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, http://tinyurl.com/2ubsfzh
- $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?