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I'll be honest. I started digging a hole because I had it in mind that it would be a good idea to have extra fuel on hand (I already have a few 5 gallon containers in the garage).

But would it be better to bury or store another type of item or items? I don't have a lot of property in which to dig numerous or larger holes. So when I do bury something it has to be well thought out. Gasoline first came to mind because in the event a crisis occurs, the need for gas will become very important. But then I read that gasoline is hard to maintain even if an additive such as Stabil or Pri-G is added. I really want to have extra fuel on hand but opinions seem to differ on the danger of keeping a certain amount available. I'm aware that each city has different restrictions on the amount of gasoline that can be kept at a person's house. I don't have an out-building or shed, just a garage.

Food also came to mind, as well as ammo. Others suggest putting a mixture of things from rope, fire starters, guns, etc. I'm at an impasse. I'd love for people to weigh in.

Another thought was to rent storage space. Does anyone have any insight on the upsides of renting space at a storage facility?
 

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Gasoline actually keeps better than most people think. But I wouldn't bury any. Since you've already got a few 5 gallon containers in the garage, just rotate them out every 3 or 4 months (or less) by filling your car & refilling the cans. You won't need stabilizer that way. I've used gas out of 5 gal. plastic cans that was a year old with no problems. As long as you're careful with your cans & what you do around them, you should be fine, safety-wise.
Why are you wanting to bury things? That will play a big role in determining what & where you should do. There are several articles/postings on here about cache tubes & such as well as plenty of you-tube videos on the subject. Have you looked at any of that?
 

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The previous owner of my property was killed here about 20 years ago. She was kind of a prepper and didn't trust banks and was rumored have a lot of stuff buried somewhere in the area. So far the only thing that I've found were some core samples that showed a lot of visible gold. Now if I could just find her stash or her mine........ I guess the moral of this story is that if your going to bury something valuable let someone you trust know where its buried.
 
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Gasoline actually keeps better than most people think. But I wouldn't bury any. Since you've already got a few 5 gallon containers in the garage, just rotate them out every 3 or 4 months (or less) by filling your car & refilling the cans. You won't need stabilizer that way. I've used gas out of 5 gal. plastic cans that was a year old with no problems. As long as you're careful with your cans & what you do around them, you should be fine, safety-wise.
Why are you wanting to bury things? That will play a big role in determining what & where you should do. There are several articles/postings on here about cache tubes & such as well as plenty of you-tube videos on the subject. Have you looked at any of that?
I haven't looked on here regarding caching items but I have googled a few existing articles. I guess it just seems as though many preppers recommend keeping a few supplies somewhere else. But I agree that the potential situation which would cause the need for a cache is in itself very important. But that's the conundrum: I don't have a crystal ball. So who knows what set of events might occur to warrant the need for a stash somewhere. Would a stash even help if I was forced to leave my house? Maybe the government confiscating my food and weapons? I just don't know. But I've always had a prepared mindset and I'm just trying to figure out how I might apply it should some crisis occur. I like to have backups for things in general
 

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are you prepping alone? or do you prep for the family?
none of us here have that crystal ball,which would be nice..but if you do bury something,think along the same guidelines as you would with your BOB, it has to be something useful.
but do go through what's written here about it,you'll propably find info you need and work onwards from there.
 

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I think that how you bury something is at least as important as what you bury. Moisture will ruin most things, so a multi layered container is important. It would suck to need what you stashed, and then find its ruined. I also think burying things is just one way to hide a stash. There are some threads on hiding things in plain sight. Like in furniture or behind drywall etc.
 

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Another thought was to rent storage space. Does anyone have any insight on the upsides of renting space at a storage facility?
Storage facilities are easy targets in a pre/post shtf plus to close to the masses, the whole idea is not go through the gauntlet to get to your supplies, in many situations you may be on foot. Large caches should be up away from the masses not in targeted areas ;)
 

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I haven't looked on here regarding caching items but I have googled a few existing articles. I guess it just seems as though many preppers recommend keeping a few supplies somewhere else. But I agree that the potential situation which would cause the need for a cache is in itself very important. But that's the conundrum: I don't have a crystal ball. So who knows what set of events might occur to warrant the need for a stash somewhere. Would a stash even help if I was forced to leave my house? Maybe the government confiscating my food and weapons? I just don't know. But I've always had a prepared mindset and I'm just trying to figure out how I might apply it should some crisis occur. I like to have backups for things in general
This is what I am using and a list of items I have placed in one of the canisters

http://doomsdayprepperforums.com/index.php?threads/our-i-n-c-h-bags-content.6037/page-2#post-79832

http://doomsdayprepperforums.com/in...weeks-preps-check-in.2093/page-110#post-77287
 

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In Michigan the temps haven't risen about freezing all week. Anything buried would be a pain in the azz to dig up since the ground has frozen hard as a rock.
Yes, but it would nice to know you have something you can dig up even if it required some work....and you can always find a place next to an old fallen tree, dig a hole and use the tree as cover versus covering with a lot of dirt that would freeze up and make it harder to get to....
 

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In Michigan the temps haven't risen about freezing all week. Anything buried would be a pain in the azz to dig up since the ground has frozen hard as a rock.
By caches you should read it as CONCEALED Supplies not Buried supplies. people cache kit all over, In the office, in the workshop, in rental storage at relatives homes, in vehicles, down manholes, In attics, hidden up trees (evergreens), down old wells etc. Inuit and other ice bound northerners often dig holes and put a board over the hole rather than fill it in.
 

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I'll be honest. I started digging a hole because I had it in mind that it would be a good idea to have extra fuel on hand (I already have a few 5 gallon containers in the garage).

But would it be better to bury or store another type of item or items? I don't have a lot of property in which to dig numerous or larger holes. So when I do bury something it has to be well thought out. Gasoline first came to mind because in the event a crisis occurs, the need for gas will become very important. But then I read that gasoline is hard to maintain even if an additive such as Stabil or Pri-G is added. I really want to have extra fuel on hand but opinions seem to differ on the danger of keeping a certain amount available. I'm aware that each city has different restrictions on the amount of gasoline that can be kept at a person's house. I don't have an out-building or shed, just a garage.

Food also came to mind, as well as ammo. Others suggest putting a mixture of things from rope, fire starters, guns, etc. I'm at an impasse. I'd love for people to weigh in.

Another thought was to rent storage space. Does anyone have any insight on the upsides of renting space at a storage facility?
I really do not like the idea of burying anything,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but if I was going to do it I would buy and bury a 20ft shipping container in a high and dry hillside and then I could hide anything that I wanted to,,,ammo,water, food, fuel an ATV ,,,,and a roto tiller for the garden seed for planting,,,the list of things you may need is endless
 

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I really do not like the idea of burying anything,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but if I was going to do it I would buy and bury a 20ft shipping container in a high and dry hillside and then I could hide anything that I wanted to,,,ammo,water, food, fuel an ATV ,,,,and a roto tiller for the garden seed for planting,,,the list of things you may need is endless
Shipping containers are widely known to collapse when buried, the point to burring a cache is not be seeing doing it. It would be hard to not be seeing burring a shipping container, sat snapshot before and after would show that the ground was disturbed plus any ground penetrating device would clearly show something that big. ;)
 

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Shipping containers are widely known to collapse when buried, the point to burring a cache is not be seeing doing it. It would be hard to not be seeing burring a shipping container, sat snapshot before and after would show that the ground was disturbed plus any ground penetrating device would clearly show something that big. ;)
Burying things has big challenges with moisture and mold too. I think more have come back to dig up ruined supplies than not.
 

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N.E. Ohio winters have been mild the past few years but they can and have
gotten really cold. The coldest I recall was -25 F.
Ground froze deep.
I'd not want to try digging anything buried.
Bad idea.
I don't fear burglaries much either.
All my important items are pretty well hidden or locked up in gun safe.
In over two decades I know of just one gun safe being broken open and that was
100% the owners fault.
BIG MOUTHS!
They were farmer all their lives and oil was found on the property and
overnight they could afford a real vacation.
The lady farmer was in a corner grocery bragging that they were flying to Hawaii
and only one person could check the house and collect mail on week-ends.
STUPID!
A young woman over heard this, followed the lady home to get her home i.'d.'d.
Later three miscreants, knowing they had lots of time, beat that gun safe to death
and got the door open.
It wasn't my case but I broke it when the burglars started selling and pawning
guns and jewelry in my city.
I got the goods back, got a warrant for receiving stolen property and the county
sheriff charged them with burglary and grand theft.
We recovered only some of the stolen goods.
The burglars good four years minimum.
The farmers one son was a prosecutor.
 

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