In a message dated 7/11/2006 12:37:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
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I pay enough for gas as it is without some critter
eating up what is left!

Gasoline becomes rancid if stored for a considerable length of time. I'm very 
familiar with the characteristic smell from abandoned cars and 55 gallon 
drums. You need to add a preservative if you plan to store gasoline for several 

I've just been cleaning out an abandoned basement full of junk. There seems 
to be nothing that won't be recycled by the organisms in a damp dark place. 
Even plastics are attacked and the acids produced will turn the metal parts into 
piles of colorful oxides by electrolysis.

Control of humidity is the most important part of a storage facility. The 
cold of the arctic or the heat of the desert are fine if it is dry enough.

Mike Csontos