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Archive for the ‘Fuel storage’ Category


Blue 55 gallon drum

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Hey Jeff!

I want to store some kerosene. I have one of the standard blue 55 gallon drums you see everywhere. Is one of these safe for storing kerosene?


Dave Hubley

These are usually food and chemical grade drums and are pretty rugged. However, any fuel should be stored in a can or tank that is easy to identify and includes a pressure relief type vent. For example, anyone who sees a red gas tank knows it most likely contains gasoline. Anyone who sees a yellow gas tank knows this is diesel fuel. I do not think a blue tank would convey that it contained any type of fuel, and these usually have screw-on lids that would not allow for release of vapors when the temperature increases.

I would do this for these reasons.

Good luck,

Jeff Yago



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