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I have a couple of 20 litre deisel containers in my shed.
Does any one know how long can I keep my deisel in the container before it starts to go off.
Also what kind of additive can I add to extend its life. Any brand names etc.
Diesel does degraded but not as rapidly/much as petrol as as it is a lot less volatile.
How long - its one of the piece of string answers. It depends on temp, moisture, algal growth and other potential contaminants.
Plus the heavy particulates will settle out over time.
As for the additives - most auto factors sell something.
As a rule I try to cycle my reserves every 12 months but I have heard diesel being used successfully after 6 or more years. Just make sure the containers are clean, air and water-tight and keep them as full as possible to discourage condensation. I can't recommend any additives but a search for 'fuel stabilisers' and 'diesel biocides' may help.
I wish I could make a 20l can last unused for more than a month! :lol: I've been havin power issues recently (cold weather and batteries don't work well together), so I've been running my workshop off the genny quite a bit and it's starting to get through a lot of diesel :(
How to store diesel fuel:
many thanks, a very informative Blog.
hi, i have used diesel thats 3+ years old it worked, but lost a bit of its power. what i have found out is if you use 2 stroke oil min or sin at 200 to 1 in your deisel ie 125ml to 25L of fuel or 250ml to 50L of fuel it runs much beter 3/4miles more to the gallon, more power, reduction in smoke when the hammers down. my old shed is a 300tdi defender 105,000miles best thing ive done for the old girl. all the best carl