Do you have your emergency generators ready for firing at any time? Whether it is a power grid malfunction or a natural disaster, preppers rely on generators for power. We already covered the subject of why you should have more than one generator. Also, we talked about how to repair your generator. In this post, we discuss one serious mistake that you should avoid as a beginner. You might want to have your generator ready to go if there is a blackout, so you will leave the tank full. But this is where you should stop. Leaving the gas for a long time is a significant and costly mistake. Also, we discuss why!
Why you shouldn’t store your generator with gas in the tank
You might want to have the tank filled and ready for an emergency. But, keep in mind that the gasoline shouldn’t stay there for a longer time. Storing a generator with old gas in the tank is a big mistake that will result in a malfunction. The old gas will thicken and turn into a sludgy substance that will clog the carburetor. When you need to turn the generator on in an emergency, you will find out that it won’t work. According to technicians, old fuel is the number one cause of problems such as stalling.
How to store your generator properly
You are advised not to leave old gas inside the tank for long-term storage. There are two ways to solve this:
- Store the generator with the tank empty. You can run the engine until empty, but this isn’t the most efficient solution as you don’t want to burn excess gasoline. It is better that you drain the fuel according to the user’s manual. Wait until the engine is completely cool before you start draining. Make sure that you do this in a well-ventilated area, away from potential sources of sparks.
- Use a special fuel stabilizer to prevent corrosion of the fuel system. But, keep in mind that stabilizers only work for a limited time. You will need to change the gas every six months.
Storing the gas
Every prepper has stored gas in the case of an emergency. However, be careful with how you store it. Keep the gasoline in approved containers in a well-ventilated area away from your home. Leaving gas canisters under direct sun exposure can be dangerous. Keep them in a detached shed or a garage, away from any source of heat. To expand the shelf life, store in a dry and cool place.
Static electricity can be a big problem, so don’t store the gasoline on a surface that can create static, such as a carpet. Also, you need to check the pressure from time to time. If the cans appear inflated, you need to open the cap to release the fumes.
Also, don’t forget to add a fuel stabilizer. When refueling, be very careful. Let it cool down completely, as spilling fuel on a hot engine can cause a fire.