Preparedness is always about improving your foxhole, going from where you are to the next level bit by bit based on prioritization and available resources. I currently have multiple 5 gallon containers on site which I cycle fuel storage through, but with three vehicles with a total tank capacity over 70 gallons plus two generators I need more improve my position. We all store food, water, medical supplies and more but tend to neglect fuel which is a life source for many in times of need. Granted unless one has a thousands of gallons on site it’s not a long term solution but for immediate needs when faced with natural disasters having a fuel source beyond that of the standard 5 gallon can be an enabler. Here are a few factors that I considered when building my fuel storage plan.
- Affordable (Less than $1k total).
- Mobile, not buried in the ground.
- Relatively easy to build, instead of buying a more expensive all inclusive option.
- Minimum of 50 gallon storage capacity which does not require cycling through every few months.
My plan involves taking my existing 5×8 trailer which I bought from Lowes a number of years ago and adding a tank and pump to it. This 91 gallon tank will weigh around 675 lbs full and that’s easily accomodated with the 1600lb trailer capacity, it will be a unit I can keep on the property or take with me if I need to go mobile.
The Fuel Tank
I plan on mounting this fuel storage container to my trailer, but only after laying wood down on the trailer to create a more sturdy surface. This container will be able to provide a reasonable amount of fuel storage on site and will also be portable in case we have to bug out with multiple or even one vehicle. In instances were gas stations are out of fuel or lines are long this would be a a huge advantage, along with having more storage on the trailer for other items.
Self reliance is a massive advantage when it comes to preparedness, whether it be generating one’s own food or having a fuel source on hand. While not the best solution possible this project will provide my family with some piece of mind knowing that we do not have to rely on local sources (in the short term) in times of need, and should the power go out for a few weeks at a time we will be able to run our generators with no problem. Anyone else have a fuel storage plan or project? Let me know!