Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Storage

If you have a generator, chain saw, log splitter, roto-tiller, power washer, snow blower, lawn mower, tractor, boat motor or other seasonal survival equipment you have a common problem; all fuels can turn to gunk after a couple months of non use. Tools that are engine powered by gasoline or diesel must have the fuel treated to keep it fresh and stop it from clogging or gumming up the carburetor or injector fuel passages during extended non use periods of 30-60 days and longer.

Also to really be prepared and self-reliant you must store some fuel for a long term disaster which may last a month, a year and possibly much longer.

Another issue with Diesel fuels that many don't know about is when stored, moisture can be in the storage tanks and fuel tanks. This moisture acts as a breeding ground for bacteria, algae and fungi. These critters turn into a sludge and will clog the fuel system. PRI-OCIDE additive kills this growth. Imagine having 1,500 gallons of diesel stored only to find out when you need you can't use it!

How do you safely extend the stored life of your fuels? Very simply, just add a chemical preserver to the stored fuel. I have tested the two commonly available products STA_BIL brand and the PRI brand PRI-G (gas), PRI-D (diesel) and PRI-OCIDE (diesel) and they all work. It’s really a no-brainer to use them.

Now the question is which is a better deal for your money? Let’s look at the directions for each.

STA-BIL instructions:32 oz = treats 80 gallons

PRI-G instructions:32 oz = treats 512 gallons

What’s the cost of product and the cost per treated gallon of gasoline?

Sta-Bil; 32 ounces @ $20.00:
Divided by 80 treated gallons equals $0.25 per gallon of gas treated.

Pri-G; 32 ounces @ $30.00:
Divided by 512 treated gallons equals $0.06 per gallon of gas treated.

I have seen Pri-G for as low as $19.00 you just have to search for it so it’s a real deal per treated gallon.

Pri-G is clearly the better deal.

Web-site for ‘PRI’ for access to the PDF’s for Gasoline, Diesel and Diesel Microbicide products.

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