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Re: Kicking myself...AGAIN!

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Don't put fuel in the shelter.  If you keep a generator or chainsaw in there, you can have the 2 cycle oil inside, but either drain the fuel, or run the tanks dry.  Tornadoes produce great pressure varaiations and winds, and can volotize fuel in the tank, and fill the shelter with vapors.

To store fuel, dig a hole and bury a 5 gallon bucket to ground level, and you can fit I believe a 2 gallon gas can in there.  If it has a screw on, or snap-on lid, put it ideally in the corner of an open front shed, so that it won't get rained on, but so any vapors won't be trapped.  Be sure to refill with fresh gas.  Using this can to fill a lawn mower, and re-filling now and again is how I do it.  My wife actually prefers it this way, as we have extra gas handy for her, by where we keep the mower (she does the mowing) and I just refill the jug when she empties it.  I've seen tornadoes suck gas, and even oil out of irrigation engines, but a gas can at the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket buried in the ground is surprisingly quite secure.  Drill a couple holes in the bottom of the bucket so any water that gets in can drain.


I see you mentioned an inverter.  If you don't think you'd need the sustained power of a generator, what about something like this:


It is a 600 amp booster pack, like the mechanics all use nowadays for jump starting cars instead of using booster cables.

However, this one includes:
An air compressor,

110volt outlets w/ 400A capacity

am/fm radio

LED emergency light.


Heck, I might even get one for myself, @ just over $100, with free shipping.  Didn't realize that the prices for them had come down so much lately.




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