The subject came up in a comment about storing gasoline and it seems a few are surprised we don’t store gasoline. I’m not one of those who believes the world as we know it is coming to an end. Most days I don’t believe that! 🙂 Gasoline is the last thing we worry about keeping on hand. First, today’s formulas aren’t meant for storing. We don’t keep gasoline more than a month, even with stabilizer added, and even for the lawn mowers.
As far as generators, personally, I think they’re kinda useless. In theory, they sound like a wonderful item but if you’ve ever been without power for a week or more, you realize how truly worthless a generator will be. It doesn’t even matter if it’s propane, gasoline or diesel powered, if they’re hooked up to enough gadgets to make life comfortable, or as you knew it when you had power, you’d better have a huge bank account and cash on hand. The whole house generators burn through the fuel at an unbelievable rate. Having them hooked directly into a natural gas line is ideal but be prepared for an enormous gas bill if you’re running the generator to keep your house going. If you have a gasoline generator, most of us have no chance of having enough gasoline on hand to keep them running for a week or more.
We have generators that can be powered by just about any fuel you might think of but we’re more prepared to live without any power if the need arose. I’m not going to go into all the ways we prepare . . just because it’s probably boring to most. I will tell you that canned goods need no refrigeration. All the years we lived in Louisiana where we were concerned with hurricanes and in KY and MO, where storms could take power out for days, my biggest concern was my freezer til I said . . why? Why don’t I just can this stuff? I never keep things in my freezer that I’d be devastated if I lost it all. Everything that matters . . my entire food supply that I count on is in jars in my pantry.
As far as gasoline for the cars, my feeling is that if things got so bad we couldn’t get gas, we wouldn’t be leaving our little piece of land anyway. We’d stay right here where we have everything we need.
The tractor and RTV use diesel and as much as we’ve played on those for the past 3-1/2 months, we haven’t even used 1/4 tank in either of them. We keep diesel in cans for them but not more than enough to fill them up once.
I also try to keep my car at least half full at all times but normally, I fill my car about once every 2 – 3 months. I just don’t use a lot of gas. Vince drives 7 miles to work and he doesn’t use much gas either. Lately we’ve been to town more because of buying for the fence and coop, and plants but we don’t use a lot of gas.
We do not worry about storing gasoline or diesel.