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Siphoning Gasoline from Newer Vehicles without Damaging Them


Siphoning Gasoline From Newer Vehicles Without Damaging Them via Preparedness Advice

The other day I received this e-mail on siphoning gas from cars:

“While doing some maintenance work on my gasoline powered electrical generator, the thought struck me that back in the old days, and in case of an emergency, one could always siphon gasoline out of their car’s gasoline tank and use it to run things like generators. However, that seems to be not the case nowadays. I tried inserting a conventional siphon hose into my tank but it “bottomed-out” on some obstruction before it touched any gasoline. I looked under the hood of my car (2001 Toyota Highlander) for a place where I could tie into my fuel line.

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Propane-Powered Generators: Are They the Best Choice?

Propane Powered Generators-Recently I was asked the following question by someone who wants to install a 5000-watt generator to run their home in case of a power failure:

What is the best choice for fuel, propane, gasoline or diesel?

This reader is leaning towards getting a propane-powered generator. The choices are confusing, and a guide like this one can help the newcomer to the world of generators make the best choice.

I have been doing some research on the subject and here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of all three fuels for generators: gasoline, diesel, and propane.

  • Advantages:
    •  Easily obtained
    •  Portable in small containers
  • Disadvantages:
    • Highly flammable
    • Short shelf life of fuel (approximately 12 months)
    • Storing large quantities of fuel is hazardous
    • May not be available during power outages
  • Advantages:
    • Least flammable fuel source
    • Fuel easily obtained (fuel is easier to obtain during a disaster because it is a necessary fuel for the military, trucking industry, and farming operations)
    • On site fuel delivery available
    • Designed for off-road applications and can operate on dyed or farm/construction diesel fuel which is sold without the road tax and thus is considerably cheaper to purchase.
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The Importance of Multiple Fuels in Your SHTF Cooking Plans

Fuel SHTF Cooking Heating Plans (1)In our household, we have a Sun Oven and a Solavore, SilverFire and StoveTec rocket stoves, and a dual-fuel Coleman stove, which uses both unleaded gasoline and Coleman fuel. I have the supplies for putting together an improvised cement block rocket stove, and a backyard full of trees, pinecones, and leaves. We purposely chose a gas stove for our home in order to have the ability to cook in a power outage.

In the emergency cooking department, we have numerous bases covered. Looking at these different types of stoves, it’s not enough to just have alternative cooking methods. You also need to make sure each one uses different types of fuels.…

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The Safe Storage of Gasoline

With all the talk about generators lately, it is time to talk about safely storing fuel.  The majority of generators are gasoline powered.  A few are powered on tri fuel (propane, natural gas or gasoline) a few are on just propane or natural gas.  If you look at my blogs for the last week you will find a post on tri fuel generators.

The safest fuel to store is propane.  Just be sure and keep the bottle in the upright position.  Remember when you decide where to store the tanks, leaking propane is heavier than air and flows downhill like water.…

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Protecting your Gasoline Motors from Old Fuel

How Fuel Stabilizers Preserves Your Fuel

Every now and then, I have to admit to making a mistake.  Well my last one cost me about $122.  This was a costly one.  I had a good chain saw sitting in the garage and I had not run it out of fuel the last time I used it.  It sat on the shelf too long and the gasoline evaporated and clogged the carburetor with lacquer.  Anyway, I had to take it to the repair shop and have the carburetor rebuilt.

My normal procedure is to empty the fuel tank and let the carburetor run dry; I then remove the spark plug and drop a little Marvel Mystery Oil in the cylinder (just a few drops).  …

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How can a shammy help you in a survival situation?

Get a real shammy made of chamois leather not one of the new synthetic imitations.  First, a shammy can be used to collect water or dew off plants in a survival situation.  But probably the best use of a shammy is to filter gasoline.  It is a good expedient fuel/water separator.

It has been used by pilots and boaters for many years to filter water out of gasoline.  When a shammy is soaked with clean gasoline, it will not allow water to pass through its surface fibers.  Take a large funnel and drape the shammy inside it to form a bowl. …

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Bulk Storage of Gasoline and Diesel

fuel storageThe two fuels that I intent to discuss today are gasoline and diesel.  Both of them have advantages and disadvantages.  One thing you may need to take into consideration is local fire codes.  In many areas if the tank is not properly installed the fuel companies will not fill it.

Gasoline has the shortest shelf life.  The shelf life varies depending on where you live and when the gasoline is refined.  However, this can be extended be adding a fuel stabilizer such as Sta-Bil or Pri-G.  Just follow the instruction on the container.  Gasoline is arguably the most dangerous.  It has the lowest flashpoint, (the lowest temperature at which it can vaporize to form an ignitable mixture in air). …

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Several of my friends who are sort of preppers have bought generators for emergency use. Myself I do not consider generators a high priority. It comes behind food, bandages, and self-defense. While a generator is great for short-term power outages, for long-term use it has some problems. For many of us money is a problem and we must set priorities.

I know people who have spent a thousand or more dollars on a generator and have 5 gallons of fuel on a good day. This money could have been put to better use buying food etc. Depending on where you live the use of generators may be limited by their noise and light.…

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Long Term Storage of gasoline

Gasoline is an item that more people are starting to store, due to the rapid increases in price.  This post is to give you some safety tips to keep you from burning your home down or killing yourself.  Most of the information in mere common sense, but every year homes burn down, and people die from lack of it.

  • Do not store gasoline in your house, this includes attached garages.
  • Gasoline should be stored in a separate well ventilated area.
  • It should not be stored near electrical equipment or open flame. Remember a pilot light is an open flame.
  • A secure metal storage cabinet or box located a safe distance from your home is preferred method.
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