How To Handle Old Fuel

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  1. tuna taxi

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    I just came up on a project boat and I researching the best way to handle old fuel on a boat? The boat has been sitting for about 5 years so I'm sure the fuel is watered down by now. I was thinking about buying some fuel containers and taking them to one of the local haz waste disposal sites..........................any suggestions?
     
  2. InDeepShip

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    Get rid of it and replace all of the fuel hoses and fuel filters. Also, your fuel pump might need to replace.
     
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    When I lived in LaMesa I drained 5 yr old gas in a couple of 5 gal container and left them on the side of the garage and the next morning both were gone :D
     
  4. Edward L Russ

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    Buy a electric universal pump from amazon and put it in milk containers and dispose of it at a hazmat center.
     
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    You might check with your local household hazardous waste drop off. Ours required gasoline to be in approved gas containers and you had to leave them behind at the drop off. Old portable tanks might be a cheap way to go.
     
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    I don't know but I'm a cheep bastard and gas is
    $4 a gal. The first question is how bad does it smell and how much do you have? On my outrage project, I separated the fuel from the water and used it in my truck. That was about 50 gal and about 10 of that was water. If it still smell like gas, I would burn it in something. If it smells really bad, you might want to come up with another plan.
     
  7. swami 805

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    Some places that recycle oil take gas too. We've had a couple knuckle heads at work put gas in our diesel trucks and that's what we did. It was a lot too.
     
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    I hear it kills Gophers!
     
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    I’d burn it in the car a few gallons at per fill-up
     
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    Bonfires. Nightly.
     
  11. Edward L Russ

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    Ours in Orange County will take it in any container but only 15 gallons at a time.
     
  12. Steveo77

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    I played hell getting rid of 70 gallons of gasoline that was old/ and suspected had saltwater in it. Also, I put it in a fuel cell that had about 5-10 gallons of diesel in it.
    My city would only take 5 gallons at a time.
    So I ended up putting in 5 gallons to every 15 gallons in my work truck and my sons car.
    Wasn’t any problem with the vehicles. But I’m sure the filters are dirtier then the norm.
     
  13. tuna taxi

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    Well, if anyone wants the fuel please IM me and we can work out a deal, I will only charge $0.00 per gallon
     
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    My mother has gophers!
    A 20 ft Skippy will burn dam near anything at about 2 MPG.
    It sounds like all you need is to do a bug run to Cat.!
    Did it pass the scratch and sniff test?
     
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    Check with an auto recycling yard. Many of them symphony the gas, filter it, then resell it to bulk buyers. Ecology used to do this I’m sure others do as well.
     
  17. tuna taxi

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    I removed the sending unit yesterday and sniffed the gas, it still smells like gas but it doesn’t seem to have as a strong of an odor as I would have expected.
     
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    I would use it on the car, dilute with 1/3 fresh fuel and additive. As long you have water remove or separated.
     
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    Does the tank have a drain plug?
     
  20. tuna taxi

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    I haven't had time to check, I ordered a manual transfer pump to get the gas out. My plan, for now, is to drain what I can fit into some canisters and drop them off at one of the LA County haz waste sites unless I can find someone that has a use for it.
     

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