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Getting rid of old Gasoline?


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Old 12-06-2006, 08:22 PM
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I have about a pint of gas-oil mix that was used for a chain saw. The trouble is, it has been sitting in a sealed gallon container for about ten years with no fuel stabilizer.

How do I get rid of it?

Assuming I can mix it with fresh gas and burn it in a 4-cycle engine, what ratio would I use that wouldn't gum-up the engine?

Is there a better way to get rid of it? I don't think it would be good for the environment to just pour it on the lawn!

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I pint, I would burn it. Dan
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Yeah be a pyro and have some fun with it!
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Got any neighbors you're not crazy about? How bout an old Yugo? Perhaps a snake den that needs vacating? Then, there's always the white elephant gift at the next company Holiday party.
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lol, thats a good one Ken. A gag gift at the company Christmas party. Dan
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Default Re: Getting rid of old Gasoline?

Most full service gas stations, (I know but there are a few left) and some auto parts stores will take it off your hands for you and they have it recycled. I use old gasoline for cleaning real greasy parts with. When it gets too dirty, I dump it into a old gallon plastic jug and take it down to the station along with old used motor oil.
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Engine Gal, heck ya Mopars rock! Dan
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Hey, you live in Florida. Surely you must know where there's a big friendly hill of fire ants?
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Default Re: Getting rid of old Gasoline?

Most cars and light trucks hold twelve gallons at the least. Some twenty-six. That li'l ol' pint of old gas will blend right in and burn off without you even noticing it.
That's what I do every spring when I'm done with my ice auger, and each fall when I'm done with my weedeater.
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If it is that old, I would not put it in my tank Even that little bit of panther Pi-- fuel will create havoc with the control circutry, the injectore and ther valve gear. The varnish will deposit on these items while the engine is hot, and even though diluted, will still cause problems Definately do not use in a small engine. I made that mistake several years ago, and ended up having to pull the head off of a techempseh 6 HP, and using carb cleaner on the valves, not once, but several times. The engine ran fine, until it was shut down. After sitting overnite, the valves would open - and stay open The varnish deposits on the stems, hung up the valves, especially the intake.
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Default Re: Getting rid of old Gasoline?

I checked with a local auto parts store. They take used motor oil, but not gasoline.

One article in the Smokstak archives mentioned something about the molecules of gasoline changing when it got old, in addition to volatile portions evaporating. Perhaps it wouldn't be a good idea to run an engine with it, no matter how diluted.

I'm leaning towards the idea of burning it. I can pretend that it is charcoal starter fluid and soak some charcoal in the grill. I could line the grill with aluminum foil to prevent a gummy residue, and cook some sacrificial hot dogs!

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I don't think you really want to cook food over those coals if you use ancient gasoline as a starter fluid. The stale residue from the additives may not be very healthy. If I had to dispose of this mix, I think I would find one of those old gasoline blow torches and cook it off with that. Don't have to worry about gumming up a carb and will burn it off pretty cleanly without a bunch of black smoke. Get the burner head hot enough and they will burn anything remotely flammable.
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Default Re: Getting rid of old Gasoline?

If that gas really is 10 years old it may not even burn any more.

Around here (MD) some of the local county and city governments have household hazardous waste days where they take old pesticides, old gas, old oil, anything that they'd rather not have ini the regular trash.

I agree that if you do soak some charcoal with it and try to burn it DON'T cook anything over the fire.
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Default Re: Getting rid of old Gasoline?

There's environmentally friendly and not-so friendly ways to get rid of it. You can get a used pie plate, put driveway gravel in it, then pour in the gas. Set it in the sun. The added surface area of the rocks will evaporate it pretty fast. As for me, I have a gravel driveway, and I usually pour it out somewhere in the driveway, thus I have no weeds. But that's bad for the ground.
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