With a nod to the Propane thread, I am good with the 20lb propane
tanks and never bring them inside- but in my well ventilated and
unheated, but electrified garage I have;
in the winter a car with 12gallons of gasoline-
a generator with 10gallons of gas
a 5gallon and two 2 gallon cans of gas
two 1 gallon cans of mixed gas [40:1 & 50:1]
5 gallons of kerosene
5 gallons of diesel
I have toyed with the idea of a dedicated fuel shed/box out back but
it isn't something I've ever gotten around to. What are some
thoughts on safe storage of all this crap?
I don't think he's a muslim, so he must be one o dem right-wing extremists,
you know, the ones more dangerous than terrorists, er, I mean "misunderstood
victim of western imperialism".
I'm forwarding this to DHS; expect a large cylinder-shaped woman at your
I do about the same and think it's OK. Only problem I ever had was a
leaky gas tank on a Lawnboy lawnmower. The company had sent out a
recall notice and extended warranty but I did not bother and did not
replace until it leaked. Leak was minor but now I never leave tank full.
I am about the same. Here is one I bet noone thinks of.
I store my butane camp lantern in the basement along with the fuel
canisters. Last year I had to use it during an extended power outage
(about 2 hours). Started with a fresh canister. Power outage over, I
removed the canister. Next time I went to use it, the canister was
totally empty. Obviously the valve had not totally sealed and all the
remaining fuel leaked off.
I keep 3-4 1lb propane tanks for torches, lights & a camp stove. They
get stored in my basement right above an outlet to the cellar drain.
I doubt a pound of propane would make much of a boom if one leaked-
but if it does, the path is clear for it to go to the outside without
passing any source of ignition. [remember propane is heavier than air,
so it sinks- unlike natural gas]
Valves on the smaller tanks are noted for leaking. Very
often, I just leave the appliance hooked up. Lantern,
torch, whatever. I trust the on off knob more than the
You can put some water in the end of the tank, see if it
bubbles. That helps tell if the shrader valve is holding.
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