I want to, as quickly as possible, lay out my plan for fuel. I want to tell you how you should be storing gas for practical reasons such as reducing the price of gasoline and how to find or procure gas in a fuel shortage.
The first thing that makes sense is how to store the fuel, gas in particular. What do I recommend people store their gas in? A basic red gas can. That’s right. There is nothing fancy here. It is 100% sheer functionality. Get a bunch of 5 gallon gas cans because they are easy to fill up, carry, and add to a vehicle or generator. They have to adhere to safety standards and are cheap to buy. If we get an extra gas can a month for six or 12 months, we end up with the capability to eventually hold 30 or 60 gallons of fuel. Add a bit of stabilizer to that and you have storage for a couple years.
I don’t think just storing your fuel is practical. Just like in permaculture, there is the principle of everything you do serving multiple functions. Unless this is the case, it isn’t worth having. What are the functions of gasoline for the average person? Run a lawnmower, possibly weedeater or chainsaw, and their vehicle. This is pretty much it.
But for a prepper, your car is also a generator, so gas is now for a car and generator. Next, many will have a stand alone generator that will need the fuel, so the emphasis on having a reserve of fuel just got larger. You DON’T want to be one of the thousands of people in line at the gas station about two days after a disaster because you ran out of fuel.
But there is a more practical reason to store the gas that makes immediate sense. We rotate it into our consumption with every fill. Now as we are using up our reserves, we fill them up with fresh fuel. In my case, I can get through 60 gallons in 3 weeks easily, just driving to work and back, so I use no stabilizer. Since we are rotating in into our consumption, we can purchase it in bulk amounts. I am not saying that we are buying barrels, I mean, we will purchase 30 gallons instead of 15 at each time. This CAN save us money. I currently use Kroger fuel quite often, which may be good or poor quality (in my opinion, they are all the same), because we get some of our groceries there and as we spend money, we will end up getting 10 cents, 20 cents, up to a dollar off per gallon. If I filled my car with this cheaper fuel, I would get 5 dollars total off if I had 50 cents off per gallon. But, if I use it for 30 gallons, I would get 15 dollars off total, and have a reserve of fuel. If I can wait until I accumulate a dollar off, I can get 30 off total, but it could be more depending on how quickly I accumulate empty cans.
If you are going to rotate, I recommend numbering your cans 1-6 or 1-12 so you can keep track of what your last fuel was. As you want to purchase more at a time, you can add more gas cans to ensure you keep a minimum amount on hand at all times, so you don’t end up almost all cans empty when a storm rolls through.
So now we have a store of fuel saved up and we are getting it at a reduced price. All is awesome, but eventually we have to run out. When we do, what the heck are we going to do. Our generators are useless without fuel , and I will not promise that there will always be fuel on hand, but it sure is nice to have as much as possible to help you get through the initial shock wave of problems. We siphon fuel from nearby tanks that are abandoned. I am not saying to steal from people. Go ahead, if you want to get shot, because that is what will happen at this time.
Ther is no reason, whatsoever, to siphon fuel using a garden hose, although it is still an option. I would probably get myself one of those safety siphon pumps. This is a simple and cheap, mechanical device, so it should be a relatively easy to maintain tool. It can also be used on other liquids. The link that I stuck in this post has not been reviewed by me, so don’t think that I endorse it, but at first glance, it seems decent enough. It was just a quick amazon search.
If you have this pump and the need for more storage, you can use those blue, food-grade water barrels to store fuel in, but now you really have to get on top of periodic stabilizer addition. And remember that it is COMBUSTIBLE, so don’t store it where it can cause damage to your home!
I think that everyone shold start storing fuel for a quick backup power provision, a price reduction method, and a backup for vehicle and generator during an extended shortage.
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