The 6 Most Popular Types of Fuel to Store for Emergencies
by Tess Pennington
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In our everyday
lives we are dependent on fuel to maintain our comfortable lifestyles.
During a disaster however, we are even more dependent on fuel to
maintain our basic survival needs. Having an emergency supply of
fuel can help create warmth in your home to assist in regulating
your body temperature, assist in cooking food, and also helps in
powering essential emergency tools such as generators, household
can also be very economical given the price increases we have seen
in gasoline these days. Ensure that you have purchased proper fuel
storage containers or tanks for safety. Further, investing in fuel
stabilizers such as Sta-bil and Pri-G
or Pri-D would be beneficial if you plan on longer-term fuel
storage. Some preppers store the same fuel for all of their prep
items and have purchased kits to convert their equipment to one
specific fuel source. More information about these conversion kits
can easily be searched for online.
fuel for short or long-term disasters is not without its own set
of unique challenges. Storing fuel can create fire hazards if not
stored properly, can be an OPSEC
nightmare, and lets not forget that depending on where you live,
storing large amounts of fuel can be illegal. Ensuring that you
safety regulations for properly storing fuel, and knowing what
the EPA and regulatory issues associated with storing fuel are will
help you in your fuel storage preparedness. Contacting fuel dealers
that are in your local area can also provide you with a host of
useful information on this issue.
maximum safety, follow these guidelines when storing fuel:
- Use a proper
fuel container to store fuel in.
- Keep fuel
- For safety
reasons store fuel in an isolated area. Do not store fuel near
your home or near appliances such as water tanks.
- Do not store
fuel near ammunition.
- Store fuel
downwind from any homes or buildings.
- Store fuel
in a cool, dark area away from any sunlight or high temperature
- Rotate your
fuel supply regularly.
- Have a fire
extinguisher on hand in the area where the fuel is stored.
- Check the
storage containers or tanks regularly to ensure that the fuel
is safely stored away and that there are not any signs of leaking.
much fuel to store is dependent largely on what you plan to use
the fuel on during an emergency. If you wanted to only run a generator
with gasoline to power your home and appliances during the day,
plan on using 1-2 gallons of fuel per hour. In a 72-hour emergency
where you are reliant on yourself to provide power, plan on needing
at a minimum 48-gallons of fuel.
fuel storage preparations, think about what types of fuels your
emergency equipment will need, and prepare accordingly. The six
most popular fuel sources to store are listed below.
This is the most basic of fuel sources, is inexpensive and
depending on where you live, there could be a plentiful supply for
use. Many preppers believe that firewood is one of the greatest
self-sufficiency advantages of off the grid living. Ensure that
your firewood is seasoned at least six months and is kept dry. Firewood
is also the only fuel that has re-usable bi-products. Firewood can
be make into charcoal, and its ashes used in the garden or
Because of the oxygenate additives that are added to gasoline,
its shelf life is greatly affected. The shelf life for gasoline
is about 1 year if properly stored. If you plan on storing larger
amounts of gasoline then it must be stored in pressurized tanks.
This type of fuel will more than likely need a stabilizer such as
Sta-bil (available at Wal-Mart) added to it to preserve the gasoline.
This fuel can be even more diminished if gasoline is subjected to
heat, and moisture. Most cities prohibit this type of fuel from
being stored above ground, so check with a fuel dealer in your area.
Additionally, there is strong evidence that these fuels pose dire
health and environmental consequences, so please follow the safety
suggestions provided above.
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