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Oil drums for gasoline storage

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by tedrow42, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. tedrow42

    tedrow42 Monkey

    What are your thoughts on these? I have 2 with no idea how how to clean them. I wanted to use them for gas
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Drain them as completely as possible. Just fill 'em with gas and use it. Just be sure that the oil that was in them is flammable. The little bit of oil left in the drums will be so dilute that the engine won't even know it's there.
  3. tedrow42

    tedrow42 Monkey

    OK I think it was 10w30 I'll check later
  4. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If it is Alcoholized Gasoline, then you ABOSLUTLY must seal the Drum, AIR-TIGHT, or it will suck moisture right out of the Air, and be worthless in 6 months.... If it has NO ALCOHOL in it, then just seal it up with a can of Stabil, and your good for a couple of years...
  5. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+

    Will be fine as long as you use E0 gasoline.
    I stored diesel like that for 4 years once and it ran great.
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  6. duane

    duane Monkey++

    Diesel will store fine, have best luck with a conditioner with an algicide and water removal. Had fuel oil, dyed diesel, in a 275 gal tank in basement, for 6 + years that burned fine in oil burner and generator, heat with wood mostly. The only problem with oil drums, sealed, if there is a fire, they will not vent and burn, pressure will build up until something breaks, then you will get a very interesting fire and explosion. Use them for diesel, kerosine, waste oil and they work fine.
  7. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+

    How are you going to get the gasoline out of the barrel?
  8. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey++

    You know, to have a few of these 55 gallon drums around for fuel is a good idea. I wonder if there is any law/regulation about it - probably. They make a hand pump that screws right into the drum's opening as I have used one before. I am going to see if I can purchase a few of these drums but need to find a place out of the weather to store them, don't really want them in the garage. I might even see if I can purchase a real heavy duty storage tank for outdoors...cost not prohibiting.
  9. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+

    I have a barrel hand pump.
    Had to wait a while to get a free one from work. New ones are around $200.
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  10. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I have several barrels that are filled with diesel and gas and the fuel is stable and quite efficient .
    It is best if you top off the barrel with as little air space as possible , it prevents gassing off. drums that are less than full develop gassing and pressure and this is what your vehicle runs on. Venting will encourage the fuel to age rapidly . Stabilizers are good, but I go the extra mile keep them full up.
    My barrels set on wheeled frames and I syphon the fuel as I need it .
    In the past we had some bad experiences with barrels resting on their side and some failure and the contents ended up all over the place .
    Hand crank pumps tend to bind up, and the diaphragm type are better if they are made for gasoline and alcohol.
    I'm cheap, I syphon. I also took an oak 1"x1" stick and as I filled at 5 gallon increments I marked the stick then slotted and made a permanent marks .
    Now I can stick the barrel and know where it's at.
    If you have access to a boat shop , they have a product called "water finder."
    It is a green paste the you put on the end of the sick, and if it turns bright red you've got water . If you barrel is slightly elevated you can syphon that water out.
    I have gas that is several years old but it is probably stronger then what I get at the station. My motorcycle seems to respond as though that is the case.
    When it nears the end of the month and money is thin I go to my reserves and then refill after I get my check.
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

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  12. tedrow42

    tedrow42 Monkey

    Thanks for the tips guys. I can get watter past at work probably syphon it out it will be for emergency use and I'll be using pure gas I found a website a wile back that tells you stations in the area that don't use additives
  13. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    And the link to this website is??? ? ? ? ?
  14. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    The way I figure it , your going to get additives one way or anoither so i dont mind mixing gas brands or values, it's just not worth the head ache.
  15. john316

    john316 Monkey+

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    Ganado Monkey+++

  17. tedrow42

    tedrow42 Monkey

    Yeah what @john316 said I don't get on here as much as I used to Facebook took control of my life
  18. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

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  19. tedrow42

    tedrow42 Monkey

    Lol I deleted it for a wile then opened it again cuz I needed food for my snake
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  20. natshare

    natshare Monkey+

    An inexpensive pressure relief valve, plumbed to the 3/4" bung on every single metal drum I've ever seen, can take care of that problem. If you're doing more than one drum, you can even manifold them together, with a single valve to relieve pressure.
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