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Storing Ethanol: The Desert

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  1. lexustech48

    lexustech48 RIP FoMoCo 1903-2014 Premium Member Established Member

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    So, Im just curious what you all think. Assume 2 55 gal plastic barrels of E98 or E85. How do you store Ethanol in a hot desert climate? Hot garage with little sunlight? Exterior enclosed shed to keep the whole house form going up if it ignites? Unfortunately, climate controlled isnt an option.

    Im a noobie, school me! Can it be done?
     
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    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

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    I wouldn't store that much fuel in my garage. I don't even like keeping a gas can in mine.
     
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    In for info. But my weather is oposite of that. Was thinking of making an insulated type of container to put it in to keep moisture out. Also a noob here.

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    Moisture won't be an issue in a sealed barrel. Pressure build-up in a hot environment could be a problem though.
     
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    I will be setting up Google news alert for "Arizona house explode E85 garage"
     
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    So as long as I have a good sealed pump & sitting on wood boards I would be ok? It's 6° right now so it's not that bad here in KS in winter. Our summers are hot but not too humid.

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  7. lexustech48

    lexustech48 RIP FoMoCo 1903-2014 Premium Member Established Member

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    LOL, thanks dude! Ill set you up for quick alerts and straight from the source reporting. Will not be fake news. Promise. :D
     
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    You'll need a pressure vent. Search for
    Aerovent Safety Drum Vent
     
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    When I was living in Utah I found a place that would bulk fill e98. Usually 5 - 55 gallon metal drums and several - 5 gallon cans. Stored those ****ers in a little tuff shed. Never had a problem.

    During summer months, I would check to make sure they were venting to be safe. Would also switch the pump out to a different barrel each use to keep from getting complacent or lazy about the whole venting thing.

    During winter I would honestly forget they existed. I also used a 250 gallon fuel tote more than once. I just left it on a trailer on the side of the house. Probably like 30 feet away from the structure.

    Might be a good idea to check local laws because I am pretty sure I was breaking at least a city ordinance or two having that much fuel on the property lol
     
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    lexustech48 RIP FoMoCo 1903-2014 Premium Member Established Member

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    I appreciate the reply blu! Thinking the toughshed idea too. Luckily its fairly dry out here in the desert, except for monsoon season. Although, I may not keep the car in kill mode. I might be able to store a few 5 gallon pails of E100 or E98 to blend to E85 and be fine for pulls in Mexico and nights at the track.

    Run on pump flex fuel tuned down if its just cruisin around the weekend.
     
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    Normally if you keep it in the shade (garage) it should be fine for months.

    I used to keep a 55 gal steel drum of c16 in my garage back in the early 2000’s.


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  12. blubyu87gt

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    No problem man! That's exactly what I did with the 98 in Utah. Blended it down to 85. I just found a potential source for 98 out here. Been working out a deal for personal level bulk pricing with them... After I get the motors into the cars I am probably going to pick up another 250 gallon tote to fill up. Mostly just for quality control on kill.

    It would get decently hot in the Salt Lake Valley and dry as hell (at least compared to this arm pit of SC) so I didnt really worry about moisture. I keep several cans and a single drum of e85 that I use throughout the winter here, since it drops content October-April at the pump. It's pretty cold so I haven't really worry about venting and I just left it all in the garage and haven't noticed any issues, even with moisture in this humidity. Actually haven't even used any of my stored fuel since I have both Mustangs engines on stands.
     
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    ground the drum and you will never have a problem.....its that simple
     

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