Gasoline Storage – Why It’s An Important Part Of Your Preps


Gasoline Storage – Good to have around when the SHTF

Gasoline StorageEvery prepper worth his or her bug out bag knows the importance of having a well stocked food storage supply but when the SHTF, transportation is just as important. But what good does a car do you when the tank is empty? If the situation gets dicey, purchasing gas might be difficult (if not outright impossible). That is why it is wise to have a good gasoline storage plan in place.

Be sure you always have at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle. If you’re like me, you might have to break the habit of letting your car run on empty before you fill up. If the gas tank is always at least half full, you’re less likely to be stranded somewhere because you’ve run out of gas.

Use containers that are made to store gas. Plastic gas cans weigh less and are less expensive than the metal gas cans. Never store gas in containers that are not made for that purpose.

Smaller gas cans are better than bigger ones. Five gallons of gas weighs about 30 pounds. Any gas cans larger than that might be hard to manage.

Don’t be conspicuous.Gas can be a valuable commodity when things get dire. It may even become an valuable bartering item. So protect your investment and don’t strap your gas tanks to the outside of your car for everyone to see. You might as well put a sign on top of your car that says, “Free Gas for the Taking!” Put your gas cans in a less conspicuous place.

Gas keeps for about a year. Just as with your food, it is important to rotate your gas supply. Label your cans and when they approach the one year mark, use that gas and get some fresh gas. If you add a stabilizing agent will help the gas keep longer.

Be safe. Check with your local fire department to see if there are any safety regulations in your area about storing gas.

Do you have a good gas storage system? What do you do to make sure you have enough fuel for your vehicle when you need it? Share your ideas with us!

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3 Responses to Gasoline Storage – Why It’s An Important Part Of Your Preps

  1. jimmy January 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    The gasoline sold now does not keep very long without stabilizer to counter the ethanol. Learned this the hard way, destroying my lawn mower and weed wacker. If planning on keeping it stored for longer than 30 days, use some kind of additive. Its a small investment to know you have good fuel.

    Thanks for the article.

    • Bubba Edwards January 10, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

      Jimmy makes an extremely valid point, and even with the stabilizer, ethanol gasoline won’t last much longer than 6 months, sooooooo search around your area for a supplier of ethanol-free gasoline. It’s available at farm supply type stores, farm coops, etc……it’s a few dimes more per gallon, but well worth it for storing purposes and using in all gas-powered implements. And it’s much better on your car and truck engine too.

  2. Michael Russell January 16, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    The best stabilizer on the market is called PRI-G (for gasoline), and PRI-D (for diesel).
    This is the stuff used by the military for long term storage and can be bought at West Marine or online…I use it and have burned it in my truck when it (gasoline) was over 3 years old….

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