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Offline Cherryriver

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Crummy gas and where it should go
« on: September 11, 2019, 01:48:07 am »
So I got back into the ZG by grabbing a $300 trailered special off Craigslist.  The carbs.  Why does it always have to be the carbs?
The bike also came with a couple of gallons of garbage, rust, trash, and unmentionables with a smattering of old gasoline in the fuel tank.
I used to divvy up the old gas into my lawn mower, but I moved into a nice townhouse and can't even remember how to mow a lawn anymore.
I could use suggestions for legally and responsibly disposing of this stuff.  Our municipality isn't of much help, and has one recycling day a year.  In April.  Yet the town is also home to an enormous Citgo refinery just a ways down the road (and a huge-for-population fire department).
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 02:18:48 am »
Ive had that issue and just added a little at a time to my used oil bucket which I take to Autozone to recycle . Most that I end up with goes in the old Dodge though .
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 12:31:48 pm »
For some reason mine usually gets "spilled" along a fence line where I don't want weeds to grow.
Oh you said responsibly...
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 10:38:42 pm »
Just pour it into a metal bucket or can (or leave the fuel tank cap open) and let it sit and evaporate.
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 10:55:35 pm »
Ran into this same exact syndrome the past year.. when I had 15 gallons of 4 year old fuel, in a truck.. luckily the place I chose to help me with getting that ruck up and roadworthy, had a guy that took all the fuel, for brushpile fires on his property.. saved me tons...

when I searched, I could not find anyplace to dispose of fuel, just the same old "one single day collection" per year, and they limited it.. I was really close to taking the fuel cans, and driving down the access road alongside  10 mile section of railway traks, and trickling it untill it was gone... alas, I am "green" and could not do that.

As an alternative, I considered filling the cans, and leaving them in a parking lot.. in the "inner city", knowing they would be taken rapidly.. but again, I found that to be "bad Karma", and if caught on some "cam", I'd be prosecuted as a terrorist or worse..

Fuel disposal is a pretty tough issue to deal with, besides paying the prices you did for the gas, disposing "properly" is lmost impossible, and the costs run 20X more, than it cost to "fill that tank... "

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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2019, 11:04:05 am »
Maybe stop by one of those large fire stations and see if they use gas for training to fight fires at the oil refinery. At least they may have some insight where to get rid of it.  Bringing a box of donuts or pastries might help too.
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2019, 01:04:57 pm »
I live in a neighborhood and have sidewalks around my home.
Grass grows thru the cracks.
I occasionally use old gas to kill the grass there.

Yea, I know, not "green".
But the alternative is to use geass killer/poison for that grass.
    Also doesn't sound very "green".  :-[

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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2019, 01:18:07 pm »
Seems like 50% of the fellas in my neighborhood are in the lawn industry and I bet one of them would take free gas no matter how dirty.
Another option might be to filter it then use it, a little at a time if necessary.  Years ago there was an article in Popular Science where a guy used a roll of toilet paper to filter his used motor oil.  Said it doesn't dissolve in oil, and he took the cardboard core out so the dirty oil went on the outside and the middle was the filtered side.  A stock gas filter might work for you too but you already have the toilet paper.  Later I guess the TP could be dried and tossed out.
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2019, 02:58:36 pm »
Modern cars -- with EFI, etc -- will burn dang near anything in small quantities -- good dilution... I run old gas a gallon or so at a time through my `04 F150 (just top of a fairly full tank so it dilutes).  It may spit back at me one day, but so far so good...
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2019, 05:25:27 pm »
My local county Household Hazardous Waste website lists gas at one of its sites.  Maybe yours does too, but only at one central location.

https://snohomishcountywa.gov/477/Hazardous-Waste

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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2019, 07:46:36 pm »
Great Topic!!   I have some 15 year old fuel I have stored in a cat litter container wondering what to do with it.  (weed control and bond fire did come to mind).  Based on this post, I checked and uur local Solid Waste facility takes HHW anytime during business hours, so I think I might try and run that over on the weekend.



My local county Household Hazardous Waste website lists gas at one of its sites.  Maybe yours does too, but only at one central location.

https://snohomishcountywa.gov/477/Hazardous-Waste
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2019, 12:17:42 am »
This is fun!
I have two different bikes with bad gas issues, and the C10's is way the worst.  I tried hard to shake, rattle, and roll the tank til I was red in the face to get every last bit of stuff out of there but there was always some left.
I put in about four gallons of new with about five-six ounces of Seafoam, but to not much avail.  I've installed a fuel filter too, but it seems rather coarse and maybe some junk is getting past.
I'm thinking of just saw-zalling the frame tube to make installing and removing the carbs easier, doing it so much.  I am guessing an 8tpi blade would be about right...
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2019, 01:32:43 pm »
Cherryriver
You might want to fab up a replacement frame member that can be bolted in place.  :-[

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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2019, 02:54:31 pm »
I thread drifting... I bought an extra airbox partly hoping to see where it could be split to come out before the carbs.  So far I can't figure a good way.
Closer to topic, had some kerosene lamp oil in its retail plastic bottle under the kitchen sink too long.  One day it just split open.
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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2019, 12:00:36 am »
It's nice living in the country where we can still burn brush (with a permit, of course).

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Re: Crummy gas and where it should go
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2019, 12:31:40 am »
a half gallon or gallon of old gas in a ten or twelve gallon tank will not make any difference at all. When I say old I mean under 3 years old or so. Same way with mixed 2 cycle, usually its in a gallon container, just pour the thing into your car tank and drive dude.
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