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  • What to do with old gas?

    I have about a quart of old gas/oil mix which has been sitting around for 4-5 years. I've recently had my chainsaw overhauled in preparation for cutting cedar logs for a fencing project. I don't want to use this old gas in it. How do I get rid of the old stuff? Spread it around on the dirt driveway and allow it to evaporate? Our rural area has only one hazardous waste day per year, and that's a month away. I need to be working on this project sooner than that.
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    Our fire department building has a recycling bin for old oils you can dispose of such stuff.
    Why not ask them?

    Many here did spread it on their driveway or cattleguards, works great as a week killer.
    It is illegal now to do so here, so we don't any more.

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    • #3
      PLEASE take it to a proper waste disposal area!!

      A new gas container is not expensive, hang on to the old stuff for another month and take it to the dump.
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      • #4
        Put it in an old glass jar and use it the next time you need to start an outdoor fire.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bells View Post
          Put it in an old glass jar and use it the next time you need to start an outdoor fire.

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          • #6


            Bluey and I finally agree on something.

            At least when you're putting it in your car you do that to accomplish something.

            Don't you know about throwing gas on the fire?
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            • #7
              Don't throw it on a fire that is already going. Notice I didn't say dump it on a fire that already has a flame. Use it to START a fire.

              Have you heard of BBQ starter - used on briquets? Old gas mixed w/oil can be safely and easily used to start fires. In fact when the gas is really old it doesn't always help to use it. Ask me how I know and somehow have survived to talk about it.

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              • #8
                not sure about the fire idea, but when I had mixed "bad" fuel before a "shop" person took it for his Salomaner(sp) heater. Not sure if this would apply.

                KH
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                • #9
                  if it's not much you can probably get away with pouring it into the tank of a diesel machine (given that it's got more real diesel!)

                  short of that, recycling center...starting a fire with products like that is asking for trouble...
                  Originally posted by BigMama1
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                  • #10
                    ask a local car repair shop if they can dispose of it?
                    "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).

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                    • #11
                      You can spill a thin line of it in your arena and light it and school your horse over it!
                      (not).
                      That's what we did at a police horse training clinic. Seemed very dangerous to me thinking of the gas spreading around and exploding - but it soaked in and nothing happened except a few singed tails on those who did not tie them up.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by smokygirl View Post
                        ask a local car repair shop if they can dispose of it?
                        Thanks for bringing this up -I have various and assorted small containers - one for each of ex's old tools that he never used - and I need to move them out of my shed, too. (And he sloppily wrote on everything (his and mine) with magic marker - couldn't be bothered using labels - when I still see his writing, it gets me mad...now my poor son is staying with him, and nothing sacred there, too... so son's stuff is kept with me! )

                        I believe I've heard, that here in New York at least, auto repair places are required to take discarded oil if requested - not sure about gas/oil mix. I'm going down to neighborhood garage today and see if it's true...
                        But he thought, "This procession has got to go on." So he walked more proudly than ever, as his noblemen held high the train that wasn't there at all. H.C.Anderson

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by smokygirl View Post
                          ask a local car repair shop if they can dispose of it?
                          Great idea. I think I'll give that a try. Thanks.
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                          • #14
                            Using it to start a brush fire is a fine idea but don't be an idiot and get yourself hurt. You have to put it on an unlit fire, then light a rag soaked with something slow-burning from a good distance (20 feet should be sufficient for the little bit you have) and throw the lit rag onto the gas-soaked pile. If it didn't flash, don't go near it and try again.

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                            • #15
                              Haz waste

                              Don't mix it with used oil. That will change the classification from used oil to hazardous waste. It is a bad thing to do... The gasoline lowers the flashpoint. There are many incidents of kero heaters burning out of control because of gasoline mixed into the kero.

                              I would use an empty veggy can ( about 14 oz) stuff a rag in it to serve as a wick. add some of the gas and light it. Put it on a surface outside that can take the heat. Unprotected Asphalt driveways will melt/stain. using a veggy can keeps the volume of flame and fuel small. The wick controls the burn rate and you don't have to ignite vapors... should burn for about 1/2 hour. More rag out of the can = bigger flame
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                              • #16
                                I'd just wait til recycling day.
                                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                                • #17
                                  Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that has managed to start a fire w/old gas and have survived. Old gas mixed w/oil is not quite as explosive as new gas.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Foxtrot's View Post
                                    You can spill a thin line of it in your arena and light it and school your horse over it!
                                    (not).
                                    That's what we did at a police horse training clinic. Seemed very dangerous to me thinking of the gas spreading around and exploding - but it soaked in and nothing happened except a few singed tails on those who did not tie them up.
                                    I did a bomb proofing clinic with my horse and we did the same thing. I was surprised how nonchalant my horse was about the fire. He walked right over it like it was nothing. The smoke bomb was a whole lot scarier.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
                                      if it's not much you can probably get away with pouring it into the tank of a diesel machine (given that it's got more real diesel!)

                                      short of that, recycling center...starting a fire with products like that is asking for trouble...
                                      Sounds like a good way to ruin your diesel machine.

                                      Check this discussion on The Discovery Channel:

                                      "Can anyone enlighten me and would this opportunity to (blow vehicles up )conduct a suitable experiment in the name of science interest someone?"
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                                      • #20
                                        I also use my old fuel to start my brush pile burn. Do NOT throw it on a burning fire.

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