Long-Term Fuel Storage and Selection For SHTF Preparedness

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

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  1. Jesse Mathewson says:

    I’ve found adding stabil can extended gasoline life indefinitely if it is stored out of direct light, sealed and in relatively climate controlled environment. Personal testing, adding stabil every 9 months I’ve now gone a few years and it is still good. *(the test batch*)

  2. Jack says:

    For transportation, diesel will always be #1 choice here in the Philippines. We definitely do NOT want to store any large quantity of gasoline in the carport which is part of our home’s structure, not a detached separate building a good distance from the main house. Rudolf Diesel’s original engine ran on, if I recall correctly, peanut oil, there was no diesel fuel at the time. It is a survivalist’s dream to look at abandoned McDonalds and Jollibee’s knowing there is used fryolator oil for the scavenging but you need to be prepared to properly filter the oil and pre-heat it in cool or cold weather or you can expect problems with your injection system. In a cold climate, waste veggie oil will gel at a much higher temperature that hydro-carbon based diesel. You will NOT be going anywhere with margarine in your fuel lines. Still, knowing how to prepare and use this oil gives an edge to the diesel engine owner. Older diesel fuel with a higher sulphur content was its own biocide. Our current fuel (in the Philippines) is .50ppm sulphur and after just over a year there are government people wanting to go back to EURO-2 fuel to cut cost for the drivers in the inflationary environment we are now in. Fuel producers say they disagree and will need to add tanks to store both kinds of fuel. The new fuel is needed for new diesel vehicles with exhaust treatment devises that will be destroyed by higher sulphur fuels. For me, the answer is to treat stored diesel with a biocide, and keep water that promotes the growth of filter clogging organisms out of all my fuel. Kerosene that we have for lamps and stove will burn clean in a diesel, albeit with a power loss and reduction in fuel mileage. Many fuels will work as alternatives in diesel engines, especially if the injection pump is equipped with a fuel density compensator such as you will see on military engines. My surplus 2 1/2 ton truck that I owned in the states until I moved was powered by a Contenital LD 465 turbo-diesel and would a accept a wide range of fuels in an emergency. BTW, with special injectors, diesel engines run well on LNG but that is a whole new topic.