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ch139  [Member]
9/4/2011 2:32:19 AM EST
Thinking I want to get about four 5-gallon gas cans to keep some extra gasoline on hand. Figuring I'd rotate through it by using the cans to fill my little truck then refill the cans (the amount the truck gets driven, 20-gallons would last me about a month to a month and a half). Was planning on keeping them stored in the garage so they're under cover and locked up. Not sure to be shopping for metal or plastic cans, which brand/manufacturer or where. Any help would be appreciated.
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PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 3:11:50 AM EST
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.
Echo2  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 3:17:52 AM EST
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....
die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 5:11:04 AM EST
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....
rusteerooster  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 6:23:13 AM EST
personally I perfer the NATO (metal) gas cans just about bomb proof but expensive (around $50 ea with shipping).
overkill375  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 6:37:46 AM EST
plastic scepter mfc's IMHO
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 9:29:05 AM EST
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make you next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.
die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 9:46:45 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make you next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.


Ive been storing gas in NATO gas cans for Years with stabil. As long as its not in direct sun, near a heat source and doesnt get banged around, I cant see it being a problem. Infact I havent had any issues with my current system.

PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 10:13:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make you next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.

Says the guy that probably goes bout with over a thousand gallons just in the tail of his work vehicle.

Rodent...you do know that jet fuel needs the most respect..jet fuel evaporates into the ideal 15 to 1 ratio for combustion in the fuel tanks. Gasoline and diesel do not favor such a combustible ratio without a little help
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 12:02:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make your next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.


Ive been storing gas in NATO gas cans for Years with stabil. As long as its not in direct sun, near a heat source and doesnt get banged around, I cant see it being a problem. Infact I havent had any issues with my current system.



You won't until you do, as they say. There's enough energy in a cup of gasoline to blow a boat to splinters. Storing it in a garage, especially if it's attached, would make me nervous.
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 12:09:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make your next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.

Says the guy that probably goes bout with over a thousand gallons just in the tail of his work vehicle.

Rodent...you do know that jet fuel needs the most respect..jet fuel evaporates into the ideal 15 to 1 ratio for combustion in the fuel tanks. Gasoline and diesel do not favor such a combustible ratio without a little help


I'd rather store jet fuel in my house than gasoline.

OP, if you have a detached shed or something, that would be a much safer option.
dtgman227  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 1:02:18 PM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make your next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.

Says the guy that probably goes bout with over a thousand gallons just in the tail of his work vehicle.

Rodent...you do know that jet fuel needs the most respect..jet fuel evaporates into the ideal 15 to 1 ratio for combustion in the fuel tanks. Gasoline and diesel do not favor such a combustible ratio without a little help


I'd rather store jet fuel in my house than gasoline.

OP, if you have a detached shed or something, that would be a much safer option.


I used a deck box for gas storage at my previous house.
SteelonSteel  [Member]
9/4/2011 1:57:42 PM EST
Well after hearing today's coworkers lament I'd go with plastic.

Recently he put some new ethanol gas in one of his metal boat 6 gallon cans. The drop in fuel gauge assembly rusted to shit in a few weeks. He had the can for 17 years and that never happened before.
OverScoped  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 2:15:49 PM EST

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 2:29:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make your next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.

Says the guy that probably goes bout with over a thousand gallons just in the tail of his work vehicle.

Rodent...you do know that jet fuel needs the most respect..jet fuel evaporates into the ideal 15 to 1 ratio for combustion in the fuel tanks. Gasoline and diesel do not favor such a combustible ratio without a little help


I'd rather store jet fuel in my house than gasoline.

OP, if you have a detached shed or something, that would be a much safer option.
Now you have proven that you are a pilot

PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 2:35:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By OverScoped:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll Y'all gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
Took me a while to learn to spell y'all too

This is my point....they leak

rusteerooster  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 2:39:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By OverScoped:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll Y'all gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
Took me a while to learn to spell y'all too

This is my point....they leak



Y'all must be a south Texas thing, here in the South Yall isn't hyphenated....
Echo2  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 2:47:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By rusteerooster:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By OverScoped:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll Y'all gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
Took me a while to learn to spell y'all too

This is my point....they leak



Y'all must be a south Texas thing, here in the South Yall isn't hyphenated....


Practically a proper noun.....
juslearnin  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 3:22:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By rusteerooster:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By OverScoped:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll Y'all gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
Took me a while to learn to spell y'all too

This is my point....they leak



Y'all must be a south Texas thing, here in the South Yall isn't hyphenated....


When I was growin up in ta south we was so poor we couldn't afford a good hyphen.
36_gauge  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 3:31:19 PM EST
It isn't that hard to build a relatively fireproof shed for your fuel storage if you're serious about keeping good amounts on hand without getting a tank.
dab2  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 3:48:59 PM EST
I have 'Justrite' metal gas cans in my garage and keep my plastic gas cans in a shed away from my garage. The plastic ones will allow fumes to escape and not something I want in my attached garage. My 'Justrite' metal cans have not leaked fumes and have a tight sealing cap. I certainly recommend these metal gas cans if you can afford them.
ch139  [Member]
9/4/2011 5:00:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By juslearnin:
Originally Posted By rusteerooster:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By OverScoped:

Originally Posted By die-tryin:
Originally Posted By Echo2:
Originally Posted By PA22-400:
You will probably find the answers to your questions on page one of this thread http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_17/643480_FUEL_CAN_ORACLE.html

You may buy metal or plastic. If you want cans that do not leak then you probably will not be shopping at walmart.


This....


That....

Ya'll Y'all gotta be shittin me. I have a couple of wally world plastic cans in my garage with fuel for a couple of years. The only thing that leaks is the stupid CARB spouts, and since they are so slow to pour, i just take it off and use a funnel.

the metal cans i use are 5 gallon drums that used to have Naptha in them. I also have plastic drums that had Naptha in them previously. I can get about 50 a year for free, BTW.
Took me a while to learn to spell y'all too

This is my point....they leak



Y'all must be a south Texas thing, here in the South Yall isn't hyphenated....


When I was growin up in ta south we was so poor we couldn't afford a good hyphen.

Its an apostrophe!


Just grammar nazied my own thread.


CJan_NH  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 5:18:12 PM EST
These are my portable gas cans of choice. While they are pricy, they are the nicest jerry cans you'll ever own

Deutsche Optik


FYI, they have to say "Not For Fuel Use" to comply with CA regs, since they are technically the preban design.

Originally Posted By ch139:
Originally Posted By juslearnin:
When I was growin up in ta south we was so poor we couldn't afford a good hyphen.

Its an apostrophe!


Just grammar nazied my own thread.

Apostrophes were even more expensive back then-so they were only used on special occasions. Juslearnin said hyphen because they used to cut the hyphens in half and stand them up. That way, you could get two apostrophes for the cost of a single hyphen
MR_JOSHUA  [Member]
9/4/2011 6:06:23 PM EST
PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 6:12:29 PM EST
You might wanna splain that pic there friend...for those of us that are havin challenges with r postrophys commas n such...like me





thanks guys I don-t think we-ve had this much fun in a thread in two weeks

juslearnin  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 7:05:05 PM EST


That there is one of them "tailgate discourager" set ups. Another one of those southern interventions which is designed to keep people from tailgating and rear ending your BOV. They might do it once, but they won't do it twice.
EXPY37  [Team Member]
9/4/2011 8:43:17 PM EST
Originally Posted By PA22-400:

Originally Posted By Rodent:
I would think very hard about storing twenty gallons of gas in a garage. Don't underestimate how volatile and unstable it is.

Make you next vehicle a diesel and go for it then.

Says the guy that probably goes bout with over a thousand gallons just in the tail of his work vehicle.

Rodent...you do know that jet fuel needs the most respect..jet fuel evaporates into the ideal 15 to 1 ratio for combustion in the fuel tanks. Gasoline and diesel do not favor such a combustible ratio without a little help




Are you sure about that?

How does ANYTHING evaporate in a 'ratio'???

Jet fuel [Jet A] is basically kerosene IIRC.

At what temperature? Jet fuel isn't too volatile at 'normal' temps, at least compared to gasoline.



OverScoped  [Team Member]
9/5/2011 4:05:16 AM EST
ok lemme get thins leakin thing straight.


when you say leakin, you mean from the spout and not from the can itself??


PA22-400  [Team Member]
9/5/2011 4:43:46 AM EST

Originally Posted By OverScoped:
ok lemme get thins leakin thing straight.


when you say leakin, you mean from the spout and not from the can itself??


Vapor coming out of gas is a possible fuel for a fire and not fun or safe to be breathing. When I smell gas then the can is leaking. The leak could be from the body of the can, from the lid, from the spout, from a gasket, or from the little vent thingy.

Because gas cans are marketed as a complete assembly, and it is a bit challenging to use a good lid from one brand on the good body of another...I buy the best cans I am able to get.

I have had the good Rubbermaid cans from WM 20 years ago...the little vent caps were the weak link that broke frequently.

I now prefer military cans with good seals.

Hope this helps

strat81  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 11:40:00 AM EST
5-gal Utility Jug

The "not for fuel use" nonsense is for EPA/CARB compliance. These are the same jugs that were sold as gas jugs prior to the ban. The caps have o-ring seals inside of them. Be sure to order spouts if you don't want to use a super siphon or funnel. Less expensive and lighter than metal jerry cans.

Similar products are available. Do searches for "tuff jug", "scribner jug", and "VP racing jug". I believe the Tuff Jug spout is CARB compliant. I chose the ones linked above because they have two handles so they're easier to handle.
die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 12:26:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By strat81:
5-gal Utility Jug

The "not for fuel use" nonsense is for EPA/CARB compliance. These are the same jugs that were sold as gas jugs prior to the ban. The caps have o-ring seals inside of them. Be sure to order spouts if you don't want to use a super siphon or funnel. Less expensive and lighter than metal jerry cans.

Similar products are available. Do searches for "tuff jug", "scribner jug", and "VP racing jug". I believe the Tuff Jug spout is CARB compliant. I chose the ones linked above because they have two handles so they're easier to handle.


I wouldnt use any PLASTIC can for storing fuel, that includes the MFC that I see some have. Ive been storing gas in NATO/SWISS/USGI metal cans for years. If ya'll seen how I store it you'd cringe but guess what, never had any issues in over 5 years. IF you have a good seal, store it in a cool dark spot with no source of spark or heat and treat the gas, itll last. I rotate my gas every year and just mix it in with my truck.

Any used gas can I buy, gets a good cleaning, re-paint and I always replace the seal (can get em new from LandRover site). I also make sure the latch pulls the lid down so its nice and tight. It should be tough to open and close, if its easy, either the seal is worn out or the taps that pull the latch down are tweaked, just tweak em back.

Like others have stated, if you can smell gas, you have a leak, PERIOD!! (be it fumes or actual gas)

Rodent  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 12:49:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By die-tryin:... if you can smell gas, you have a leak...



If you can smell gas, you have an explosive fuel/air mix.

Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.
strat81  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 12:58:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By die-tryin:
I wouldnt use any PLASTIC can for storing fuel


Why not?
die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 1:14:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By strat81:
Originally Posted By die-tryin:
I wouldnt use any PLASTIC can for storing fuel


Why not?


Just personal preference. The experience ive had with them is they leak and the screw tops can leak and even strip the plastic caps, etc. Ive had such good luck with Nato/USGI gas cans, I cant see any reason to switch.
buck19delta  [Team Member]
9/7/2011 2:46:57 PM EST
im planning on getting some military plastic diesel, and water cans...... when i find some, and have the $...
DJinGA  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 2:09:27 PM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 2:17:48 PM EST
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.

die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 2:19:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.



Sum of us dont have that option, we do what we can , as safe as we can.
SShockwave  [Member]
9/11/2011 3:18:58 PM EST
Another vote for Deutsch Optik NATO cans (METAL).

1. Bomb proof
2. won't expand/contract with temp as plastic will
3. air tight seals
4. Last forever, you can hand them down to your grand kids in 50 years.

Every plastic can I ever had would evaporate or "vent" at least a small amount. Enough for me to at least smell gasoline when I put my nose over the can. WIth the metal cans you can put your nose literally on the filler neck with it locked down and not smell anything. No vapors, stored away from heat = much safer option.
die-tryin  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 3:29:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By SShockwave:
Another vote for Deutsch Optik NATO cans (METAL).

1. Bomb proof
2. won't expand/contract with temp as plastic will
3. air tight seals
4. Last forever, you can hand them down to your grand kids in 50 years.

Every plastic can I ever had would evaporate or "vent" at least a small amount. Enough for me to at least smell gasoline when I put my nose over the can. WIth the metal cans you can put your nose literally on the filler neck with it locked down and not smell anything. No vapors, stored away from heat = much safer option.


In RED is NOT true. The metal cans will contract in the winter time and expand in the summer time. Ive had it happen with the heavy duty USGI Nato cans. Gas does build up some pressure. That is why its very important not to shake the cans around right before you open them, think soda can. And when the cans are contracted or expanded be very carefully when you open them, they WILL shoot gas out, guarantee it, to avoid this, just crack it open to release some pressure and then youll be fine.

DJinGA  [Team Member]
9/11/2011 8:04:11 PM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.



Not possible. Its the garage, or not at all.

FWIW, the garage generally stays closed except when exiting/entering and has probably never seen >80 degrees.
DreadfulHillbilly  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 7:44:38 AM EST
I have both metal NATO, and plastic Scepters. I store gas in the metal and diesel in the plastic.

Overall, I prefer the metal. Easier to open and easier to seal.




biere  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 7:47:31 AM EST
Bench outside against the garage perhaps?

If it has to be inside I would probably build a bench or cabinet and seal the heck out of it and set up a solar powered attic fan with a battery for overnight to vent the fumes outside.

And in reality I would skip the fan most likely, if vented right it should have no issues letting fumes out the top and fresh air in the bottom.

With propane the fumes stay low since they are heavier than air, with gasoline it is lighter than air.

I grew up in a house with a 2 car attached garage with another 6ft or so of low ceilinged space for bikes and mowers and yard tools adn what not.

This garage did not have a water heater or freezer or anything in it.

I was born in the 70s and when dealing with vehicles using carburaters and depending on age some fuel systems had a vent to the atmosphere instead of a charcoal canister, the garage had a fair bit of airflow and was not insulated.

Depending on the construction of the garage I would treat things differently.



airgunner  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 8:57:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.



Do you park your cars in your attached garage? Car's typically have 15-25 gals of fuel stored in one large metal tank. How is that any safer then the same amount of fuel stored in individual 5gal fuel containers?

I have 6 Scepter USGI MFC's plus (2) 2.5 gal standard gas cans a (1) 1 gal container. All stored in my attached garage and my house hasn't blown up yet

PS - I also have a few 5 gal propane tanks in there too not to mention some kerosene and other flammables! OMG the horror I know!

To the OP - Scepter 5 gal MFC's (Military Fuel Containers) are the way to go IMO if you can find them. They are typically lighter then their metal competition, never rust, never dent or collapse. No paint to maintain or chip off. Just all around great containers. There is a reason the military dropped the metal containers a long time ago and it wasn't because of cost or availability.
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 9:26:51 AM EST
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.



Not possible. Its the garage, or not at all.

FWIW, the garage generally stays closed except when exiting/entering and has probably never seen >80 degrees.


Maybe you don't need to store gas that badly, then. Do a risk/reward analysis for your family. Maybe just keeping your car tank more or less full is a better plan for now.

Good friend of mine was watching TV with his wife and two sons one night, and they smelled gasoline. They went out into the garage to investigate, and the smell was stronger. They turned on the garage ceiling lights, and hit the garage door opener. Investigators theorized that the door opening swirled the fuel/air mixture up into the ceiling light or garage door opener, which ignited it. All four of them spent at least a year in the burn unit at Brooke. They all still look like monsters. They don't know if their new MG was leaking, or if it was a can. Learned a lot more respect for gasoline visiting him. Interesting aside: A doctor there told me that the number one reason people end up in Brooke is putting gas in a hot lawnmower.

Rodent  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 9:31:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By airgunner:... I have 6 Scepter USGI MFC's plus (2) 2.5 gal standard gas cans a (1) 1 gal container. All stored in my attached garage and my house hasn't blown up yet

PS - I also have a few 5 gal propane tanks in there too not to mention some kerosene and other flammables! OMG the horror I know! ....


Congratulations, I'm happy for you and hope your good fortune continues. Storing large quantities of gasoline in your house is still a bad idea.
DJinGA  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 9:32:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Don't store gas near your house. Dynamite is literally safer.


I don't get this. Literally thousands (millions?) of homes have a can of gas in the garage or basement for a lawnmower, weed eater, etc. You're saying they're all idiots?


Enough gas for a lawn mower is one thing. Storing multiple five-gallon cans of it is another. I even know a guy who keeps cans in a closet in his apartment. Yes, that's foolish.

If you want to store gasoline, a garden shed away from your house is a much better option.



Not possible. Its the garage, or not at all.

FWIW, the garage generally stays closed except when exiting/entering and has probably never seen >80 degrees.


Maybe you don't need to store gas that badly, then. Do a risk/reward analysis for your family. Maybe just keeping your car tank more or less full is a better plan for now.

Good friend of mine was watching TV with his wife and two sons one night, and they smelled gasoline. They went out into the garage to investigate, and the smell was stronger. They turned on the garage ceiling lights, and hit the garage door opener. Investigators theorized that the door opening swirled the fuel/air mixture up into the ceiling light or garage door opener, which ignited it. All four of them spent at least a year in the burn unit at Brooke. They all still look like monsters. They don't know if their new MG was leaking, or if it was a can. Learned a lot more respect for gasoline visiting him. Interesting aside: A doctor there told me that the number one reason people end up in Brooke is putting gas in a hot lawnmower.



If I had to guess, I would bet I have a higher likelihood of a home invasion.
Rodent  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 9:44:29 AM EST
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
If I had to guess, I would bet I have a higher likelihood of a home invasion.


Amigo, you're free to fill your house with cheap containers of gasoline if you like. You're right, they probably won't leak, and if they do, the fumes probably won't reach an ignition source.

DJinGA  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 10:02:01 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By DJinGA:
If I had to guess, I would bet I have a higher likelihood of a home invasion.


Amigo, you're free to fill your house with cheap containers of gasoline if you like. You're right, they probably won't leak, and if they do, the fumes probably won't reach an ignition source.



SWEET. That rings of "approval".
airgunner  [Team Member]
9/12/2011 10:26:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By Rodent:
Originally Posted By airgunner:... I have 6 Scepter USGI MFC's plus (2) 2.5 gal standard gas cans a (1) 1 gal container. All stored in my attached garage and my house hasn't blown up yet

PS - I also have a few 5 gal propane tanks in there too not to mention some kerosene and other flammables! OMG the horror I know! ....


Congratulations, I'm happy for you and hope your good fortune continues. Storing large quantities of gasoline in your house is still a bad idea.

I noticed you avoided to explain how individual fuel containers somehow offer a greater hazard then the large fuel tanks installed in your cars, motorcycles, boats or ATVs that are parked in the same garage? We all have our own opinions and I don't expect everybody to agree with mine just because I say so but if you are going to poo-poo my methods or imply that I am being unsafe then I would appreciate some logical reasoning to back up your POV?

I will concede that any flammable or combustible liquid stored any place within the home posses some risk but if those items are stored in proper containers and kept away from sources of heat, light and flame then I feel the risk is mitigated to an acceptable level. YMMV?
DanishM1Garand  [Member]
9/12/2011 11:07:58 AM EST
OSHA trumps Carb. Eagle safety cans for me from here on out.
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