Diesel Storage

Old 04-22-20, 02:33 PM
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Diesel Storage

With fuel prices so low, we are considering buying a lot of diesel for our tractor at the farm. How long does diesel stay good for? We have a large diesel tank that my grandad used to keep drip in. Probably a 500-800 gallon tank. We don't use the tractor a lot, so I'm wondering if the diesel will go bad before we even use it.

Old 04-22-20, 03:03 PM
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I have a diesel tractor and I use Stabil Diesel for the fuel just like all my gas engines.

Ive read diesel today is like gas, it just doesnt keep as long as it used too!
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I have a friend in Pennsylvania that bulk buys off road diesel fuel.
He tells me he only holds what he can turn around in one year.
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maybe apples to oranges but my grandfather had a big above ground tank [farm] that he had filled with gasoline every spring back in the 50s and 60s. I agree with Pete's suggestion to not store more than you could use in 1 yr.
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How Long Can You Store Diesel Fuel For?

If you ask different people this question, you will likely get different answers. That's because the storage life of any fuel is dependent on the conditions. The military has an obvious interest in fuel storage, given what they do, so they've studied storage life of fuels pretty closely over the years. The key is keeping the fuel cool and keeping the fuel dry. Under ideal conditions, diesel fuel can be stored between six and twelve months. To extend the life past twelve months, even under the best conditions, it needs to be treated with fuel stabilizers and biocides. If the fuel can't be kept cool, below 70 degrees F consistently, twelve months is the longest reasonable estimate for storage. Keep in mind that this is for diesel fuel, not ethanol blends or biodiesel blends.
quote source: bellperformance.com

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