Gas Pumping Tips

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by antler3, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. antler3

    antler3 Well-Known Member

    A friend shared this with me, I believe it would help you save on gas too.

    Tricks to get your money's worth

    I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline....Here in California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon.

    Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

    Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

    When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

    One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

    Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

    Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.

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  2. ronpip

    ronpip Well-Known Member

    Thanks Antler, I knew about the first and fourth tips but the other two were eye openers.

  3. flintknapper

    flintknapper Moderator/smokepole pimp

    That opened my eyes. What about condensation in the supply tanks at the gas station? Seems like I remember Easy-Mart employees taking a calibrated wooden pole, and they dipped that into the tanks every morning to read how much water was settled in the bottom of the tank. I even asked one of the store managers once, she told me thaty had to keep track of the water level, and when it got so high they had to have it pumped out(!)

    A whole lot of easy-marts went under, too. with the floating lid thing you described, condensation should be impossible. Point being if there is water in the bottom of the tanks, you don't want to fill up when the supply truck is there stirring it up!
  4. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    There screwing everyone on the fuel.:censored: :censored: :soapbox: :banghead:
  5. John Stiles

    John Stiles Ultimate Member 2007 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    You'll save even more if you shut the dang motor off while you're pumping especially if you are pumping slow like the tip says! Just don't make eye contact with the serial killer waiting behind you to fill up!:eek: :smack:
  6. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    Maybe he will try to kill me during Duck Season that way I'lll be able to fire back with my 870. LOL.
  7. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    Too late Buckshot, duck seasons over! :eek:
  8. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    yea went out Sunday. So that means I will see the serial killer this week!
  9. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    Yea if you get gas at the quickcheck you might just see one there.:biggrin:
  10. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    Very good possibilty!
  11. Arkie_3_fan

    Arkie_3_fan Well-Known Member

    Squirrel season lasts till the end of Feb.... so you still have an excuse to carry around your 870. :thumb:
  12. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    Yea, I'll just have to take it out for school everyday. If I got caught with it at school?:banghead: :dead:
  13. JR

    JR Moderator<br>Campfire<br>General Hunting Topics<br

    Yep Sanchez is watching you. :biggrin:
  14. BUCKSHOT_106

    BUCKSHOT_106 Well-Known Member

    TOO CLOSE SOMETIMES!:whistle: :giveup:
  15. retnuhreed

    retnuhreed Well-Known Member

    Thank ya for the info. Any tips on how to get free gas?
  16. John Stiles

    John Stiles Ultimate Member 2007 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    Eat lots and lots of navy JR and BUCKSHOT_106:fit:
  17. retnuhreed

    retnuhreed Well-Known Member

    I'll try that. :lol:
  18. John Stiles

    John Stiles Ultimate Member 2007 Team Turkey Contest Winner

    you gonna bust a gut:eek:
  19. retnuhreed

    retnuhreed Well-Known Member

    You'll have that. :thumb: