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Anyone else haul their own fuel for heat?

I started this year, after I bought the pick-up (hard to haul fuel in an SUV). It saves money for me. I am already in town every day so travel costs are effectively nil, and the .25 cents (I have seen it as much as .40 cents cheaper) a gallon saved makes it worth it.

At first, I used 55 gallon drums but recently moved up to an IBC tote (300~ gallon capacity). I have not filled it up yet. I thought 2300+ lbs may be a little much for a 3/4 ton, at least for mine.

The first trip with the IBC was 200 gallons. I was already doing 160+ with the 55 gallon drums. The last trip was 250 (about 1850lbs). Honestly the truck didn't get ****y about the weight at all. It sat level (maybe just a tad low on the back end) and the tires looked fine. If anything, it is the sloshing. I think I have to go ahead and fill it up to the 300-330 gallon capacity, or get a smaller IBC tote.

I plan to load the IBC up and take the truck to be weighed. However, my guess bestimate is filling it will put it just under or over the GVWR, depending on if it is closer to 300 (2250lbs) or 330 (2475lbs) gallons full. The tote is an extra 150-175 lbs. All of this is still under the max, but when you add me, the fuel for the truck, and all the crap I carry, it adds up.

The hand pump got old real fast. So a few months back I bought a 12vdc pump, which is really nice. The hose had to be replaced (for an arctic grade) and the nozzle was a piece of crap. It leaked almost from the get-go. So I went and spent $80.00 on a better nozzle.

All told, I have about $800.00 in this set-up. Seems like a lot, but considering we go through about 3000 gallons of fuel a year and save at least .25 cents a gallon doing this, it is just about paid for in the first year.
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I get mine delivered but don't use too much. Thanks for the
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Yes, you don't want to drive around with a liquid tank that is partially full. The storage tanks should be completely full or completely empty. I work as firefighter and Fire departments operate their water tanker trucks that way. The sloshing liquid can make your vehicle tip, take longer to stop, and adversely affect handling just do to the sloshing you mentioned. Liquids are also very heavy so that is a lot of weight that is moving around.
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Put it on a trailer and pull it instead...
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I get mine delivered but don't use too much. Thanks for the information. I'll let some friends know about the savings.
My last trip to the bulk plant, I paid $2.49 a gallon (#2 fuel oil).

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Put it on a trailer and pull it instead...
Yah, I thought about that. I talked to a couple of people I saw at the bulk plant who also used the IBC totes. They all agreed the trailer thing, in the winter anyway, was maybe not the best idea. One old timer I talked to about it said he did it once last winter and it was an "interesting endeavor" that ranked right up there with his first marriage.

Still, it is in the back of my mind. I have an old 3/4T pickup that I could convert to a trailer. An axel I could use that would bolt on, handle the weight and has electric brakes. It would be great for the summer anyway.

This whole thing has got me on kind of a kick. Last time I was there I found out I could get road diesel and even unleaded in bulk (100 gallons and up) for less than the gas station prices. I am considering a 3 or 500 gallon tank for road diesel. Maybe more. That is a minute or two down the road though.
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Don't listen to your buddies. Pulling a small trailer like that in the winter is not that big a deal. It would be nice to have brakes on it though. The trailer option is probably safer than overloading your truck. Besides, people pull much larger trailers all the time.
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