I'm considering gassing the cars & off-road vehicles from a fuel drum at
home in a remote area dozens of miles from the nearest gas station.
While I'm in the planning stage, it would be helpful to hear ideas on
what works and what doesn't work from those who already store & dispense
gasoline at home from a storage drum.
The zoning department told me there are no specific regulations up to 55
gallons and the HazMat department told me 15, 20, 30, & 55 gallon barrels
must be UN Certified steel (that's United Nations); they must be
grounded; and they must have a "containment system" to keep spills from
penetrating the ground.
There are no other requirements although they suggest keeping the drums
at least 10 feet from a structure.
Calling Granger's Industrial Supply (800-323-0620), they suggested the
following components (about $700).
- $150 (1MLA7) 55-gallon UN-Certified Carbon-Steel Phenolic-coated Drum
(with 2" & 3/4" bunge), http://tinyurl.com/36a6tfk
- $350 (1P894) Fuel Transfer Pump, Flow 15 GPM, Power Rating 1/4 HP,
Motor 12 VDC, 12 Feet Lift, With 15 Feet Cable and Tube, Not Metered,
http://tinyurl.com/39bvcj4 ... or $160 (1P893) Rotary Transfer Pump,
- $35 (4A442) 3' Ground Strap, http://tinyurl.com/3yszste
- $165 (4RP91) Liquid Flowmeter, http://tinyurl.com/378rugu
- $125 (2P695) Fuel Filter, http://tinyurl.com/3a6vyoe
My main questions:
a) Do you use such a system? If so, what do you recommend?
b) Do you suggest the hand pump ($160) or the electric pump (350)?
c) How do most of you FILL the drum (is there a fuel-delivery service)?
d) What do you use for a fuel level gauge?
e) Is the fuel filter really needed?