Call to Action: August ’13 – Fuel

act-nowThis is the fourth installment of a monthly series called “Call to Action”Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it.

#1 – Food

#2 – Shelter

#3 – Water

Fuel is often overlooked as an essential survival prep. It is not exciting and “cool” like a GLOCK 17 pistol or a Buck Hoodlum knife…..but have none and life will become much more difficult.

Fuel for transportation may become difficult to obtain depending upon the situation at hand. After Hurricane Hugo there was no power within the city or surrounding areas for days. No power equal’s no gasoline which equal’s GOING NO WHERE. I remember I felt the need to go look for supplies, check on friends and family. Luckily I had a tank full of gas which lasted for awhile.


For this month take a look at your fuel reserves. Do you have any? How many gallons? How is it stored? Are you rotating it?

Where ever your at with fuel for vehicles try to add a little. I know, gas is expensive and many of us are on a budget. Maybe add 5 gallons, maybe 20. Every little bit counts.

When we talk about fuel I am not just talking about for vehicles. Check your level of fuel for the following as well:

  • Oil Lamps
  • Kerosene Heaters
  • Propane for grills and camp stoves
  • Rototillers and other small engine tools – especially if they 2-cycle engine

Regardless of the purpose – take this time now to store extra fuel for when you might need it later.

****TIP: A propane fuel storage idea is to check out Craigslist for used propane tanks. I picked up several for $5.00 each. Electricity out those will will very good to have around.

****TIP: I have stored gasoline in plastic containers – non-treated – for well over 6 months without a problem. Not the best idea. Treating stored gasoline with Pri-G will help keep it fresh to perform in your vehicle when you need it.

Take care all –




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13 thoughts on “Call to Action: August ’13 – Fuel”

  1. Fuel? Obviously a no-no in the house or attached shed. And if you don’t already have a shed a distance from the house, you may have to get a building permit (zoning issue) to put one up. A solution might be to put a dog house
    a-ways away from your home. It would be a safer location and unobtrusive.

    • UmbrellaMan –

      Excellent point that I should have mentioned. I store all my fuel in my shed far from my house.

      Thanks – Rourke

      • Just a thought on fuel storage. Regardless of all codes and regulations which do cite a requirement for containment, you should seriously consider a containment plan for all of the fuels, oils and chemicals you may have stored around the property. While I have had considerable OSHA and the state environmental training during my career, I am just as guilty as any home owner in not following what I have preached. I’m about to rectify this. I’m going to erect a lean to on the small shop building I have which is a good way away from my house. It will include locked storage locker which will have a concreted floor, curbed and sealed to contain at least a ruptured 55 gallon drum of fuel. If you have a spill, this way you can at least reclaim the materials or safely dispose of it. The last thing you want is to have a fuel drum leak into your soil and contaminate your ground water not to mention the fact you will lose a precious commodity.

  2. I store my spare fuel in the backroom of my workshop.

    Note: after the 1st summer I added an external vent to the room & I check the tanks every weekend. 100 degree days will expand the tanks/cans. Don’t smoke when you go in to check them.

    When gas is high I fill my truck. When low I refill the tanks. But always keeping a good on hand supply for my Generator.

  3. Here where I live a local grocery store offers rewards point for purchases. The rewards can be redeemed at their gas stations or at Shell. Depending on the amount you spend you can earn up to $1.00 a gallon discount. The grocery stores prices are competitive and are of a good quality. But conversely to sign up for the rewards points you have to give a phone number (I gave an old one) and they ask for some personal information, (again I gave info for a female in her 60’s and a fake address). I usually have at least 55 gallons on hand and adding another barrel soon. Treated with STA-BIL or the PRI-G.

  4. A couple of tricks I use:
    I also have the WD/Shell fuelperks deal. My jeep will not take the full 20 gallons that you are allowed so I have two 12 gallon marine fuel tanks and a number of Pegasus racing fuel jugs that I throw in the back before I go to refuel, and will pump the excess into one of them and return it to my fuel storage shed waaay out back. This way I am constantly adding to my stores rather painlessly and not short changing the deal that I get. Stored fuel treated with Stabil. I have a jeep electric fuel pump and hose system set up and on standby with a battery pack (from my offshore boating days) that allows safe efficient transfer. Been looking at a steel 50 gallon tank at TSC that I may buy and bury.

    I also bought a tank converter valve that allows me to fill 2lb tanks from the larger propane tanks for about $5, Amazon I believe. there is a trick to using it but very handy for the smaller bottles.
    Regards, D.

  5. A friend bought a 55 gallon drum of racing fuel for his drag racer. When he used it up, I got the drum. I use it for storing used oil, not fuel, but 55 gallon drums are fairly easy and inexpensive to get and might be a good way of storing fuel. I don’t know if the drums have to have a special treatment applied to the inside before being used to hold fuel.

  6. Mine are the older 5 gal (red, blue & yellow) for gas kerosene & diesel. Got them for Isabel and they have been serving me well. Replaced some seals & caps over the years. When I heard they were changing the spouts I added a few more to the supply.

  7. I don’t know how it is in your state, but here in Texas, there is a program (Federal I think) that lets you turn in old style propane tanks for the new ones with the check valves and volume limiters on them. You can take them to any cylinder exchange and they will accept them in almost any condition. That saves you $25-35 on the empty tanks.

    Where do you get them? From the DUMP! You would not believe how many of these people just throw out. I have picked up over ten of these, 5 for me and five for my scout troop.

  8. after bothering with rotating gas cans etc i finally got a 100 gal tank from tsc and set it out back in the shade. i insulated it then built a pt plywood box around it about a foot bigger all around than the tank. i filled the space with sand to protect it from bullet puncture. added about ten times as much pri-g as recommended. they claim 5 years, so far so good. went with high test fuel anyway,ethanol sucks. now i don’t have to mess with cans or worry about spills/fumes etc. haven’t found a decent pump yet tho, just a hand pump thats slow of course.

    • I, for one, am impressed. You’re prepared for longer time independence. But, and not knowing where you live, can
      you back your vehicles up to the tank in real wet or snow storm-type weather?

  9. Where is a good place to buy gas cans? Home Depot? and go with the plastic ones? I like the Gerry cans but not sure where is a place to buy the good ones and not the junk.
    Any ideas?


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