There are plenty of things to remember when you’re creating an overarching survival plan, but one nearly universal need is fuel storage. Whether that’s a liquid fuel, like gasoline, or burnable materials like firewood, there are safety and health concerns to keep in mind.
Storing Fuel For Emergencies
Ensuring that you follow 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.
To ensure maximum safety, follow these guidelines when storing fuel:
- Use a proper fuel container to store fuel in.
- Keep fuel dry.
- 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 fluctuations.
- 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.
Knowing how 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.
When making fuel storage preparations, think about what types of fuels your emergency equipment will need, and prepare accordingly.
Beyond the safety and health concerns associated with storing any form of fuel – as well as legal implications – now you have to pick which types of fuel you need most and how to store them. These are a few of the most popular types, as well as some details about each.
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 made into charcoal, and its ashes used in the garden or compost pile.
Because of the oxygenate additives that are added to gasoline, it’s shelf life is greatly affected. The shelf life for gasoline is about 1 year if properly stored. This type of fuel will more than likely need a stabilizer such as Sta-bil added to it to preserve the gasoline. This fuel can be even more diminished if gasoline is subjected to heat, and moisture.
This fuel lasts longer than gasoline and is more safe to store because of the difficulty in ignition and is almost impossible to ignite by accident. According to Back Woods Home, a homesteading websites says there are two grades of diesel fuel:
Two grades are available: 1 diesel which is old-fashioned yellow kerosene, and 2 diesel which is the same thing as 2 home heating oil.
This is one of the more versatile fuels that can be stored for disasters for long-term use. Another perk of storing this fuel is it does not evaporate as readily as gasoline. Although some preppers add stabilizers to this fuel to ensure it remains viable, no special treatment is needed.
Propane is a very popular fuel choice to store for disasters mainly because it is so widely available, easy to use, versatile and because it will last indefinately. Propane is widely used in “off-grid” areas as an alternative to natural gas and electricity, and it is also a good choice for emergency fuel storage.
– via Ready Nutrition
What type of fuel do you plan to keep around for your prepping needs? How have you made sure that the fuel and storage are as safe as possible for you and your family?