Gasoline is always an issue. There were stories out of Texas, after the hurricane, where people were filling up covered trash cans with gasoline. This was how their mind was working when the panic set in. Its a reality that any place in the world can face. You might think that having plenty of fuel …
Reader question: “What is the best way to store fuel, gasoline or kerosene? I was thinking of burring a 55 gallon drum with the top at ground level, with a hand pump for access. Do you paint the drum with tar? What do you suggest on both issues?” (This article was originally posted during 2012, but I’ve updated it for your reading pleasure and further comment) Gasoline is difficult to store for a long time. It will go stale. Gasoline has a high vapor pressure (which means it evaporates quickly) and will also begin to go stale in a number
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Safe Storage of Fuel Do you store Fuel? Gasoline, Diesel, Propane, Kerosene, Camp-Fuel, Alcohol, Fuel-Oils, Acetylene? Are you storing them “Safely and Properly”? Have a look at this perfectly timed photo of an exploding gas can. Probably staged, but still quite impressive to say the least: Guest Article by NRP Flammable liquids can be one of the most dangerous items anyone can store. Safe storage of gas and other fuels should be a top priority. If stored incorrectly it can lead to explosive disastrous results and even death. Here is an excerpt from the National Fire Protection Association: “In
During a disaster, fuel is an invaluable resource. The problem is that everyone else needs it as badly as you do, and supplies are limited. That’s why any time a natural disaster strikes, the lines at gas stations seem to stretch on forever. Even if you do have the time and patience to sit in […]
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!
Fuels To Store For Survival | episode 161
This week I talk about fuels to store for survival. With the terrible hurricane and floods in Texas gas has gone up in price and shortages are occurring.
The reasons to store fuel are many. Two of my favorite are saving time and money.
Before Hurricane Harvey gas here was $1.90. A very affordable price after the heights we saw a few years back.
A week later and prices are close to $3. If you had stored gas before the disaster you would have saved a good bit of money.
That’s only one type of fuel I talk about in today’s episode.
- Others/ butane/lamp oil/ Camp stove fuel
- 97% Of Us Road Vehicles are gas powered
- In many disasters, fuel becomes more expensive and hard to get
- Fuel storage saves time and money.
- Getting good containers
- Store fuel away from your house
- Fuel Stabilizers PRI For long term. Stabil is cheaper for short term
- Rotate gas
- Doesn’t degrade.
- Can be stored in massive amounts.
- Is relatively cheap.
- Propane tanks are often left when people move.
- Kerosene is versatile.
- Kerosene is very dense in energy and holds almost 50% more energy than propane.
- Heaters put out a lot of heat.
- fuel can be pricey.
- Firewood has been used for thousands of years.
- Hardwoods burn better than softwoods.
- The best burns come from seasoned wood. 6mos to a year.
- Not all burning methods produce the same heat.
- Is cheap.
- Has a ton of energy.
- Makes the best taste.
- Lamp oil
- Camp stove fuel
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When it finally happens and the proverbial “stuff hits the fan,” it’s probably going to be bad. Say “goodbye” to fully stocked shelves at the grocery store, readily available medical care, and just about every other modern comfort you can think of. Everything as we know it today will change in the blink of an eye.
I’m not saying that overnight our society will be transformed into a post-apocalyptic scenario like in Mad Max where we all become War Boys scouring the wastelands looking for fuel and supplies while screaming, “For Valhalla!” I’m just saying it’s not going to be pretty, and preparation will be key when everything comes crashing down.
As in most apocalyptic movies there are usually three crucial things that every person needs to survive in a catastrophe: food, medical supplies, and fuel. I’m assuming most people are already aware of the need to stockpile food and medical supplies, but fuel is often overlooked. Many people are unaware of the need to store fuel. Not just for the family van, but for heat, cooking, electricity, and of course transportation. When I say fuel storage, I am not just talking about gasoline. We also have to consider kerosene for heating, propane and butane for cooking, and diesel and gasoline for generators and transportation.
Kerosene should be stored in a container that is approved for this specific fuel. I’m sure you’ve seen the different colored gas cans in the hardware stores. There is a reason for the different colors; it isn’t just to make them look pretty. Blue is the color container that is earmarked just for Kerosene. Therefore, if you need a storage container for this fuel, you will need to purchase a blue-colored container.
As with most fuels Kerosene will start to degrade after about three months of normal storage. This degradation can be postponed though by following a few guidelines. First, when filling the container leave a little air in the top for fuel expansion from changes in temperature.
Always avoid using open containers. An open container can lead to water contamination and oxidation resulting in bad or poor performing fuel. You always want to store Kerosene in a cool and dry location. The use of fuel additives can also greatly extend the life of Kerosene. A fuel stabilizer such as PRI-D will extend the life of this fuel from several months to even years if the fuel is re-treated with a fuel stabilizer periodically.
Storing Propane and Butane
How do you store Propane and Butane? Aren’t pressurized containers dangerous? They can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to store them. Propane should always be stored in a dry and well ventilated area, preferably in a storage shed located away from residential areas. Never store propane containers in an area where there may be a source of ignition such as garages or a well/pump house.
You also want to be sure that propane and butane storage containers are not kept in any areas that may cause the container to rust. Butane specifically requires a cool and dry storage location, but it must also be stored indoors at all times and never placed in direct sunlight for any length of time. Be sure to watch for possible ignition sources with Butane such as electrical outlets, stoves, and other heat sources. Improper storage of these pressurized containers may result in an explosion, a runaway canister, or a dangerous gas leak.
Storing Gasoline and Diesel
Probably the most commonly used fuels we need are gasoline and diesel. It can be difficult to determine how much of these fuels you should store. Usage factor is determined on an individual basis. A single person may not need as much gasoline as someone with a family of six. I can get buy on a relatively small generator to power what I need, but someone with a large family may need a lot of gasoline or diesel to power a larger generator to meet their needs.
Storage of gasoline and diesel is very similar to that of kerosene. They must be stored in a location that is dry and cool to maximize the storage life. Remember, it is vitally important to keep condensation away from any fuel you are storing. Water and air don’t play well with stored fuels. Also, don’t forget to store gas and diesel in their appropriately colored containers. Red is for gasoline and yellow is for Diesel.
Gasoline can normally be stored for up to three months before it begins to break down and lose its effectiveness. Diesel can typically be stored for up to six months. As with kerosene, gasoline and diesel can benefit from the addition of a fuel stabilizer. Fuel stabilizers such as STA-BIL Storage and STA-BIL Diesel can keep fuel fresh and ready for use for an extended period of time.
Unfortunately, we can’t keep gas and diesel fresh indefinitely. The best way to keep a fresh supply of fuel is to use what we have stored when it is close to going bad and then replenish our stock. With proper rotation of stored fuel and proper storage techniques we can easily be prepared for just about any situation.
By Alex Vanover
Alex Vanover is an auto industry professional and avidly writes about the advancements and new technologies in today’s automotive industry. He is also the purveyor of Motorcycle Trading Post. In his spare time he enjoys reading, first person shooter video games, and riding his Harley Davidson.
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