Do You Keep Extra Gasonline For Emergencies?


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mr..plow
April 27, 2008, 03:48 AM
Since everyone seems to enjoy SHTF stockpiling Lets talk about hoarding fuels in todays uncertain energy market.. How much extra gasoline or other fuels (propane etc..) do you keep on hand for generators or extra Gas incase you gotta leave town in an emegency. We have 3 generators one 15hp 13,00 watt which will power the whole house and anything in it including the washer,electric dryer, and microwave, a smaller 10hp 6000 watt, and a small 2700 watt to use during summer months to runa fan and tv only buring a small amount of gasoline.

About six months back we had a severe power outage where almost 1 million people were without electricity for almost a month in our area. We ran generators for about 1 month and directly wired it to our natural gas furance to keep the house warm.

Currently we keep 35 gallons on hand enough to get us about 1200 miles in our car if needed or the same amount of fuel will supply our generators for 10 days running 24/7 on the big genrator during cold winter, maybe 20-30 days or so if we shut it off once the house gets heated up. And quite a bit longer in the summer if we used only the small generator to power a fan or two.

I am thinking of Adding another 20-50 gallons of Gasoline as I would like to have enough fuel to drive across the country if need be.

Note that this fuel is treated with stabil fuel stabilizer so its good for 2 years before it needs to be used. Some say its a pain to store extra fuel but really it does not take up much space, and its not as big deal to pour it a cars gas tank if not used by the expiration date.

Also we have two BBQ sized tanks full of propane.

So how much do you keep on hand and intended purposes for the amount you keep?

So you think this amount of fuel is extreme?

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Farnorthdan
April 27, 2008, 04:01 AM
I think its a great idea especially with the rising cost of fuel. I currently have only limited supply on hand, maybe, 5 gal for lawn mower, snowblower etc., but have been thinking about bumping up my storage.

I'm getting ready to move residence right now and will probably start stock piling a little more once settled in.

ndh87
April 27, 2008, 04:08 AM
No, but i have a friend who has a couple of horses.

General Geoff
April 27, 2008, 04:30 AM
I don't really have the ability to keep extra gasoline on hand, because I don't have a garage or other semi-enclosed area with adequate ventilation. However, if I had the money, I'd like to keep a couple of 48 gallon drums full of unleaded gasoline, with a stabilizing additive to help keep it fresh for at least a couple of years.


If the S really HTF, I think a well-maintained bicycle would be worth more than a hundred gallons of gasoline.

Eric F
April 27, 2008, 07:52 AM
I keep up to 55 gallons of spare gass around the house for the boat mowers and other utility devices. I learned from Isibel (the hurricane) that waiting for gas sucks. but 55 gallons with me driving back and forth to work with my truck will lase about 8 trips back and forth to work. My wife uses roughly a third of that so it really is only about 5 days worth of supply for us.

TAB
April 27, 2008, 07:55 AM
Something to think about, modern gas does not store well, its life span is months. Not really a big deal if your using it in a lawn mower, but if you plan on using it in your car you will have probs.

spartan55
April 27, 2008, 08:23 AM
I keep 24 gallons 4 five gallon cans and 2 two gallon cans and rotate every six months.

All there is to it is every six months when the truck goes empty I use the gas cans to fill up then drive to the gas station and fill the cans.

After the initial filling of the cans you do not feel the pinch since you had to fill your rig up anyway.

This way I know that whatever may happen I got atleast 1 tank of gas to get out if need be, or I have 24 gallons for the generator if I choose to stay and ride it out.

45Badger
April 27, 2008, 08:31 AM
Anybody have a good source for quality 5 gallon or larger containers?

Andy W
April 27, 2008, 08:35 AM
I keep about 10 extra gallons on hand for a generator. +1 on using Stabil, I use it in all of my small engines year round.

Larry Ashcraft
April 27, 2008, 09:15 AM
Excellent topic for APS.

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