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What to do with old gas

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by swatgig, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. swatgig

    swatgig NES Member

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    I was recently at a shop that repairs small engines. Many of the problems he runs into are caused by bad gas. So as a rule, he drains any gas that comes in and sends the engine back out with a full tank of fresh gas.

    However, he doesn't have a good way to get rid of the old, contaminated gas. His current solution is to let it evaporate away. He can get rid of about a gallon that way, but it really seems like (a) a shitty solution and (b) a waste of burnable fuel.

    So what ideas can I give this guy to dispose of his old gas? It's not suitable for running an engine, but it seems like it could be used for some form of heat.

    Any ideas?
     
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  2. Matt2109

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    When I have old gas to get rid of. I simply add it to a mostly full tank in my car a little at a time.
     
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  3. Uzi2

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    It will be fine for running in any car if it is slightly freshened up with some new gasoline. Put 5 gallons of the old gas into half a tank of the car.

    The gasoline at the pumps is 10+ % ethanol......which has water in it and has an affinity for moisture. The gas from small engines isn't going to be any different or any more "contaminated" and if there is visible water in the bottom of a jug, just decant off the good gasoline from the top.

    Even stuff from 2 cycle engines will run in any car when mixed with the existing tank of gas.

    If I had access to it, I'd take all I could get.

    Gasoline is not used for heaters(other than a couple of military types), it is too volatile.
     
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  4. Chevy 2 65

    Chevy 2 65 NES Member

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    Dry a baseball field with it. [rofl][flame]
     
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    I use it on areas of my lawn that I don’t want to mow.
     
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  6. Mr.E

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    I use it for cooking meth..o_O
     
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    66 year old gas and it's still highly flammable,
     
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    Key piece of information missing. How much gas like this does he have?
     
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  9. swatgig

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    Average a gallon a day
     
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    Dry your lawn before the guests arrive...
     
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    Ya, I laughed. Thanks
     
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    There are places that will take it for a fee.
     
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    burn some pine with it
     
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    Molotov cocktails during rush hour.
     
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    Don't put it in your boat's fuel tank.… Old & untreated ethanol gas kills OB engines.
     
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    Fill an older carbed car 1/2 way, top it off with bad gas.
    I used to do it all the time.
    Doesn't work well with FI cars with alot of sensors. Maybe a TBI setup on an older GM or pre magnum dodge.
     
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    i knew a gas station up in Maine that used to burn their old engine oil, and let people get rid of their engine oil too. They fired a boiler to heat the place with it.

    One time someone mixed some gasoline with the oil dumped off, the entire building burned to the ground. It is really hard to SAFELY burn gasoline...the explosion risk is too high
     
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    Most cities/towns have a free Hazmat drop off day. Put it in some sealed containers and drop it off at one of those events.
     
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    Damnit, you beat me to it.
     
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    I suspect that Clean Harbors would be happy to stop by and take it away, but he wouldn’t like the bill. I suspect it isn’t legal to let it evaporate.
     
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    This
     
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    Don't get caught using it for commercial use. At 5 or 6 gallons a week you will be caught.
     
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    Way back when I was running the old outboard engines on my boats ( I think 20:1 mix?) I would empty the tanks at the end of the season and burn it in my vehicles. No problem. Jack.
     
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    I use old gas mixed with old car engine oil as a fire starter for my fire pit.
     
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    Multiply that by all the small engine shops across the country and that's quite a lot of gasoline going into the atmosphere.

    Wheels are turning as to whether this could be a business opportunity but if it were someone would already likely be doing it.

    What town is this guy in? Sounds like he needs a basic reprocessing rig to remove the water and particulate contaminants.
     
  26. enbloc

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    Dump it in the gas tank of a car in your neighbor's back yard...

    [​IMG]
     
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    That looks like a 69 GTO, What other goodies are in your neighbors back yard?
     
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    Meh... in the good old days we'd just pour it down the storm drain. [devil]
     
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  29. Mr.E

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    Would an autozone take it?
    Know anyone with a fire pit?
     
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    Ya, Basic reprocessing rig = a translucent jug, (a milk jug would work just fine) a large funnel and a piece of an old t shirt.

    This is not a complicated issue, don't over think it.
     

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