Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Cammy writes: My husband and I are worried about what may happen in the coming year assuming Biden becomes president and even if he doesn’t. It seems likely there will be violence regardless and one of the things we have been considering is storing a decent quantity of fuel in order to have extra on hand for the generator as well as potentially for our vehicles. Have you got any advice for us?
My reply: Yes, I do.
The first recommendation I’d like to pass along is that it is sound policy to keep your vehicles as full as possible at all times. You never know when fuel may – suddenly – become unavailable or when you may need to not stop for anything. Besides which, if you keep your tanks full, you will have 15-20 (or however many) gallons of gas already stored. In a pinch, this can be drained from the tank to use in a generator, etc. And even if none of the previous becomes an issue, it is good for your car’s fuel pump – which is located in the tank – to be swimming in gas, because it cools the pump and that helps extend its service life.
The second recommendation I’d like to pass along is that it’s probably a good idea to get two or three five gallon jugs and keep them filled, too. You can use fuel stabilizer to retard spoilage but even better is to cycle the gas in the jugs through your vehicles (and equipment, such as lawn mowers) so that the gas in the jugs is never more than a month or so old. This way, you not only have 15 or so gallons of portable fuel on hand, it is not stale fuel.
A third recommendation – more involved – is to consider shifting over (as you can) to diesel-powered everything. Cars and gennie. Diesel not only stores better, it can be made yourself – or acquired more easily – than gasoline, which requires higher-order distillation not really feasible outside of industrial-scale operations.
I screwed up bigly when I did not jump on the opportunity to buy a diesel gennie from an estate sale a couple of years back. It was powerful enough to run my house and 50 gallons of diesel would have kept me powered up (intermittently) for months.
Live – and learn.
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