Fuel Storage Container

Old 09-08-20, 04:54 PM
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Fuel Storage Container

Over a couple of years, I have considered getting a trailer & put a couple of (100 gal) tanks for fuel around here. Diesel for the tractor & gas for mowers, generators, chain saws etc.

I recently seen someone on FB market place, selling those square plastic 200 gallon "totes" within a cage or wire basket. I'm sure yall know what I'm talking about. The person is saying they are good for fuel storage in addition to other liquid uses.

Can I put gasoline & Diesel in these tanks?

I may put an electric fuel pump on them but, I'd like to just drill a hole near the bottom & put a faucet on it so I can turn it off & on. Using a water hose, I even thought about putting an nozzle on the end of the hose to start & stop the flow from that end as well.
So, this brings up a couple of other questions. How to seal the faucet so it wont leak. I'm concerned that gasoline, especially, will eat up or melt any rubber washers, gaskets, caulk, silicone, etc. So, how would I seal around the faucet?
Same thing for a garden hose fittings washers etc.

First, can I put fuel in these tanks?
Secondly, means for fuel transfer other than expensive electric pumps?
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You would need to consult the manufacturer to determine recommended usage.

Shop your local farm supply or coop for fuel storage options.
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First, you need to pick the proper IBC. There is no single standard. They are available in different sizes and with tanks made of different materials. Some are better suited to fuel transport than others.

You can attach to IBC's with bulkhead fittings wherever you want but you are drilling a hole in the tank and creating another potential leak source. Why not just use the fitting and valve that's already on the tank?

Most IBC's are translucent which makes them not the best for fuel storage. If this were for short term use or if you are consuming a lot of fuel so the tanks get emptied and refilled frequently it might be an option. If the fuel will be in these tanks a long time I'd get proper fuel storage containers.
Old 09-11-20, 07:43 PM
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As said, you really need to check and adhere to your local regulations on this.
There are fairly strict rules on fuel storage and transportation.
The first consideration is that rules are in place require you to have an approved container for storage or transport.
I am sure that there are no fuel police patrolling for unlawful tanks but here there are signs at nearly every gas station that spells out what types of tanks you are allowed to fill and transport.
I have seen them send away a few ppl with plastic windshield washer jugs and the like for lawnmower gas.
Another issue is that if you have any problems with a spill or worse you could be held responsible.
I have also not ever seen any recent portable fuel containers with a bottom feed, they all have a a nozzle to pour from or a fitting for a top mounted pump.

The other issue is having tanks mounted on a trailer.
Again, you need to look up your local rules because that is also .an area that is regulated.

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Everyone has made good points & I appreciate all input. Lots of things for me to consider which is why I asked for your opinions. Thanks for your time & thoughts.

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