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What to do with old gas ?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ElectricTundra, Jun 8, 2017.

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  1. ElectricTundra

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    Traditionally folks around here empty all of their old gas cans in to their cars at the beginning of summer. Otherwise gas powered lawn tools don't run so well (or at all sometimes). My mower, hedge trimmer, edger, and a few other things are all electric now (Echo Cordless) but I still have a couple of small gas tools and a snow blower.

    So, how to dispose of old gas when it doesn't have a way to plug it in to the fuel plug on a Model S?
     
  2. dhanson865

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    * option 1: buy less gas, run the equipment idle until it runs empty at end of season.
    * option 2: use a fuel stabilizer and leave the gas in the equipment
    * option 3: do both of the above (since some minimal amount of gas will remain unless you disassemble and drain).
     
  3. jelloslug

    jelloslug Active Member

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    Give it to a neighbor.
     
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    Save them for a rainy day, it wont go bad, but may evaporate. you never now when you may want to have a party with bonfire. or one day you may need to use a gas powered generator.
     
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    I wouldn't want to store any gas for a prolonged period of time, find a neighbor with a gasser and let them have it if you have no need for it
     
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    It's going to vary depending on where you live, but check your local services for Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.

    In Seattle for example you can drop off plenty of items, including gasoline, for free (daily limits apply) and they'll make sure its properly disposed of.
     
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  7. SomeJoe7777

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    A lot of small engine repair shops that work on mowers, edgers, trimmers, chain saws, etc. will take used/old gas for free.
     
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    Definitely! And then casually say you probably will never use or even need gasoline again.
     
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    The big risk with old fuel is varnish deposits in the small jets and valves of a carburetor. Add a fuel stabilizer like Sea Foam if it's just for seasonal storage or drain the tank, run the engine until it dies then store the drained fuel in a bigger can again with a stabilizer added. It should last a long time.

    Of course if you will never need the fuel again, give it away.
     
  10. ElectricTundra

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    Thanks all. I found a local repair shop to take it. They have a 200 gallon tank for old gas. Guy said that every spring about a third of their repairs are nothing more than dumping the old gas that sat for the winter, refilling with new gas + a cleaner, and starting it up.

    Our hazmat disposal site takes used oil but not gas except 1 day in the spring and 1 in the fall and the spring day was a few weeks ago. Did ask a couple of neighbors and they weren't interested (BTW, one has a Volt and one a LEAF - enviro friendly neighborhood this).

    I do use seafoam in stuff that'll be sitting (snowblower over summer, other stuff over winter) and will run the tank dry with it.

    Thanks again,
     

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