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Fuel supply on the farm

Who's got an inexpensive simple way to store 100-500 gallons of diesel for tractors & trucks?

Any pictures or suggestions? I'd like to build a simple cheap, above ground fuel storage system for fueling trucks & tractors at my new place, hopefully with an electric pump rather than hand crank. I'm almost 5 miles from the nearest diesel fuel supply. Before there was 3-4 fuel stops within 2 miles.

I've looked at fuel tanks on skids with hand cranks, but what's inside of them makes me nervous (water, trash, etc.) about some of the sensitive fuel systems I have in my stuff.
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If you talk with some fuel suppliers, most will give you a tank if you buy the fuel from them.

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We have a 300 gallon fuel tank with an electric pump mounted on a 16 foot bumper trailer. We bought the tank and pump from our fuel supplier and used an old trailer. I have heard and seen some people take old propane tanks for the house and convert them to diesel tanks.

We used take some 55 gallon plastic barrels that was clean and used them to take diesel to the tractors but had a hand pump. That worked good until we started to need more fuel than what the barrels could carry.

If you use red dyed diesel for the tractors then you will need two different tanks for you trucks and tractors. That way you can be sure not to getting any dyed fuel in your truck and won't be fined if caught.
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Depending on prices, I may get 2 tanks one for red one for over TR.
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they make the 330 gallon totes, pallet sized, prety heavy plastic walled, ball joint bottom, simple gravity feed simple setup would be easy.......... set tote up empty high, then have it filled by delivery truck, simple hoze on off nozzle with the ball valve as a backup.

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Those totes are cheap - $75-$125 each in my area.

Of course, Wayne does have a point. Contact your local distributor as I'll bet they make you a deal.


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The fuel suppliers have them around here as well, I think there is a rental charge for them, but you may be about to get a "deal" if you talk with them.

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Here there is a demerage ( rental ) if it is not filled often, if it is on the ground it needs a spill containment system. More than a single pallet tank needs a Hazmat endorsement on a CDL and placards on the road.

A common system is a 500 or 1000 tank on a stand with a cinder block tank surrounding it with a spring load 1/4 turn valve to an automatic nozzle.

Another is a 12v pump on a tank inside a cinder block tank. A plug is on all the stuff that is supposed to fill from it.

The tanks are not installed level but are 1-2 in out of level so the water and trash collect away from the dispensing connection. A dip tube to the bottom of the heel makes sampling for water simple, or fuel polishing with a pump and filter.


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We use 1000 gallons every two weeks or so and the local fuel company set us up for free. Metal containment wall and all!

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I drove down the lane to the property yesterday and noticed I'll have a neighbor with a IH backhoe, Ford diesel pickup and a IH farm tractor. He has 2 above ground skid tanks right next to his driveway not 100' from his garage and no containment system. Very visible from the road. This blows my mind because the township is VERY strict on building/zoning codes.

In all honesty, with work being slow, I might only go thru 300 gallons/month-maybe even less. I want it more for the fact that there's no diesel available within 5 miles of the property. Think it's worth it? I am a confessed "survivalist" and prefer to have my own fuel supply for when the plus it just feels more like my old shop. I will also be installing my own N.G. backup generator.

My shop will be in back corner of property fairly close to neighbor. I can't put the tank in the air. Just too over the top for the neighbors. Gotta keep it low key. Too bad tanks can't still be buried. That would be perfect.

I found a 300G skid tank with hand crank Gasboy for $500. Seems high and who knows what junk is in that thing. I called one delivery company and they do not rent tanks.

Thanks guys. Keep the suggestions coming.

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