Today’s Prep: Refining Gasoline Storage Plan

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There I was, with a 5 gallon plastic gasoline container hoisted up on my shoulder, spout down into a funnel which was in my truck.  Glug glug glug….pause, glug glug.  PAINFULLY slow transfer of my storage gas to the truck, I made the decision right there that I would no longer use plastic storage containers and migrate to all Eagle Safety cans (metal).  I have one can which I keep in the bed of my truck at all times and with the provided funnel mated to it, I can dump gas into my truck relatively quickly.  I’ve used it to help others on the side of the road and I like the fact that it’s nice a robust and won’t swell in the heat like pastic cans.

The one thing that stopped me from transitioning was price, the Eagle cans are between $50-$60 locally and part of me just didn’t want to dump (no pun intended) $200 on 4 cans for storage.  Off to Amazon I went and behold, the cans are there with free shipping for $33 each.

Here is a description from the manufacturer.

Eagle Mfg UI-50-FS Gasoline Can, Type-I, 5-Gal

“Type I Safety Can, 5 gal. Capacity, Red, Used For Flammables, Material Galvanized Steel, Height 15-1/2 In., Outside Dia. 12-1/2 In., Standards FM, UL, ULC, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.106, NFPA Code 30, Includes Polyethylene Pour Funnel.

Eagle 5 gallon Type I red safety cans (UI50FS) are constructed of 24-gauge hot dipped galvanized steel, are the only deep drawn seamless can made, have a double interlock no-weld bottom seam, a baked on powder coat finish with a trilingual label, have a spring closing lid with neoprene gasket that vents at 5 psi internal pressure, have a non-sparking flame arrestor and pour spout and are 100 percent made in the USA. Eagle Manufacturing Company’s 5 gallon, Type I red safety can (for flammable liquids) meets OSHA and NFPA Code 30 requirements and are UL and ULC listed and FM approved for safe handling and storage of gasoline and other flammable liquids (Accepted Under CARB).”

The Bottom Line

I’ve been rotating gas out for a number of years now, I like to keep it stored on site for generators or other emergency situations.  Yet one thing I always found annoying were the plastic containers, the now impossible “safety” spouts and even when aftermarket spouts were purchased the ridiculously slow pour rate. Not to mention I feel like plastic just is not as safe as metal, call it a hunch.  If you can swing it I suggest moving to metal can storage as well, even if it’s just one single can.  Remember to store the gas in the appropriate place (read these tips on storage) and cycle through it frequently!

 

Preparedness Foods: 10% Off Coupon at Rainy Day Foods

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I’m pleased to annouce that I’ve partnered with RainyDayFoods.com to bring you all a 10% off Coupon to be used on their website.  Storage foods / supplies are an essential part of the preparedness process, be it for short term outages or the localized natural disasters that we see manifesting themselves throughout the country.  I have personally spoken with the owners of Rainy Day Foods and vetted them before presenting them to you all, they have been in this business for decades and have sent semi truck loads of food storage supplies time and time again.  They live what they preach and I do hope to continue to do business with them going forward, a owner/operator company vs one of the larger big box store types I’ve worked with in the past.

COUPON CODE: “BEPREPARED” for 10% Off!

Please use this coupon code while on their website to save 10% off your purchase.  They have all sorts of food and water storage products, grinders / mixers, dryers, emergency medical and other supplies.

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Soup and MRE’s

I was able to secure a few supplies for my own prep stash while working with the folks at Rainy Day Foods.  I needed a new box of MRE’s because some of the supply that I have are currently coming up at the end of their shelf life (5-7 years or so).  Additionally I do like buckets, they store easily and have a nice (longer) shelf life, in this instance I went with a soup mix which will compliment the other supplies I have nicely.

ABC Soup Mix and MRE’s

The Bottom Line

Storage and emergency supplies are just one part of a balanced prep plan, but an essential part nonetheless.  As I type this folks are facing serious flooding in some parts of the country and wildfires and other disasters are waiting just around the corner.  Stay ready and have what you need on hand, don’t be the guy standing in the long line at the grocery store trying to snatch that last case of water or canned food.

 

The Daily Prep: Winter Preparedness Tasks

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I’ve been traveling but am home now, a few tasks to accomplish as the weather has definiely changed from mild to extremely cold.  The only snow that we have gotten has been sporadic but in this area we are one front away from getting dumped on by the feet.  A few key tasks that I have on my agenda today are:

  • Drain all gas cans, refill at pump.
  • Run generators, make sure that I turn them off by cutting the fuel source instead of just hitting the off button.
  • Charge devices in vehicles, the jump start / extra power packs.

I typically try to rotate through my gasoline, at any given time I’ll have 25 to 30 gallons on site in containers but this time I got lazy and all of them need cycled through at once.  The annoying thing about it is actually holding the can up while it slowly dumps into my truck’s tank, although I have started migrated towards safety cans which have a better flow rate.  These cans are much more robust but that comes with an extra cost obviously.

The generators are definitely something that I need to conduct regular maintenance on, they are my short term / power out SHTF solution.   Being that I have a wood burning stove I wouldn’t really need them to heat the house but keeping all of the meat that I have in my freezers cold as well as running the lights (via a transfer switch) is definitely a must have.  In my mind I could probably run the generator for the house around 4 hours during the day in an outage and then shut it down for the evening.  Hopefully we won’t have to test that theory but having options is a good thing.

With respect to the powered devices in the vehicles, we all have variations of a jump start pack in addition to the standard jumper cables.  These devices will drain over time if not used and especially in the cold so I try to dig them out every few months and plug them in until back to green status.  Quite honestly I’ve never seen anything jump a vehicle as well as another vehicle and standard cables but once again it’s nice to have options just in case.

With that the sun is just beginning to expose itself over the mountains, time to get started on the chores and finish another cup of coffee.  Better to do the extra work now and not have need for the efforts in the future than to unexpectidley get in a tight spot without recourse.