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#1 longtomsilver

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:20 AM

I have a ten litre metal fuel can with ~4litres of unleaded for my lawn mower that is more than a year old. Where do I put it.

Long and short is that I have sold my motorcycle which is being collected tomorrow evening and it has a full tank of fuel... not being tight but I'd quite like to siphon 10litres.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:28 AM

I have a ten litre metal fuel can with ~4litres of unleaded for my lawn mower that is more than a year old. Where do I put it.

Long and short is that I have sold my motorcycle which is being collected tomorrow evening and it has a full tank of fuel... not being tight but I'd quite like to siphon 10litres.

Thank you.

You need a jerrycan.....(as recommended by th Rt Hon Francis Maude). They hold 20 litres. The year old petrol should be fine, just mix the 14 litres in the jerry.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:30 AM

drink it.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:33 AM

You should contact the council for advice, or take the fuel can to the recycling centre and enquire.

It might be able to go in the old engine oil tank at the recycling centre, but ask them before you pour it in !

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:37 AM

Pour it in the lawnmower, it'll be fine.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:45 AM

Siphon the ten litres from the bike into a temporary storage can. Empty the jerry can into the bike.

Then take the petrol from the storage into the jerry can. Be careful what you use as the temporary storage.

And yes, you are being tight.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:56 AM

he year old petrol should be fine, just mix the 14 litres in the jerry.

It might not be. Petrol has a shelf life of three months to one year.

Edited by Peter Hun, 29 March 2012 - 10:58 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:59 AM

Stick it in an envelope and post it to one D. Cameron, 10 Downing Street, London. I am led to believe that he knows some people who want to keep some in their garages. :unsure:
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:12 AM

It might not be. Petrol has a shelf life of three months to one year.


Anyone know the shelf life of diesel?
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:21 AM

Anyone know the shelf life of diesel?


Longer than petrol since it is less volatile. Every time the temperature rises the vapour must escape to avoid blowing up the can. When it cools it sucks in air and with it water. It's total garbage that petrol has a shelf life less than a year. I mowed the lawn the other day using fuel in a can I filled two years ago.

As for disposal, I know you ain't supposed to but I would just bung it down the loo. You could pour it on the garden, killing the grass, but it would eventually break down. Last year there was a wasps nest in a hole in my garden. Poured paraffin down it to gas them, worked a treat and the plants around didn't die. That paraffin is probably converted to fertiliser by now.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 11:24 AM

I have a ten litre metal fuel can with ~4litres of unleaded for my lawn mower that is more than a year old. Where do I put it.

Long and short is that I have sold my motorcycle which is being collected tomorrow evening and it has a full tank of fuel... not being tight but I'd quite like to siphon 10litres.

Thank you.



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Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:04 PM

Pour it in the lawnmower, it'll be fine.



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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Chuck it on a bonfire. You know you want to.


Joking aside, please don't do this. Petrol fumes are highly flammable and you could easily experience a fireball in your face. My father, a retired fireman, regularly attended homes where the victim used petrol to start the bbq.
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Posted 29 March 2012 - 01:37 PM

Anyone know the shelf life of diesel?


You should be fine for a good long while.. the only problem you get with diesel (as far as I'm aware) is diesel bug, which in itself isn't a problem.. but when it dies it creates gunk that sinks to the bottom of your tank and can block filters if it gets sucked up.

If you're going to leave it a long time perhaps stick some diesel-bug additive in and you should be fine.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 02:16 PM

Old unleaded just gets harder to light or start the engine with. A lawnmower will probably work just fine as it isn't a high performance engine.

If you are storing diesel make sure that the can isn't likely to go rusty from the outside and make sure it is full so that there isn't an air space of any size. The reason for this is at night the tank cools and suck in air laden with moisture. This condenses on the inside and drips into the diesel, sinking to the bottom. Over time it builds up water inside the tank and rusts out the bottom. This is why old metal heating fuel tanks fail and start leaking out the bottom.

My favourite example of this was a half can of creosote in the shed. Condensation formed inside and out for several years until I lifted the can up. The bottom fell out and I ended up creosoting the landlord's shed floor - the biggest maintenance it ever received!




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