Kerosene Fuel Storage

Blue Containers

Most people suggest that kerosene be put in blue containers. That way, it is easy to keep it separate from gasoline containers. You do not want to accidentally put gasoline into your kerosene stove or heater. It could cause a fire or explosion and that would be bad. The blue container should also be clearly marked as holding kerosene.

Types of Containers

The fuel should also be put into proper containers. Most people choose a five gallon container because it is a good size for portability. Some of the containers are metal and some are plastic. However, not all plastic containers are suitable for kerosene. In fact, many plastic containers will degrade the kerosene, in as little as, two weeks. To be safe, you can always use a metal container. That way, you can be sure that you have the right kind of container.

Sizes of Containers

Some people will opt for a much larger container. They may want several hundred gallons that will last the entire winter. Many of these large containers are stored outdoors, for both safety and convenience. You can use a pump to bring the fuel into the home or gravity feed can also work if the height requirements are correct. One popular method is to put the storage tank, in the basement, and use a pump to bring it upstairs.


Sunlight and excessive heat will break down the kerosene. The fuel should be kept close to room temperature and away from sunlight.

How Long Should Kerosene be Stored

It is suggested that you keep the kerosene for one year and then replace it. This may not be feasible for disaster prepardness because the goals are slightly different than everyday usage. In a disaster, you simply need to survive. Old kerosene will burn, you will just have more problems to deal with. It is a good idea to replace the fuel, but don't be too worried if it doesn't fit into your disaster plan.