Today I would like to tell you about a product that you can use for storing gasoline for emergencies. Many of you already know that if gas sits around too long in storage containers or in your gas tanks, it will spoil. Leaving unused gasoline in your gas tanks and power equipment such as emergency generators very long can cause you some serious grief.
Over time, stored gas can form a “gummy” like sludge in the tiny orifices of your power equipment’s carburetors. If this happens, you just might find that when you need your generator the most, it won’t start. Once this sludge has accumulated in a carburetor, it can be quite difficult to clean out. You often have to remove the carburetor and do a thorough cleaning with specially formulated carburetor cleaner. This can be a daunting task if you don’t know what you’re doing.
The product that I would like to tell you about today is advertised to help prevent gasoline from spoiling for up to a year. For preppers, we realize the importance of keeping a supply of gas on hand to power our generators in an emergency. This product is intended to prevent your stored gasoline from going stale which should help ensure that your power equipment will be much more likely to start when you really need it to.
The name of the gasoline treatment product that I’m referring to is called PRI-G. One of the things that I really like about it is that its manufacturer claims that it is super concentrated. It comes is a 16 oz (473 ml) container that has a built in dosing cup. According to the label on the bottle, one 16 ounce bottle will treat up to 256 gallons of gas! As of today, 1-21-2014, you can purchase it on Amazon for $17.40 a bottle. Click here to see this product on Amazon.
The label also states that it’s good for all 2 & 4 stroke engines. Some of the other claims are:
- Provides greater power
- Improves fuel efficiency
- Prevents damaging deposits
- Contains no alcohol
The built in dosing dispenser in the container is marked at 1/2 ounce and 1 once increments. The instructions on the back of the bottle say to add one ounce of PRI-G to every 16 gallons of fuel.
I have to admit that this was a bit confusing to me at first since I store my emergency gasoline in five gallon containers. If I cut the dose in half and only used 1/2 ounce, this amount should treat 8 gallons.
I contacted the representative from the company that manufactures this product who sent me a free sample bottle to evaluate and review. In my email, I asked them how much I should be using for 5 gallons and the response I received is pasted below:
This is a common question and the easy answer is that since the measuring device is one ounce – use approximately half an ounce to treat a 5 gallon container. This would be enough to treat 8 gallons but it does not have to be exact. You can’t over treat the fuel. It would be a good idea not to under treat it though.
Now we do make a very small bottle that is specifically made to treat small amounts of gas. It is less concentrated and treats 20 gallons per bottle. With this bottle 2 ounces would treat 5 gallons.
How I Used This Fuel Stabilizer For Storing My Gas
It’s important to me that my emergency generators start up when I need them to so I don’t like to leave old untreated gasoline in them. What I did was run my generators until the tanks were empty and they shut off because they ran out of fuel. Then I filled their tanks up with fresh gasoline that I had treated with PRI-G. Then I ran my generators for a while to make sure that the only fuel in the carburetor was treated fuel. Then I topped the tanks off again to hopefully prevent any water from accumulating in the gas while my generators are being stored.
If you would like to check out the PRI-G website, here’s a link to it: priproducts.com/retail-consumer/preparedness/.
Note: Be sure and check with your local authorities to find out exactly how much gasoline you are legally allowed to store where you live and how it must be stored.
I should also point out that I’m no small engine expert so it might be worth doing your own research as to the best way to store gasoline in your particular generator. You also might want to check the owners manual that came with it for any special instructions.