A while back, I wrote about Jerry Cans and how valuable they are for storing and transporting liquids.  The article focused on fuel storage, but Jerry Cans are also a great way to store water and other valuable liquids.  Because the contents are important, it is crucial that you purchase high-quality, durable containers that will last for years and be ready when you need them.  The good news is, you can now buy new, all-steel, NATO-spec Jerry Cans through Smart Suburban Survival.

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Over the last few weeks I’ve spent time swinging an axe, using a wedge, and wielding a hatchet while chopping wood.

Firewood

The reason is simple, I wanted to have enough firewood and kindling for the winter.  After all, having an ample supply of wood on hand is a good practice for anyone with a fireplace.  So I spent two out of the past three weekends splitting, hauling, and stacking the wood I need.

Besides the aesthetics of using a fireplace, there are some practical uses for it during an emergency.  If electricity or natural gas supplies are interrupted, the fireplace can keep your house warm.  It can also serve as a means to prepare food when the power is out.  Plus, it is a good central gathering place for when the lights are out during a winter storm.  That’s why for centuries the fireplace has occupied a central position in the home.

There is also a practical reason to spend time getting firewood.  I spend several hours outside in the fresh air getting the wood ready.  Not only is this good exercise but its a good connection between work and result.  One appreciates the work that goes into a good fire more when your own sweat helped make it happen.  Its a primal activity that remains a valuable skill today.

When things go wrong, you don’t want your vehicle’s fuel gauge to look like this.  Its a good idea to keep your fuel tank half full for a number of good reasons.

During an emergency, you may not be able to refuel when you need to.  This could be due to a power outage, fuel shortage, civil unrest, or other factors.  Also, if an evacuation is called for (ex. hurricane), you want to have enough fuel to get out of town and on your way to safety.  That’s why many knowledgeable experts recommend you keep your fuel tank half full.  Sure, it means more frequent trips to the gas station but its a small price to pay for being more resilient.

Listen, I am guilty of letting my tank get down to the last gallon or two so this is one piece of advice that I am implementing myself.  My suggestion is that you start doing this now in order to save yourself from running out during an emergency.

A couple of years ago I purchased a small Worthington Industries propane tank, which has turned into a great purchase.

Initially I purchased it for camping trips.  Since I camp several times a year, I thought it would be a good idea to have a pony cylinder rather than the small, disposable ones most people use.  One of these tanks will usually last me a season’s worth of camping and ensures that I never run out of fuel.

The bonus is, having an extra propane cylinder really comes in handy around the house too!

Case in point, my sister’s BBQ grill.  A few months back, she ran out of fuel while cooking some ribs for a family meal we were having over at her place.  She called me in a panic and I said that I would bring my tank over right away.  In a few minutes, she was back to grilling and the dinner was only delayed slightly.  There have also been a few times when I started running low on fuel on my grill and swapped out the large tank with the small one.

Preparation is not just for disasters and calamities, being ready can get you out of a tight spot in normal situations too.  Having the right tools or extra supplies on-hand makes life easier and minimizes the impact of interruptions.  So if you already have a propane cylinder around the house, consider purchasing another, smaller one to have as a back up.  It will come in handy more often than you think.

Bonus:  Here is a good article on when you should replace your propane tank.

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Its a good idea to have some extra fuel on-hand for when the need arises.  Automobiles, chainsaws, generators, motorcycles, ATV/UTVs, tractors, and anything else with an internal combustion engine needs fuel.  If there is an emergency, chances are your local gas station will;  be out of fuel, be unable to pump fuel, or have very long lines of people waiting to get fuel.  So its better to get some extra fuel BEFORE you need it.

But how do you safely store and dispense fuel at your home?  Two words dear reader “Jerry Cans.”

These 20-liter German-designed containers have become the de facto standard for militaries and off-road enthusiasts for decades.  They are easy to handle, can quickly dispense their contents, and are VERY rugged.  If you have a moment, read up on the history of this utilitarian marvel.

So what kind of Jerry Cans should you buy?  Well, one of my college roommates has done all the research and written a very thorough article on the subject.  You can click here to find the post, it will well worth your time and will help you make the right purchasing decision.  After you have read the article, purchase some Jerry Cans and fill them up with the fuel you will need in an emergency.

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