastic tanks for these heaters these days....just a thought

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    I have been looking for ideas as well. Found some cheaper fuel cells on flea-bay as well as some larger fuel cans that might work. The problem is that some of the things I have found are not rated for fuel, but will work fine. No sure if anyone would ever check, but it might be a problem if they did.

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    I used a 2-gal plastic fuel jug, just took some thick plastic for the top, drilled a hole and mounted the pickup tube in that. You could easily do the same with a 5 or 6-gal jug. I'd have used a bigger one, but mounted everything in the head. Now for extended trips (bear hunts) I just need to carry some extra diesel. But I got through a 5-day hunt last year, and we had the heater going a ton. Didn't actually run out.

    I'm a fan of the plastic jug solution.

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    Interesting tank. I've never heard of Plastic mart. I've been looking at the Jazz fuel cells on thier website and Amazon. They make a nice 3 and 5 gallon one that is aluminum and a 4 in plastic. Just havent' decided to go that route. I do like the large filler cap though.
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    Default Re: ESPAR Fuel Tank Ideas

    Ever figure out if you can just hook the fuel line up or if you have to use the spout thing ?

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    Not positive, but it looks like the Espar must draw the fuel in with it's fuel pump. If you try to feed it, it will flood and won't be able to regulate the fuel going in, as that's what the pump does.
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    I wonder if the pump is above the tank if it would work? That way it would still be pulling the fuel with the pump, sure would make finding a tank easier.

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    I'm sure that would work just fine. There are a lot of people with Espars. Hope one of them that has dealt with this before chimes in.
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    Default Re: ESPAR Fuel Tank Ideas

    Now if I could just settle on where I am going to install the espar on the boat I could pick out a tank.

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    The pump can be above the tank, they have some specific instructions on the height and angle for the pump install.
    It's a solenoid pump and it meters the fuel by how fast it cycles / pulses.
    I have a 3 gallon Summit Racing fuel cell you can have if your still looking.

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    Heck yeah. I'll send ya a PM.
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    Here are some pictures of my installation,
    I've added a hold down strap after the pics were taken.


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    Im looking at getting the Espar D-2 for my 22' sea runner HT before this spring..// can anyone share the cheapest place to buy one? online, ebay, Ive checked and found several online.. with the cheapest being from Canada.. not sure about warranty or even if they are new or used..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian in AK View Post
    Here are some pictures of my installation,
    I've added a hold down strap after the pics were taken.
    Very nice clean looking setup, where did you come up with the rubber fitting to support the lines...?
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    I used one of these http://coyote-gear.com/index.html Its gravity fed to my fuel pump with no problems. I used the 6" round tank, i think it was 3 gal.

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    Default Re: ESPAR Fuel Tank Ideas

    I did lots of looking and calling and Advance Diesel in Anchorage had the best prices. There are some good deals on eBay, but you have to find some extra parts and they are not cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytguy View Post
    Im looking at getting the Espar D-2 for my 22' sea runner HT before this spring..// can anyone share the cheapest place to buy one? online, ebay, Ive checked and found several online.. with the cheapest being from Canada.. not sure about warranty or even if they are new or used..

    thanks,


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    Gramps, everything but the tank itself was included in the install kit.

    I second Advance Diesel, they helped with several installation questions.

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    Brian, looks like your tank vents thru the filler cap? If not, is there another vent somewhere? Very nice install. I really like the idea of having everything outside. Especially the fuel pump. No clicking inside the cabin.
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