fuels have different shelf lives and necessitate different
storage procedures. As a general rule, always color code
and/or label containers with different fuels. Also, store
fuel only in sturdy, durable containers with good seals.
Here is a breakdown of some large scale fuel storage tips
for different kinds of fuel.
Petrol can be optimally
stored for about two years. After this time petrol tends
to go ‘stale’ and may not be ideal for motors.
There are, however, stabilizing agents you can buy and
add to the petrol to keep it better for longer. Always
store gas in a durable, sealed, preferably red, container
out of direct sunlight in a ventilated space.
Diesel fuel has a short shelf life--anywhere
from 6-12 months. Because diesel fuel oxidizes after it
leaves the refinery and sediments form that can clog motors,
stabilizers should be added to the fuel to slow this process.
Diesel should not be stored for more than two months,
so use up the supply in a vehicle or generator then rotate
LPG should always be stored outdoors in a well-ventilated
area. Place the LPG tank upright on concrete away from
any other flammable objects or liquids. Storing away from
wet areas or places where large amounts of water won’t
fall on the tank is also a good idea to prevent rust on
the tank cylinder.
Kerosene doesn't evaporate as quickly as gasoline
and can remain stable while being stored without any extra
treatments. Because of this, kerosene is an easy and popular
fuel to store. Make sure kerosene containers are well
labeled and possibly stored in a different colored container
than gasoline or other fuels. Kerosene has a shelf life
of about 3 months and there is a risk of mold forming
in the containers for longer storage, so rotate your kerosene.
While less popular in large scale fuel storage
than propane or kerosene, butane has a variety of uses
in heating and cooking. If you need to throw on a pack
and take to the woods, butane can be your companion for
cooking and starting fires. Store butane in a cool, dry
place out of direct sun. The canisters have a high resistance
to heat, but always keep them out of extreme temperatures
for good measure.
Fuel (Charcoal, Coal, & Wood)
The dry fuels are the easiest
to store since they are not extremely volatile compounds
like most liquid fuels. Most of the time having canisters,
waterproof containers, and a dedicated area for the fuel
is the best storage plan. Keep firewood away from the
house and covered to prevent it getting wet if left out
in the open. Both coal and charcoal should be kept dry
and in some kind of container or bin. Make sure to keep
these fuels separate from any flammable liquids.