900 × 346How Long and How Should you Store Gasoline?

Gasoline has become a basic need in the modern world, required to do most of the perks of modern life. This includes driving, fueling tools like snowblowers and lawnmowers, even generating power in the case of generator systems. Currently, gasoline is super cheap due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and so the temptation is there to stock up for many. How long can you stock gasoline, however? And how can you do it safely? Continue reading to find out.

How Long can you Store Gasoline?

When you’re storing gasoline the shelf life really depends on the type of gasoline that you’re storing. There are molecules that carry its energy, responsible for starting and moving devices that require it to run. These molecules are called “octane,” and its constantly degrading as time goes on. This degradation might not matter in some cases, as generators can run without a high octane count for the most part, but for devices like cars it can be a problem. Generally, high-octane gasoline can be stored, without worry, for up to six months in a standard container or storage unity. Low-octane fuel can, in theory, be stored for just as long, if not longer, but is at risk for degrading completely. However, there are ways to make gasoline store far longer!

Gasoline Stabilizers and Long-Term Storage

One such way you can prolong the life of your gasoline stockpile is by using what is called a gasoline stabilizer. These work by extending the life of the octane by a few years, stabilizing the molecule and giving you a far longer shelf life. These are the real key to keeping your gasoline ready to use – but you should also know how to keep your fuel stored properly long-term.

There are several things to keep in mind when storing gas, but the most important is the type of container and where you place them. Legal reasons state that containers most be less than five gallons and must have lids and be sealable. It is important that the container is also made specifically to store gasoline and is somewhat flame resistant. You should keep these containers away from any heat sources, away from the living space, and in a location that can handle bad weather without issue.

These are just a few things to keep in mind if you plan on taking advantage of low gas prices and forming a stockpile! There are a ton more things you should keep in mind, especially if you intend to store a lot. To learn more about vehicles, services, or storing gasoline, or to take a Ford model for a test drive, contact our dealership today!
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