Are you tired of lifting 5 gallon cans, and spilling fuel all over your new tractor? I feel your pain. When I first got my tractor, I quickly decided that I was not going to cart fuel to it in 5 gallon plastic cans.
However, having just spent 5 years worth of playtime budget, the finance committee (Christy) was in no mood to approve a large expense for fuel storage. So, it was time to cobble something together.
I started with a phone call to my brother asking if the farm had a used 55 gallon oil drum in decent enough condition to store diesel fuel. He started with a used 15w-40 engine oil container. He cleaned it up by rinsing it repeatedly with diesel.
Once cleaned up, I washed the oil off the outside of it and painted it yellow to signify diesel fuel. (I have yet to get a DOT sticker with the same indication).
The two bung holes in the 55 gallon drum came in very handy. The larger bung-hole is used for my hand pump. Use the amazon link to the right to see (and/or purchase) the pump I have.
I’ve made a few changes to the solution as time progresses, and I will continue to make modifications as time and money permit. For instance, my next modification will likely be a filter just after the hand pump as a bit of an insurance policy against dirty fuel, or dirt in my fuel barrel.
The video below provides an overview of the entire process I use to refill my fuel container. I hope you’ll find it helpful as you think about how to improve your fuel storage solution.
One of our viewers pointed out that Paul Short had put together a video on his fuel storage solution. I watched it…again AFTER we had published our video. It is surprising how close our solution is to his. He chose a 110v electric pump. I wanted the simplicity of a hand powered pump (it cranks easily, and doesn’t take much to fill up the tractor). He has a dolly to roll his barrel around. I’m going to link his video here as well so that you can see another similar example.