I realize how much I love the Moeller Primer Bulb every time I use it to transfer fuel from my gas cans to my truck. Here’s a video of how it’s used.
It’s a good idea to keep some extra fuel around in case there’s a situation where you can’t simply buy some at the gas station. Remember Hurricane Sandy? There were pictures and videos of people walking around with gas cans trying to find fuel to run their generators. Seriously? You have an expensive generator, but no fuel to run the thing?
So, what is a good way to store fuel so it’s there if you need it? Here’s what I do:
Each month, buy a 5 gallon gas can. I have found the cheapest gas cans at Walmart for about $12-$13 when they’re on sale. If I had an Amazon recommendation for you I’d share it, but Walmart seems to be the cheapest. And don’t worry about the quality of the cans so much. As long as they seal tight, you’re good. You can get $50 NATO 5-gallon Jerry cans if you want, but these cans will just be sitting in storage. They really won’t be tossed into the backs of pickups and rolled around, etc.
Fill that gas can at the gas station. Label it according to what month you filled it. For example, if you fill you first gas can in February, take a Sharpie and write “FEB” or “2” on it so that you keep track of when you filled them.
Each month, do the same thing: buy a can, fill it, label it. If you do this for a whole year, you’ll have twelve 5-gallon cans, or 60 gallons of fuel. Store the cans in a safe place, of course, like a garage or a shed. I wouldn’t keep these on your balcony if you live in a condo.
When you get to the month that you started (February in this example), simply take the gas can, pour that fuel into your vehicle, and fill the can back up at the gas station. Do this each month.
The beauty of this is that you won’t spend any extra money for the fuel that is stored after the first year. The 5 gallons that you refilled the gas can with would have just went into your vehicle anyway.
It’s a good idea to add some fuel stabilizer to make sure your fuel doesn’t go bad. If you only have 12 cans and you cycle through them each month you’ll probably be fine. But I like to give myself a little insurance and add some Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer.
On Amazon it’s $10.50 for 32 ounces of this stuff delivered in 2 days with Free Prime Shipping – that’s an awesome deal. You only need 2 ounces per 5-gallon can of gasoline, so one bottle of Sta-Bil will last quite a while.
To make the process of transferring your fuel from the gas can to the vehicle much easier, I recommend you read this post on how I do it. It will make the job much simpler and if it’s simple, you’ll do it. If it’s a pain, you won’t.
I keep an emergency supply of gasoline at the house “just in case”. Right now I have six 5-gallon gas cans. I will have 12 cans eventually – one for each month.
Each month I take one of the cans and pour it into my truck, then fill it back up when I go to the gas station. It costs me no extra money. I would have gotten that 5 gallons from the gas station anyway. Read my Emergency Fuel Storage post for more on my storage system.
I got really tired of trying to use the new EPA approved spouts on the new gas cans. Have you seen these things? They are worthless and you spill a lot of gas. So much for being good for the environment. I ended up just using a funnel, but that was a pain too.
There are cheaper primer bulbs out there but based on reviews, I just thought a few extra bucks was worth it for this item.
You will need to buy some 3/8″ fuel line and 2 small clamps as well ($10 or so). I would just get these at your local hardware store. I got 6 feet of fuel line and cut 2 feet off. The short piece is attached to the inlet side of the primer bulb and the long piece is attached to the outlet side. Put a clamp on each line to secure them to the primer bulb and you’re done. It took me about 2 minutes to do this, if that.
It works like this: stick the short end of the fuel line into the gas can. Stick the long end into the gas tank of your vehicle. Squeeze the primer bulb a few times and it primes the fuel line so the fuel will just gravity feed into you gas tank. Your gas can has to be above your gas tank, of course. I’ll post of video of me doing this soon.
This works awesome! No more spilled gas or trying to hold 5 gallons of fuel while pouring it into a funnel. I just prime it and when the fuel starts to flow I walk away and do something else. When I come back later – done. And no mess.
“Oh shit, he’s gonna push products on us now….LOL”. No. If you’ve seen my posts, I really haven’t “pushed” anything. If I have a product link in a post to Amazon, yeah it’s an affiliate link. And you don’t pay any more for it if you decide to click and buy this item than you would if you found it yourself, so why not? Every penny helps support the birds.
I will not post a product review of ANYTHING that I have not tried and used myself. If I try something that is garbage, I’ll share that too.
And a lot of this won’t even be quail related, but my guess is that anyone raising quail for meat and eggs will understand.
If you are like me, you are prepared for sudden losses of power, communication, food distribution, etc. – like from a hurricane, an ice storm, a tornado, an earthquake, a forest fire, etc. We all live in areas that are vulnerable to some sort of short term (and maybe long term) disturbances that can make life difficult or at least uncomfortable.
If you are not prepared for these things, you should be. I’m not talking about building an underground bunker that can withstand an EMP blowing up the entire power grid of the United States, a global pandemic killing 90% of the population or storing 20 years worth of MREs. That crap is for the “Doomsday Prepper” bullshit reality shows on TV. What garbage!
Look. I live at high elevation in the mountains and have had 7 foot snowstorms that socked me into my house for 7 days with no chance of getting anywhere on foot or by vehicle and -50 (50 below zero F) spells that last for days. It’s September right now and I have been going crazy building my firewood stack so I am SURE that we have enough wood to get through the winter comfortably. And by “comfortably” I mean that we have more than we need, just in case.
Does that mean that I’m a “crazy prepper”? I think not. It means that I am a responsible husband and father that wants to ensure that his family is safe and comfortable.
Being prepared for other things just in case of an emergency is vital as well.
Anyway, I’m rambling. I just thought that I’d show you guys some things that I am using around our place to make our lives easier and some “just in case” products. Some quail stuff too.