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Gallons to Pounds Converter

Convert from US gallons or UK gallons to pounds for a variety of different liquids, such as water, milk, gasoline and oil.

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How many pounds in a gallon?

The weight of a gallon of liquids such as milk, gasoline, liquid propane or beer is dependent upon the density of the liquid in question. And the density of a liquid can often depend upon the temperature at which it is being stored. To give a simple explanation, a gallon of water at room temperature will weigh less than a gallon of honey (because honey is a denser substance).

When making a conversion, it's important to remember that the US gallon is smaller than the imperial (UK) gallon. In the US, a gallon is equivalent to 128 fluid ounces. But, in the UK an imperial gallon is bigger at 160 fluid ounces.

How much does a gallon of gasoline weigh?

A gallon (US) of gasoline weighs around 6.2 pounds. This is based upon a gasoline density of 0.74 kg/l. The density of gasoline can vary between 0.7–0.8 kg/l depending on the level of aromatics.

How much does a gallon of diesel weigh?

A gallon (US) of petroleum diesel weighs about 7.1 pounds. This is based upon a density of 0.85 kg/l. The density of diesel is about 15-20% higher than that of standard gasoline because it contains larger hydrocarbon molecules, making diesel heavier than gasoline. 2

How much does a gallon of milk weigh?

A gallon (US) of milk weighs approximately 8.637 pounds, a quart weighs 2.16 pounds and a pint weighs 1.08 pounds. These weights are based upon a milk density of 1.035 kg/l.

Let's look at some approximation conversions from gallons to pounds for various liquids.

Gallons to pounds for other liquids

Liquid (1 US gallon) Density (kg/l) Weight (lb)
1 gallon of water0.998 kg/l8.329 lb
1 gallon of beer1.01 kg/l8.429 lb
1 gallon of cider1.007 kg/l8.404 lb
1 gallon of crude oil0.915 kg/l7.636 lb
1 gallon of diesel (fuel)0.85 kg/l7.094 lb
1 gallon of gasoline (petrol)0.737 kg/l6.152 lb
1 gallon of honey1.42 kg/l11.85 lb
1 gallon of ice cream0.56 kg/l4.673 lb
1 gallon of jet fuel0.804 kg/l6.71 lb
1 gallon of milk1.035 kg/l8.637 lb
1 gallon of olive oil0.92 kg/l7.678 lb
1 gallon of orange juice1.038 kg/l8.663 lb
1 gallon of paint1.198 kg/l9.998 lb
1 gallon of propane (liquid)0.493 kg/l4.114 lb
1 gallon of wine0.99 kg/l8.262 lb

Note that if you want to convert between gallons and fluid ounces, you can do so with our gallons to ounces converter.

Weighing gallons of water

The precise weight of water varies according to its density, which in turn depends on its storage temperature. You can find out more in our article how much does a gallon of water weigh?

Densities of liquids

It's important to note that the density (mass per unit volume) of a liquid can vary depending upon many factors. These include the ingredients within the liquid, the processing method and how it is subsequently stored. Note that we also have a converter for liters and tons here.


References

  1. SI Metric - Roger Walker
  2. Diesel Fuel - Nuclear Decommissioning Case Studies, 2021
  3. FAO / INFOODS Database (version 2)

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