Monday, September 12, 2011

Fuel ~ What's on your list?

You need to have a section in your notebook on fuel.  Not just gas either.  You need to be thinking about all the fuels you might need in an emergency both short term and a long term situation.  What fuels do your appliances require?  Are you attached to a natural gas service? Do you know how to turn it off in an emergency situation?  How do you heat your home? How will you heat your home if the whole world goes sideways? When making fuel storage preparations, think about what types of fuels your emergency equipment will need, and prepare accordingly. The six most popular fuel sources to store are listed below.
  1. Firewood – This is the most basic of fuel sources, needs to be seasoned at least six months and is kept dry. Firewood is also the only fuel that has re-usable bi-products. Firewood can be make into charcoal, and its ashes used in the garden or compost pile.
  2. Gasoline –  will more than likely need a stabilizer
  3. Diesel fuel – This fuel lasts longer than gasoline and is more safe to store Two grades are available: #1 diesel which is old-fashioned yellow kerosene, and #2 diesel which is the same thing as #2 home heating oil.  Stored diesel fuel should be treated  Diesel should be filtered before use. ESPECIALLY BIO-DIESEL
  4. Kerosene – No special treatment is needed.
  5. Propane – Propane is widely available, easy to use, versatile and because it will last indefinitely. Propane is widely used in “off-grid” areas as an alternative to natural gas and electricity,
  6. Solar power – Harnessing the sun’s power ~ passive and active solar energy look it up.
 What would you do if the grid went down ~ for an extended period of time? Forever?  Think about it. Now make a plan and write it down.   



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