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    Last edited by bug_out; 12-16-2008, 08:45 PM.
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  • #2
    Diesel Life and storage document

    Water should be stored out of the light and if extended storage times are expected a few drops of bleach will help keep down any bacteria

    If you have a clean, opaque container where the light cannot get through and your water is bacteria-free when you store it you probably don't need to treat it further. Under these conditions the water actually gets more pure as it is stored. However, for most of us there is no guarantee that our culinary water is bacteria-free and most of us prefer to treat our water in some way as a precaution as we store it. Several methods have traditionally been used to purify water for long term water storage:

    1. Two percent Tincture of Iodine -- To use this add 12 drops per gallon of water. Note: pregnant or nursing women or people with thyroid problems should not drink water with iodine.
    2. Chlorine Bleach -- Household bleach can also be used. This should contain a 5.25% solution of sodium hypochlorite without soap additives or phosphates. Use 1/8 teaspoon (about 5-8 drops) per gallon of water.

    Also keep in mind if you are not using large storage drums etc use 2litre soda bottles.. DO NOT use milk jugs they are porous and leak over time.

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    • #3
      A friend of mine here has like 30 military opaque plastic water containers that look jerry cans and cost $37.00 each! He also has three months of stored food, mostly dry.

      Problem is it is openly visible in his garage which is left open most of the time. So his neighbors can easily be aware of what he has and if "push comes to shove", they will probably be coming to take it from him.

      How much ammo is enough to protect your family and the supplies you stored to keep them?

      And since we'll be probably killing people to to that, are there any good recipes for human meat, since I bet meat will be scarce.

      If that offends you, (as the thought of it does me), how do you reconcile everything else on the topic of survival? I mean if things get so bad that your best efforts have left you out of food with your supplies run out, isn't that the next logical step?

      Guess I'll have to add Fava Beans and a nice Khianti to my food storage list!
      A Latter Day American


      • #4
        Gas/diesel, and propane storage

        Dear Muckraker69,

        I'm with bug_out. If you think "Spot" is the name of a dish instead of a pet, or if you have to eat a significant other in any way not portrayed in porn, that is a sign that you haven't prepared enough.


        Besides.if you know how to identify edible plants and animals in the wild, you need never have to resort to such ghoulishness.

        Just looking around in my own area of Gaston County, NC, even where it's built up with houses and apartments, you can find things like:

        *Pine (the green cones have pine nuts and the needles can be steeped to make a high-Vitamin C tea)
        * Yard Plaintain (look like bright green baby spinach leaves)
        * Bamboo (the green sections of the bamboo hold water, the shoots can be cooked and eaten like stir-fry, the underground seed pods called rhyzomes can be ground into flour, and the whole plant can make fishing poles, weapons, furniture, etc.)
        * Blackberries (the berries are delicious, the leaves can make a tea for diarrhea, and the briars can serve as some security around the perimeter of the compound)
        * Wild Plums (good raw or dried into prunes)
        * Dandelion (the roots and greens can be cooked to remove bitterness and eaten and the flowers can be soaked and fermented with sugar and yeast to make Dandelion Wine)
        * Clover;
        * Black Walnuts (the shells also make a brown dye, but keep the tomato plants far away from the tree, as it secrets chemicals that poison it)
        * Acorns (boiled for 10 minutes to remove bitter taste, they can be ground to flour)
        * Muscadine (the vine grows on trees and the wild grapes ripen around September through October)
        * Crabapples (needs sugar, but still great to eat)
        * Cattails (The roots can be dried and ground to flour, the stalks and leaves can be made into basketry, and the top can make seed for more or stuffing for pillows, etc.)

        The local fauna include: rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, 'possums, frogs, turtles (commonly called "cooters,") crayfish, trout, catfish, brim, crappie, carp, birds of all kinds, including seagulls blown over from Hurricane Hugo, deer, and even the occasional black bear.

        There's enough food for everybody if you know what to look for, eat no more than you need, and grow more, so love your neighbors and pets: Please don't cook them!

        "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.


        • #5
          water, gas/diesel, and propane storage

          Dear Diesel,

          Sorry to get off topic by discussing food. It's easy to get carried away when you haven't had supper yet.


          Thanks for the info on diesel storage. I've heard also that there's a product called Sta-Bil which will preserve gasoline in storage for up to 6 months. Also, it's best to store gasoline and other fuel in a shed far from your main home strictly in safety-approved cans or barrels that won't ignite the stuff. Getting approval for underground storage is a costly bi-otch,, and the metal cans buried by Grandparents in WWII tended to rust and leak, so the best most can do about vaporizing is just keep it in a cool, shady area.
          Last edited by TheUnboundOne; 08-07-2008, 05:37 PM.
          "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.


          • #6
            I have a gravity fed, filtered water system but It has often frozen during winter so I also have 6-50 gallon drums and 8-5 gallon containers and a bunch of 1-3 gallon jugs just in case.
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            • #7

              I have used Stabil for years in my Gas, but those in the know seem to prefer PRI-G (gas) and PRI-D (diesel). I still hafta locate a local source for it, but have been lazy, and besides my Stabil is good for 3 more months:D

              Some Obvious bigges. Don't store fuel in your home, garage or anything attached to it. Fire and Gas makes things go bad quickly... Store fuel in a well aired building away from your home or better in a underground fuel tank.

              Rotate new in, and rotate old out. Date all cans with treatment and vital info. Store winter gas as it has more stuff in it that makes for better ignition in colder months. Also makes for better storage fuel.

              Probably lots more but just a few i can think of for now...


              Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
              beat you to death with it because it is empty.

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              • #8
                On gas storage I think I might have commented elsewhere on this method that I think is pretty foolproof for most of us. I heard this from Jack Spirko at Survivalpodcast. It's simple, 12 cans numbered 1-12 corresponding to the month. So depending on if you have 5gal or 6 gal cans it gives you between 60 and 72 gal of gas. and the oldest is never more than a year. Each month the can comes up in rotation use it up. Fill your car, use it to mow the yard whatever and then refill. *poof* that simple. you say you need to store more, well get bigger containers or more for each month. I do put a little Stabil and a little marvel mystery oil in the can before I fill it so it mixes in well. I've been thinking about starting to fill up with non ethanol fuel but around here the places that have it only have it in the hightest so it's about $0.50-0.60 more per gallon so I haven't done it yet. So far the "old" gas I had hasn't been an issue. Main reason I'm looking to go with ethanol free is for when I use it in my power equipment to have less issues with what the ethanol does to them.

                BTW, this also works for diesel or kerosene. I don't have need for diesel though I usually have a 5 gal oil bucket of it around for lighting brush piles and I only have (3) 5 gal cans of kero(#2) I keep for my kerosene heater. I have to admit some of what I used this last winter was going on 2 1/2-3 years old and I didn't have issues nor did I have any kind or additive in it. I'm wondering ir Pri-G would work with the kerosene since they're basically the same with one just being less processed.
                I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!


                • #9
                  Fuel, which falls under energy in my book, is something I've given a great amount of thought to. I've analyzed the pro's and con's to each type of fuel and have systematically applied what I've learned to various SHTF requirements.

                  So here's what I've come up with.

                  Propane: Expensive on a BTU basis, lasts forever in storage, not renewable once you run out. Storing propane is fine but it shouldn't be counted on for long term use that extends past a few months. Propane is expensive and once you're out, your out. So if you're prepping for some short term and localized SHTF event (hurricane, earthquake etc), propane is a good fuel, but if you're prepping for a long duration SHTF event, like an EMP, then propane should only be a part of your energy strategy, not a stand alone resource.

                  Do not store propane and think its going to run your generator for a few months because that's not going to happen unless you have a lot of propane and a small generator. Economically this would be a poor choice. Considerations for storing propane should be for cooking only in my book.
                  Propane has one big advantage over almost all other fuels and that is it can be used for heating inside a home. This is a big advantage in colder climates but not a reason to base one's strategy on propane alone.

                  Gasoline: In the same boat as propane but has higher energy density and its a more flexible fuel since most things run on gas. The problem with gas is that it goes bad and treating it for longer duration storage is expensive and only has limited effectiveness if you're not able to store the gasoline in a cool place. Its also an extreme fire hazard while in storage. Gasoline should not be a stand alone energy strategy but storing three to four months of it is wise.

                  Diesel: Beats propane and gasoline hands down. Diesel fuel has a higher energy content (more energy per gallon) than either propane or gasoline. Its stores for much much longer time frames than gas,(but not as long as propane), and diesel doesn't have the same hazardous storage problems of gasoline as it takes a bit of work to get diesel to ignite. The problem with diesel is that not many things can't use it as a fuel and its frequently more expensive than either propane or gasoline. You also can't burn it inside your home like propane.

                  Diesel is actually a renewable resource if one learns to make BioDiesel or operate a Pyrolysis reactor. Although you won't be able to use it in the winter, biodiesel runs great in diesel engines.

                  I store some of all fuels. I have about a hundred gallons of propane, about 30 in gasoline, and about 300 in diesel fuel. But that storage is for short term use during the initial (3 to 6 months?) of chaos of a long duration SHTF event where our primary concern an attention is spent on security and defensive issues.

                  Once the chaos subsides and life settles back into a quasi-routine, our primary energy source is PV Solar (8kw), wood, and gassifier technology using Pyrolysis reactors. Wood gassification can run an internal combustion engine, a natural gas water heater, propane heater, or a variety of other items that need gasoline or natural gas to run. And wood is plentiful and renewable. We use Pyrolysis reactors to turn plastics into diesel fuel and various other petroleum based oils. While plastics are not renewable, there's almost as much plastic in our lives as their is wood in the forests.

                  In short, if you're SHTF plans are for short duration events, looking to common hydrocarbon fuels (gas, propane, diesel) as a solution is an easy and effective strategy.. However, if you're plans involve something of a longer duration that may last years or more, you really need to be focusing on renewable energy sources that don't run out and are commonly available.

                  As for water, that's pretty simple.. Store some activated carbon, a few pounds of Calcium Hypochlorite (pool shock), and a few Sawyer or Berkey filters and collect rain water.

                  Last edited by Murphy; 06-22-2018, 01:06 AM.


                  • #10
                    One of our BOL's is my parents place where I grew up. They're a bit out in the sticks for that area and a big benefit is that we have natural gas there so we've got damn near an eternal heat and fuel source. We've been working for a few years on laying back some spare appliances like hot water tank(should need additional hot water capacity), spare furnace with maintenance parts, a spare stove with parts, and extra black iron pipe, flex pipe, etc should we need to do any future plumbing. With what is already in place and with the spares I could see those things lasting us 30+ years if need be. We have been talking about going with a whole house natural gas fired generator but to be honest they are freaking expensive.

                    Additionally if need be there is 1000+ gal fuel oil tank in the ground that used to be for the fuel oil fired boiler till it died after about 35 years and was replaced with a high efficiency gas unit. the tank was drained when they switched out the furnace but we can fill it and have storage that most people wouldn't have a clue it's there.
                    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you!