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Michael Saathoff
#1 Posted: 4/13/2010 11:24:32


I'm in the process of restoring a Stits Playmate...http://stitsplaymate.blogspot.com anyway, since it's a folding wing model I intend to store it in my shop.  Rather than pay a premium price for fuel, I recently purchased a 300 Gal fuel tank that I'd like to setup to refuel my plane at home before trailering it to the airport.  I found a reasonably good shape farm tank that had diesel and would like to convert it to gas however, I don't seem to be able to find any good documentation on things like how it should be vented and whether you place it level or slightly tilted?  How do you avoid getting water in the tank? Anyway, I was wondering if anyone could point me to some practical reading on the subject.  I'm not interested in a long list of regulations but, rather the practical steps to keep a safe bulk fuel tank.  Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,


Mike Saathoff



Michael Johnson
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#2 Posted: 4/15/2010 16:39:00

Hello Mike

Most farmers have them and they could show you first hand how to set it up. Another option is to go visit a local farmers co-op, them people eat and sleep farming so something like this is pretty simple. Both of these are good options and should get you on your way. Farmers co-ops also sell the materials you need along with the chain of stores called Farm-and-Fleet, Fleet Farm, and tractor supply. I wouldn't get advice from the sales clerks but they have everything you need to build a good system.

Start with a visit to the local farmer


Kevin Slezewski
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#3 Posted: 4/16/2010 06:28:55

A few suggestions...

You can either build/buy a stand to position the tank in the air for gravity feed, or set on the ground and use an electric pump.  These pumps are available at some of the farm supply stores.  You can also mount it to a trailer and make it a mobile fueler!

Painting white is beneficial in keeping temperatures from varying too much which helps reduce condensation.

Install a filter to remove any sediment.

Don't forget a grounding cable...Farmers don't usually bother with that.

Hope this helps!!

Kevin Slezewski aka "SLEZ" www.crispycedars.com
Jim Heffelfinger
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#4 Posted: 4/16/2010 10:17:24


I am assuming you are going to use MoGas  ( 91 Unleaded)  and buying from the pumps. You might look into the many problems of storing fuel with alcohol additive.  There is a water content/octane change with storage over 3 months.   See threads in the UL section on E10 fuel. 

If 100LL then your worries are lower. 



search this site for other issues around E10 fuel.  BTW - all states now have at least 5% many 10%.


Nick Myers
#5 Posted: 5/19/2010 11:11:04

Have you checked out www.PortableFuelSystems.com?  It's not a perminant installation, but an easy way to get the gas from the gas station to your house and store it.