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16 Gallon Portable Water Drum

16 Gallon Portable Water Drum
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Every survivalist should consider some kind of portable water solution. Whether this is 5 gallon buckets, 7 gallon drum or like in this video, 16 gallon drum.

The drum in this video will hold 16 gallons of water, but I only put 15 gallons in it. This is to leave a little head room. These drums originally held some kind of Dr. Pepper syrup. But its nothing that some soap and water will not wash out.

When the drums were bought and brought home, dish washing soap was squirted into the drum, a water hose was inserted into the mouth and the water hose turned on. The water was allowed to circulate through the drum for 10 – 15 minutes. Then the drum was turned over, drained, stood back up and the water hose reinserted.

The water stored in these drums are used for hand washing and for general clean up. I do not consider this water drinkable.

Even though the drum is not rated for it, I use a couple of them for storing kerosene. Keep in mind petroleum products can break down polymers and plastics. However, kerosene has not affected the drums in anyway. With two drums filled with 15 gallons of kerosene gives me 30 gallons.  This would provide plenty of fuel for my kerosene lanterns.

When filled with water, each drum would weigh a little over 120 pounds. Though heavy, not unrealistic to move by hand. A dolly would help out a lot when having to move them.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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