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Storing and rotating fuel reserves
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For those of you who have a reserve fuel supply on hand, how do you store and rotate it? Specifically, I'm thinking of gasoline, as I begin to research a generator. Even with added stabilizer, it's a far different animal than drinking water, and aside from the 'freshness' issue, I'm not keen on the idea of having such a volatile item in the basement of my house (I don't have a garage or any outbuildings).

It's definitely something I feel I need to do, but I really, really, really, want to be safe about it.
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What about keeping a couple of (or more) 5 gallon containers in the back of your house, outside. Add stabilizer and cover with a tarp to protect the cans from the elements and the fuel should be good for 10-12 months. Just rotate it by using it in your vehicle.
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glocke12;34356 Wrote:What about keeping a couple of (or more) 5 gallon containers in the back of your house, outside. Add stabilizer and cover with a tarp to protect the cans from the elements and the fuel should be good for 10-12 months. Just rotate it by using it in your vehicle.

High risk of theft? Even if the containers themselves were chained/cabled, the gas could easily be siphoned. IMO, it's a bad risk even without a 'disaster', given the current state of our economy, and the low chance of proving who did it because the "property" can't readily be identified as unique.
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If that's your situation, and I know I've said this a lot, you should seriously consider an LP generator. You can store LP indefinitely with no problem. It's ok to keep outside in the weather, just keep the base of the bottles off the wet ground, put them up on bricks. You can pick up used LP bottles off of CL relatively cheap and just keep them filled. No need to rotate. There's a lot of other things you can use LP for in regards to being prepared. LP heaters, camp stoves, lamps, you can refill the smaller 1lb bottles from larger bottles.

That's why I converted my generator to LP because it just works, it starts faster than it ever did with gas, and I don't have to worry about my carb getting gummed up because of the shitty E10 gasoline.
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gnbrotz;34378 Wrote:
glocke12;34356 Wrote:What about keeping a couple of (or more) 5 gallon containers in the back of your house, outside. Add stabilizer and cover with a tarp to protect the cans from the elements and the fuel should be good for 10-12 months. Just rotate it by using it in your vehicle.

High risk of theft? Even if the containers themselves were chained/cabled, the gas could easily be siphoned. IMO, it's a bad risk even without a 'disaster', given the current state of our economy, and the low chance of proving who did it because the "property" can't readily be identified as unique.


Good point...Im in a rural area, on a large (relatively speaking) piece of property, so I have enough space to camouflage/conceal things. If you are in a more residential area that could be a problem.

streaker69;34382 Wrote:, you can refill the smaller 1lb bottles from larger bottles.

not to thread hijack, but those are refillable??
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gnbrotz;34339 Wrote:For those of you who have a reserve fuel supply on hand, how do you store and rotate it? Specifically, I'm thinking of gasoline, as I begin to research a generator. Even with added stabilizer, it's a far different animal than drinking water, and aside from the 'freshness' issue, I'm not keen on the idea of having such a volatile item in the basement of my house (I don't have a garage or any outbuildings).

It's definitely something I feel I need to do, but I really, really, really, want to be safe about it.

I have a fairly unique situation and system.

Between my garage, and the adjoining garage i have access to, there are about a dozen vehicles at any given time, and most of them come and go every few days or weeks.

So whatever is in my garage or the adjoining garage when an emergency occurs is always fresh and accessible.

The only car really that really sits for any period of time in the whole building is my Porsche.
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glocke12;34387 Wrote:
streaker69;34382 Wrote:, you can refill the smaller 1lb bottles from larger bottles.

not to thread hijack, but those are refillable??

Sure they are, you just need to buy the Bulk Tank to 1lb tank adapter. Walmart, k-mart and Harbor Freight sell them. There's also a hose that allows you to hook up a camp stove to a 100# or 20# bottle.
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After seeing some product demonstrations at my local power equipment dealer's open house this spring, I started using this in my gas...

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http://www.wellworthproducts.com/index.c...gory_id=46

I believe Sta-Bil to be "outdated technology".
Much like the gun lubes used by our fathers, the fuel stabilizers have evolved since dad started using Sta-Bil in his lawnmower before winter set in.
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#9
I store and rotate around 20 gallons. At the one year point if there is any left I dump it in thruck and go refill.

You could also consider a diesel genny. They aren't cheap, but diesel stores longer and is safe to store.
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God's Country;35573 Wrote:I store and rotate around 20 gallons. At the one year point if there is any left I dump it in thruck and go refill.

You could also consider a diesel genny. They aren't cheap, but diesel stores longer and is safe to store.

I think I'm leaning more towards a tri-fuel generator, and propane as it's primary fuel source.

I'd still like to have some gasoline on hand, if only for the vehicles during a prolonged disaster, but if I don't use gasoline for a generator, that would drastically reduce how much I'd like to keep on hand.

Assuming I used gasoline for a generator, I don't think 55 gallons would be an unreasonable amount of gasoline to have on hand, but I don't want to keep that kind of volume indoors, and right now, I just don't have any other good option.
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