Originally Posted By Fullpower:
Look in the yellow pages; FUEL service.
The guys that sell and deliver heating oil, aviation fuel, and fill up the tanks at 'gas stations'
They will sell freshly drained lube-oil or hydraulic oil drums, clean fresh, painted, all the new drums come with two bungs, teflon orings.
Normal sell price is 25 bucks around here, if you offer to buy them FILLED with gasoline or diesel, they will usually give the drum to you free.
If you are nice about it, they will even run a gallon or two of gasoiline in and rinse the drum, if it is Diesel you are better off leaving any residual OIL in the drum.
fill them up, store them on a wooden pallet, covered, and in the shade.
I like to PAINT the upper and lower seam on my storage drums, as a rust prevention.
Diesel is good for at least 20 years,in my direct experience,and possibly much longer.
Gasoline, depends a lot on the formulation, ambient temperature, and what the intended use is, ie
high ambient temperatures, long storage of winter grade gasoline, used in a modern fuel injected automobile could be troublesome.
Gasoline stored in tight steel drums, out of the sun, in a cold climate is usable in a carbureted generator set after 6 years.
The old, lower octane ( 80/87) Aviation gasoline, in sealed barrels has been (rumored) to store for decades.
. I will say again.
Due to porosity, HDPE is entirely UNSUITABLE for long term storage of gasoline.
I'm guessing that based on your post content and posted location that you're in the petroleum industry so I will defer to your knowledge on the subject for I am just a simple IT field service tech.
Not trying to start an argument but I did have some genuine questions regarding what you've posted.
When you say HDPE is unsuitable for long term storage of gasoline, how long term are you talking? Are you talking about completely untouched/unopened storage?
What exactly makes HDPE drums unsuitable for gasoline storage? Is it simply the porosity or the durability? The OP made an interesting point about automobile fuel tanks being poly and I know that poly has been used as fuel tanks on cars for quite a long time with some cars having 20-30 year old poly tanks. Since I partially rotate my fuel every 2 years (just to play it safe) is the downside of the porosity of HDPE negated?
As I said, not trying to be argumentative but am just curious. Thanks!