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Slightly OT....shelf life of "boxed" oil containers #5445986 06/04/20 10:00 AM
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Anybody have insight on the shelf life of these box containers? Do they have some type of plastic liner?

I know plastic bottles, jugs, and pails are very robust, I had quarts of the magic green Castrol 0W30 that I had hoarded for a decade and a partial pail of hydraulic fluid that came with my lift now of similar age.

Re: Slightly OT....shelf life of "boxed" oil containers [Re: nascarnation] #5446019 06/04/20 10:28 AM
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I presently have two partially-used 6-gallon "eco-boxes" of Pennzoil Platinum sitting on a shelf in my storage unit, and they've been there for at least three years. I got them from an E-bay seller at a great price, so I'm guessing that they weren't new to him, either. The boxes are beginning to bulge a bit more than they did originally, but the plastic bladders inside them continue to hold oil, and the dispensing valves still worked the last time I refilled an empty 5qt. jug. I'll report back if/when they fail.

Re: Slightly OT....shelf life of "boxed" oil containers [Re: nascarnation] #5446032 06/04/20 10:34 AM
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One thing that makes plastics brittle is direct exposure to the sunlight / UV. Since the plastic liner is shielded inside of a box, it should be ok for several years. If the box is stored in the shade, or inside a cabinet, it should easily last more than a decade.
I may be forgetting something so please point out where I'm wrong.


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Re: Slightly OT....shelf life of "boxed" oil containers [Re: nascarnation] #5446151 06/04/20 01:57 PM
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The plastic bladder will last as long as bottles did, the boxes themselves though, not as good.
I had a 6 gallon eco-box as well once and the box came pre-damaged. Had to tape it together.
When I had about 10 qts left in it, I just filled some clean empty 5 qt oil jugs I had since the box was falling apart and taking up a lot of space.
The bladder was still perfectly intact.

I think the smaller 6 qt and 12 qt boxes being sold now probably would last a long time if you can keep them from high humidity and don't move them around.


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