Gasoline Storage

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by philotbeddoe, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. philotbeddoe

    philotbeddoe Monkey+++

    Are the blue heavy plastic 30 gallon water barrels acceptable for storing gasoline? I can't find anything that says not to... but need to find someone who knows for sure. It appears that they are made out of the same material as 5 gallon gasoline canisters...only thicker. Anyone know?
  2. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I would NOT use the blue containers to store gasoline. Blue containers are colored that way to indicate that the liquid inside is gasoline, Yellow containers are for diesel and Red for gas.

    Say for example you store gas in your blue containers. You use up one and it gets "stolen" or lost. Someone else, recognizes that it's blue it's for water and stores water in it. That water is now contaminated.

    Just my opinion, but they make the different colors for a reason.

  3. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Anyone that can't smell a container that has held fuel and puts drinking water in it deserves to be yet another proof of the Darwin theory, IMHO.

    Fuel containers ARE color is generally for kerosense.....but in barrels, I'd think the color is simply any color the plastic pellets came in....I've got black, blue, gray and white ones.
  4. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    I can't comment on the storage as I haven't gotten that far yet. However I will comment that if they are 'stolen' then whoever steals them deserves to drink contaminated water. Anyone who buys said 'stolen' barells should be able to smell the fuel in them. Just my [2c].
  5. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Actually, I know of several people that have NO sense of smell what so ever. Now, what are they to do, become "Darwin Award" candidates? Yes, most people should be able to tell that the "blue" container once contained gas, but why risk it?

    just my [2c]

  6. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Maybe they could get a retired drug dog, being handicapped and all.....ahahahahahaaaaaa....

    or maybe the guy that stored the gasoline in the barrel could mark the top of the barrel like I do mine, with a permanent magic marker, "GASOLINE.....DATE.....WHAT I PAID "......cause due to my advanced CRS ( Can't Remember Shit ), I often forget myself what's in all my horde of barrels.....

    Of course if they can't smell AND can't read, there's that problem too....

    Hey...wait.....I just thought............WHAT if they are color blind ????

    Jeez.....I've GOT to call my Congresscritter......we need a another federal regulation here.....something like "No storing gasoline in ANYTHING"........ahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member


    I'd say it's best to mark everything you have stored in liquid form... Right down to Soup. I do... What it is and when I bought it.

    As for the original question... THis may or may not help but it is the FAQ of all FAQs on Jerry cans. He may mention plastic composition as well.
  8. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    Call ye ol' Congresscritter. :lol:
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