Fuel Storage

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by TnAndy, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    I read from time to time folks saying you can't store gasoline over 6 months, others a year.....just no way longer.


    I regularly store it 3-4 years, and I dug out a drum this afternoon from Aug 2013 (when gas was $3.35/gal here). I normally try to rotate fuel a bit more than that, but I slipped around and let that one get by me. Pretty sure that's the longest I've personally stored gasoline and can vouch for.

    I'm getting a delivery in my 500gal tank that I use for stuff around the place, plus fill the car/truck from time to time if it's handier or cheaper than current town prices. Last fill of the big tank was June 2017....and it's an open vented tank.....so it goes 2 years just fine in that type of tank....with preservative.

    I DO use, and highly recommend, PRI-G for storage. (4 ounces/55gal when it goes into storage, another 4 per 55gal when I pump it into the 500gal overhead tank) When I cracked that nearly 6 year old drum open, it smelled just like fresh gas....no 'varnishy' smell at all. I put three drums in the big tank, and will have the Co-op fill the rest of it (335gal) with fresh gas (non-ethanol) just to play it safe, but I have used long stored gas directly in vehicles with no problem in the past.

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    I normally store 6 drums of gasoline, and 9 drums of diesel fuel in addition to whatever is in the gravity feed 500gal gasoline tank and 300 gallon diesel tank.

  2. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor Site Supporter+

    Your place and projects always look 110% professional. You make most of us look like complete hacks. Congratulations sir!
  3. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Thanks.....of course bear in mind you're only viewing the 2nd or 3rd time I done something after the first screwup or two.....ahahhaaaaa I keep hoping the day will come I get it right the first dad gum time.
  4. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    I think you can push it a bit longer in sealed drums.

    Look up my long term fuel storage posts. I'm way beyond 3 years. I still have a couple of the lost cans in the barn, and they must be nearing 7 years old. BG CF5 at 4 ounces to 5 gallons and Stabil at 2x recommended dose seem to work beyond five years. BG claims their CF5 will maintain gasoline "indefinitely."

    Here's 37 months. Long term gasoline storage experiment - 37 months

    The really old stuff was in a thread called "You can't do that!" Maybe somebody can track it down.

    Nice storage rig. :)
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  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I have used gas stored over two years with no problem. I do add a dose of Stabil Marine every six months or so. Combination of steel and plastic jerrycans.
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  6. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    @TnAndy You think that 'PRI-G' is better than STA-BIL? I ask because I have heard others say so...
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  7. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Well, I tried Stabil (it was the red version, don't think they had a blue then), and after a year, a drum smelled like varnish. So, yes, I think PRI does a lot better job. That's my experience with them.
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  8. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    I could never find Pri-G locally, else I would have tried it.
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  9. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If they would get the Ethanol out of Gasoline, and go back to Low Lead, like in high Octane Primium Gasoline, it could be stored in Sealed Drums for at least a year and maybe more...
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  11. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Our fuel has jumped up 30 cents in a week or so . I stocked all ready .
    I hear it might double over summer . then the crash happens , low fuel price is to keep the crap a foat .
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2019
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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Someplace in the past we had some discussions about sealing volatile fuels in drums. Something about over-pressurizing the container and spilling the fuel with obvious (potential) consequences.
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  13. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter+++

    May find out how the stabil works.. Have some gas cans sitting over the winter with stabil in them.. Couldn't find Pri G locally before I put them up for the winter..
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  14. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Also find it here in quart size bottles that treats 512gal per bottle if you don't need a gallon size jug.


    Gasoline Treatment
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  15. Tempstar

    Tempstar Old and crochety Site Supporter+

    Sta-Bil, for me anyway, has been a 1 year solution. Longer than that the gas starts smelling bad. I have some 2 cycle mix from 2014 that I just smelled after reading this thread and it smells fine, but had PRI-G, I quit using Sta-Bil after discovering PRI-G and D. BTW, my portable diesel 15k genny has PRI-D and diesel from around 2015 or so, last time I topped it off, and it cranked fine two weeks ago for it's monthly exercise.
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  16. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Yeah, that's what I found with Stabil as well....about a year, even in sealed 55gal drum. That's why I was leery of PRI claims at first, but after couple decades of using it, I'm convinced it's really good stuff.
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  17. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Here it is..... You can't do that!"
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  18. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    @Motomom34 , thank you for digging that up. My low tech burning brick gasoline test starts on post 63. The gas, in a plastic 5 gallon can, that had been treated with 5.5 ounces of BG CF5 was six years old and ran just fine in my car.

    I have at least one more can of the same vintage, so when it hits seven years old I'll test it.
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  19. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

  20. Altoidfishfins

    Altoidfishfins Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

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