How Do Preppers Store Gasoline?


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As a prepper, you know that having a stockpile of gasoline is essential for emergencies and disaster preparation.

However, storing gasoline can be dangerous if not done correctly.

In this blog post, we will explore the top methods for storing gasoline safely and effectively.

How Much Gasoline Should You Store?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends storing only 1-5 gallons of gasoline, while the fire department recommends a maximum of 25 gallons.

However, these are just recommendations, and the amount you store will depend on your specific needs and situation.

Types of Gasoline Storage

There are several types of gasoline storage options available, and the one you choose will depend on your needs and preferences.

Here are some of the most common types of gasoline storage:

Small Jerry Cans

Small jerry cans are portable and easy to carry with one hand.

They are ideal for short-term storage and can be used to fill up your vehicle or generator quickly.

However, they are not suitable for long-term storage.

Vehicle Accessories

Some accessories are specifically made for your vehicle, mostly found in trucks, off-roaders, etc.

These accessories can be used to store gasoline safely and securely.

However, they are not suitable for long-term storage.

Large Tanks

Large tanks are ideal for long-term storage and can hold a significant amount of gasoline.

They are available in various sizes and can be installed in your garage or shed.

However, they can be expensive and require regular maintenance.

Use and Replace Method

One of the basic models in prepping is the First In First Out “store what you use, use what you store” concept.

It can work well for gas storage, particularly if you don’t want the expense or hassle of using stabilizer, or if you want to have lots of gas on hand but can’t use larger tanks.

Most people have one tank: the one in their car.

Instead, you could keep a few full cans in your garage and top off your vehicle with the oldest gas you have around.

Then, as you use the gas from the cans, you take those to the gas station and refill them.

How to Store Gasoline Safely

Storing gasoline safely is crucial to prevent accidents and fires.

Here are some tips for storing gasoline safely:

Choose the Right Container

Choose a container that is specifically designed for gasoline storage.

The container should be made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic and have a tight-fitting cap.

Never use a container that previously held other chemicals or food.

Store in a Cool, Dry Place

Store your gasoline in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, heat sources, and flames.

A garage or shed is an ideal location for gasoline storage.

Use Fuel Additives and Stabilizers

Gasoline can go bad over time, and using fuel additives and stabilizers can help extend its shelf life.

Additives and stabilizers can prevent the gasoline from breaking down and forming varnish and gum.

Inspect Your Storage Tanks Regularly

Periodically, inspect your storage tanks for pressurization.

Keep your fuel tanks stored in a well-ventilated area and away from any other sources of heat, such as space heaters and your vehicles’ exhaust pipes.


Storing gasoline safely is essential for preppers.

Choosing the right storage container, storing in a cool, dry place, using fuel additives and stabilizers, and inspecting your storage tanks regularly are all crucial steps to ensure safe gasoline storage.

By following these tips, you can ensure that you have a reliable source of fuel for emergencies and disaster preparation.


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