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Keeping Your Generator Fed: 4 Tips For Long-Term Fuel Storage

A generator will keep the lights on and your hearth warm if the electricity goes out. However, you have to feed it fuel for it to do its job. Unfortunately, most emergency situations, such as extreme weather conditions and the zombie apocalypse, make it difficult to purchase fuel. Not only is getting to the gas station physically difficult in these situations, it is often futile because many gas stations close up shop.

If you want to run your generator when there's an emergency, you have to store fuel. Long-term fuel storage is not straight forward, however. Following are four tips for storing fuel for your generator. 

Store Only What You Need

It is recommended that you keep enough fuel on hand to get you through 72 hours. To figure out how much you need, you will have to consider the size of your generator and how much fuel it consumes per hour. If your generator consumes 1 gallon per hour, you will need 72 gallons. Keep in mind that there are generators that use a lot less fuel than this, but they won't run everything in your house. You can also cut down on fuel usage by electing to not run your generator around the clock. Take all of these things into consideration when calculating your fuel usage. 

Store Safely and Properly

Always store gasoline in approved containers placed in a well-ventilated area that are away from the house. Avoid storing fuel in sheds or buildings that get a lot of sun. Gasoline should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Make sure that caps are tightened at all times. Your containers should be as airtight as possible. 

Lengthen Life of Fuel Supply

Fuel does not last forever. It breaks down over time and loses its potency. Sediment also starts to build up in the bottom of it if it's stored for too long. If you store your fuel in a place that's less than 70 degrees, it will probably last about a year. If the place is warmer, it may only last six months. To make your fuel last longer, use fuel additives, which are designed for that purpose. 

Establish Fuel Supply Rotation

Since fuel doesn't last forever, you should rotate it and replace it as necessary. A great way to do this is to use gas from your fuel supply to run your lawn equipment. Replace used fuel with new fuel, but be sure to place it at the end of your rotation. 

If you want to run a generator in emergency situations, you have to keep an emergency supply of fuel. Always store fuel properly so you will be ready in any emergency. To find out more, contact a business like Childers Enterprises Inc.