You can never know when the weather will suddenly change or a disaster will pop up and you have to depend on the little fuel you have saved. Winter is almost upon us, and many gas stations will close. It’s important that you start having your own stock of fuel and also store the fuel correctly in a way that will make them last you long enough.
The challenging part with fuel is that if they are stored in properly, then you stand a chance of burning your own house and some serious property damage. Also, every 6 to 12 months the stored fuel needs to be rotated or circulated with a much fresh supply. Nevertheless, storing any fuel way past the expiry date, is dangerous since the fuel will not be able to generate the combustion hence can end up clogging the engines.
Gasoline is a very common source of fuel and is used in many scenarios. The price of gasoline tends to go up in case their availability is limited in any way. This means that you have to store enough gasoline that will be able to last you. But then just putting gasoline in a 40 litre drum and keeping it in the garage or a store is not the best way to go about it. If you want to enjoy the maximum life of gasoline as a fuel source its best that you store it correctly.
Below are some of the ways you can use to store your gasoline for a future long term use.
The Storage Location
Gasoline should never be stored inside the house. This is because gasoline happens to be a fire hazard and also the fumes from the fuel can cause health harm. Instead, if you think of storing gasoline these should be done in an outdoor structure or building. This can be an external garage, barn or a shed. Make sure the fuel is kept away from any varying elements this means no extreme temperatures variations, direct sunlight or moisture. The fuel ought to be kept at room temperature: maximum 80 Fahrenheit. The other thing would be to make sure the storage location is safe from scavengers and from reach of children. Make sure the area is lockable.
Substances to be added to the fuel
The only substance you should add is the fuel stabilizer. It functions by preventing the gasoline from absorbing any form of water or moisture that tend to build up in an enclosed environment. Water absorption takes place due to oxidation. If oxidation occurs, you will have gasoline that is soupy and thick, hence end up clogging the fuel injectors and lines. The stabilizer works by absorbing the moisture and the chemicals so the fuel can’t absorb them. It can be used on the fuel port and engines to make sure the engines stay fresh especially during the winter season. Remember these stabilizer works only when the fuel is fresh. An example of a reliable fuel stabilizer is STA-BIL. Make sure you add the correct amount of stabilizer.
The Containers to use
Picking the correct container to store your fuel is very important. Make sure the container is of the correct color. This is because different colors belong to different fuels, this is according to the international standards. Below is a simple guide for the colors to use:
- RED: it’s mostly used to store fuels that are highly flammable e.g. gasoline.
- BLUE: it’s mostly used as the storage color for kerosene.
- YELLOW: perfect for storing diesel.
- GREEN: used for storing oils.
The container you use to store gasoline should be certified ASTMF-85299. This type of container will be able to store your gasoline safely. The container should not only be certified and tested, but then it should also be very easy to pour so that you don’t waste the fuel you have stored. Make sure there is minimal spillage, if your container is not easy to pour then you can use a funnel.
Rotating your gasoline
Just like most of the things you store, gasoline cannot be stored forever. At one point you will have to replace your stock. There is a possibility of enjoying a storage of as long as 12 months, but it’s important to rotate your stock so that you are able to enjoy the best supply of your gasoline. This can be done by using the fuel each time it reaches 5 or 6 months and replacing the reservoir with new fuel. If you are storing up fuel just in case of a natural disaster, then it would be best to store enough food and also have protective gears. Plenty of water reserves will also come very handy. Rotation is very important as it makes sure you don’t end up with fuel that is past their expiry date.