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Old 23 August 2013, 17:39   #1
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How to dispose of old fuel?

I've just bought a RIB which has sat for a while (at least 6 months). I'd rather put some fresh fuel in there before I first go out.

Question is, what do I do with the 15 litres or so of old petrol?
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Old 23 August 2013, 17:42   #2
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Mix it into your car, or lawnmower, or outboard at 50:50 - it will be fine.

Fact is, if it's really only six months old, it will be fine anyway - but you sound worried...
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Well, I don't know for sure how old it is - it could be 18 months old. The tank vent was left open when I viewed it so probably full of water.

First time out on a new RIB, want to stack all the odds in my favour. New plugs will also be going in. Didn't have much luck with my last RIB motor - I'm probably overcompensating!
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Well, if it's "damned if I know sh1t" I'd either:

1. Burn it off in an open vessel - kinda sporty
2. Siphon the upper levels and check the last few liters in a clear plastic bottle for water contamination. Burn off by mixing into a diesel vehicle tank at around 2 liters per fill.
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Alternatively you could contact the local authority and ask them to pick it up from your house. They may charge you for the collection but it would be the "proper" way to dispose of it and they are legally obliged to take it from you.

Alternatively you could ask them if your local civic amenity site (the dump) can take it from you if you turn up.

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Makes great BBQ lighter fluid.
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Makes great BBQ lighter fluid.
Not so much

Burning in an open vessel (think steel pot) limits the evaporation surface and reduces the risk of an explosion as oxygen supply is also limited. The burn is relatively controlled. Too many have been torched when igniting petrol on an "open" fire
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Get it out of there, stick it in an old jerry can for starting bonfires or something, your engine should be running perfectly before you go out, when any one of the local cruising lot get a new boat we always arrange to go out in company just in case

Get things right first then enjoy your boating

Any secondhand rib will need to be checked over before you take it out to sea and while you are there for a small cost you can add a water separating fuel filter too if you don't already have one
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Not so much
..... Too many have been torched when igniting petrol on an "open" fire

+1 for this
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I have a guy on my block that's a roofer, I give him me old fuel to wash tar of his roofing tools. I bet any farmer would take it.

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