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Fuel - panic buying or prudence

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Fuel - panic buying or prudence

Having read this story http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9620022.UPDATED__Police_close_some_petrol_stations_as_motorist... I thought I would share my experience when going for my weekly shop this morning.
I passed 6 petrol stations - 2 had massive queues and the remainder were closed
I didn't even try to fill up as I had half a tank left
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

They are just following government advice Roll eyes
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The government says drivers should top up tanks with fuel, but "not panic".

Two stations I passed this morning were very busy, much more so than usual (I was on the bus Smiley).
I have 3/4 tank so am not worried yet.
I have a gallon container in my shed but that's for the lawn mower.
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I'm slightly concerned at the moment as I run my car from fall to empty and I'm approaching empty at the moment. I can remember the last time the drivers went on strike and I was 300 miles from home and stations were limiting the amount you could take and it was not enough to get home without refuelling again.
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And as for the Fuel minister
for a long time, it has been illegal to sell more than 2 gals of petrol into containers, the plastic variety are just 5 litre.
I do have in my garage two ex army jerry can, both empty, the hold just over  20 litre.
And there is a limit that you can store, certainly not 20 litre.
it is said that the ConDem idiot used to be a Fireman

Lots of East Anglia garages have run out of Fuel, I am due to go to Thetford on Sunday, round trip about 90 miles, hope I can get some
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I also have a 5 litre petrol container for the lawn mower but I won't be putting it in the car as, if they really clamp down, I won't be able to refill it and my cars have anti siphon traps
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

The more weight in the car the more fuel you use. For each motorist it will be a small amount, but add it up for all the millions who will now be keeping their cars full when they'd previously let it run down to 1/3 or 1/4 full I wonder how much it adds up to?
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

In fariness pierre, petrol is very dangerous stuff. Not only is it hard to extinguish but its also very explosive too.
I dread using a petrol can. Sure I do use them but I don't like it and I'd certainly feel very nervous about keeping a full can or two at home even if its in the shed. The only time I use a can is purely to get a emergency topup for the car if it won't start because I've run it so low (weirdly this always happens outside our home - it'll carry on for miles below the red line but as soon as its home it'll refuse to restart  Crazy).
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

Just out of interest unleaded prices in my area...
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Highest Price: 144.9p Lowest Price: 136.9p Average Price: 139.8p

Information from http://www.petrolprices.com/
Pence per litre: £136.9
Fuel type: Unleaded
VAT 27.38p
Duty 57.95p
Fuel Cost 51.57p
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I dread using a petrol can. Sure I do use them but I don't like it and I'd certainly feel very nervous about keeping a full can or two at home even if its in the shed.

You will enjoy camping with the use of petrol stoves and lights (petrol version of a tilley lamp)
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I've never been camping  Sad I've not lived half the life a lot of people do.
As for carrying gas stoves and bottles around, many insurers refuse to cover you carrying explosive gases in your car. I know Direct Lie don't cover it so I've never even looked at a gas BBQ for the same reason.
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@Sprite  What did I say that was much difference to you?
Another thing about storing fuel from my older working days.  Petrol used to have a certain amount of ingredients that formed over time a waxy deposit and could stop carburettors working
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

Another thing, you cant carry fuel in cans through the Chunnel
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If everyone fills up a few days before the strike it will probably give fuel retailers the chance to refill their storage tanks before the tanker driver strike actually starts. In that way the public can then probably last a week or so before needing to revisit the petrol station.
I don't see what the fuss is about storing petrol in a properly constructed steel jerrycan. I've one which is half full of leaded 4 star petrol. It's kept in a dry place, there is no sign of corrosion after several years.
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Isn't the advice to either have the can full or empty? Half full probably maximises it's explosive potential.
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Re: Fuel - panic buying or prudence

Correct Jelv