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#1579565 - 08/26/09 08:43 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Bluestream]
callbay Offline


Registered: 05/29/05
Posts: 773
Loc: Ozark Mountains
People in my area use it to kill weeds. They also use oil on driveways to keep the dust down.

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#1640369 - 10/21/09 05:21 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Bluestream]
Whimsey Offline


Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 3823
Loc: The Garden State
Our municipal dump will take hazardous materials twice a year for no charge for safe disposal. Maybe your area has a similar program.

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#1667494 - 11/11/09 06:27 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Whimsey]
PT1 Offline


Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 5746
Loc: near the mistake
Put it through a coffee filter 3 times...mix 50-50 with new gas and in the mower it goes. Better have the boat tank cleaned or you are in for trouble.
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#1709380 - 12/16/09 09:56 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: PT1]
davefr Offline


Registered: 03/31/03
Posts: 418
Loc: OR
I had about 20 gallons of old gas after decommissioning an underground tank. I just pumped it into 5 gallon steel buckets and lit it on fire. It won't explode - just don't knock it over.

The surface of the gas burns but it's nowhere near as spectacular as you think. I think they all burned out in about and hour or so.

I'd only re-use clean old gas if blended with plenty of new gas but I'd never re-use dirty old gas.

If you burn it off don't tell your insurance agent and keep the women and children away.

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#1712754 - 12/19/09 05:57 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Samilcar]
Scienceman Offline


Registered: 10/04/09
Posts: 2845
Loc: Earth
How about a wennie roast with a gas-fire?

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#1721055 - 12/27/09 08:25 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Scienceman]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8440
Loc: Florida
Originally Posted By: Troy_Built
How about a wennie roast with a gas-fire?
I'd be afraid that the bad gasoline would produce more pollutants, and I fear those pollutants would make the hot dog taste bad, or worse, give me a disease related to hazardous chemicals.
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#1721727 - 12/27/09 09:04 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Bluestream]
morrison250r Offline


Registered: 12/24/09
Posts: 43
Loc: Millinocket, ME
Starting fires with gas is not a good idea. If you must tone it down with a 70/30 mix of kerosene/diesel/used oil and gas. It burns hotter, longer and it won't go "poof" and melt your face off when you go to light it. The forstery service uses this mix in the drip torches it burns well, lights well and it (relatively) safe. And if you DO burn your face off please don't sue me....I don't have much.

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#1723949 - 12/29/09 07:25 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Samilcar]
Talyn Offline


Registered: 12/29/09
Posts: 9
Loc: Michigan
Old gas is great weed killer.
I used some that had been in a can from the 70's to do it last time. Didn't even look like gas we have now days. Was dark gold.
I poured it on some weeds in the cement, they died and browned almost instantly, I've never seen any greenery die so quick.

I'd honestly burn it as 2cycle, or in a lawnmower.

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#1723965 - 12/29/09 07:40 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Talyn]
hate2work Offline


Registered: 09/04/08
Posts: 4617
Loc: Western Washington
Originally Posted By: Talyn

I'd honestly burn it as 2cycle, or in a lawnmower.


No, you don't want to do that, bad idea.
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#1724546 - 12/30/09 08:34 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: hate2work]
artificialist Offline


Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 8440
Loc: Florida
+1

My mom once had a lawn mower that was almost impossible to start. It was taken into a small engine repair shop, and all they had to do was run their fuel through and it started easily.

Bad gasoline shouldn't be used in any engine.
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#1727242 - 01/01/10 11:31 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Scienceman]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 40537
Loc: New Jersey
Id use it to start some fires if you need to burn up some logs or whatnot (do this in a VERY controlled way), or else filter it through carefully and slowly blend it into the lawnmower.

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#1727256 - 01/01/10 11:44 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: JHZR2]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 6202
Loc: Marshfield , MA
I use old gas for a parts cleaner. I also use it to start brush piles on fire. If no fires are foreseen, then I pour it on news paper and light it off in my dirt drive way
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#1728114 - 01/02/10 08:36 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: andyd]
tonycarguy Offline


Registered: 10/22/08
Posts: 1048
Loc: Sunny Calif
According to the MSDS, unleaded gasoline is readily biodegradable. I wouldn't go through the trouble of trying to filter it and then use it in a mower or car. I'd burn it or use it as a weed killer as others say. If you pour it in the ground, don't do it all at once. Use it slowly over some weeks to give it time to biodegrade.

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#1728165 - 01/02/10 09:33 AM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: tonycarguy]
LAGA Offline


Registered: 12/30/05
Posts: 440
Loc: IL
Place it in an open container and set it outside in a safe place. It will evaporate.
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#3987974 - 01/23/16 06:44 PM Re: Proper way to dispose of old gasoline [Re: Samilcar]
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Registered: 11/21/07
Posts: 3887
Loc: United States of America
Originally Posted By: Samilcar
If you have a charcoal BBQ grill, you could save it to use (very sparingly, of course) as lighter fluid.



That is the best answer I can think of. Got a barrel of some sort? Some empty cereal boxes and newspapers? Add one to the other and with the aid of an ounce or two of fuel(gasoline or diesel) have a fire.


Does it not seem odd, that there are two gas stations on every block but nowhere to dispose of a gallon of old fuel from time to time?
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