This is something that I have very mixed emotions about. On one hand, I love to stock up on anything and everything that I can, and fuel is a necessity if I want to be able to run my generator or hop in my truck and get out of dodge. On the other hand, gas goes bad over time and it is not cheep. Currently, I have 20 five gallon gas cans that I can fill if I need to. I don’t keep them full because I don’t want the gas to go bad. But if I need the gas in an emergency, I won’t have it. Just typing about this aggregating paradox is getting on my nerves. So, what do I do??? I have put a lot of thought into this and I think that saving gas is a good thing, provided that you take the proper precautions.
If you simply buy regular gas and put it in a can, you can expect it to last for about 3 months (weather depending). However, adding Sta-bil to your can should give you up to a year. With that said, experts say that you should still rotate your gas every 6 months to insure that there are no issues.
Another thing that will help your gas last longer is trying to keep it out of the heat and sun. Keeping it cool will reduce vapors from escaping. Also, if you keep them in good metallic cans (not what I have) you will be better off. The plastic cans tend to swell up and this is not good. I need to take my own advice and invest in better cans. I got mine for free by being at the right place at the right time when a company was tossing all their plastic cans and switching to metallic. I now know that they did that for a good reason.
You should label your cans so you know when you need to use your gas by. Doing this will insure that you don’t accidentally let your gas sit too long.
Ethanol free gas is another good option. Logic would tell me that this will last much longer, but adding a stabilizer to it is still advised.
I still have a lot to learn on this and I am not going to try to I pretend to be an expert on this subject. So, if anyone has experience with this, feel free to add your insight to the comments. After all, learning from each other is what this is all about.
Until next time,