2 cycle fuel, how to dispose of it?

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Old 04-14-19, 06:13 PM
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2 cycle fuel, how to dispose of it?

Forgot to empty all my 2 cycle equipment of fuel last fall. Fortunately I did manage to get the equipment running after some carb cleaning and lots of pulling the rope. I've got about 3 pints from the equipment and about two gal in storage. Nobody seems to want it. They'll take old oil but no fuel or oil-fuel mixture.
 
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If you have a friend with a pre-emissions vehicle (no catalytic converter or oxygen sensors) see if they want to use it. When I have any of the 2-cycle fuel mix (40:1) left over I add about a half gallon or so when I fill the tank on my 1963 Jeep. It is such a diluted mix.

In the old days a lot of people used to add what they called “top oil” (think Marvel Mystery Oil) to their tanks “to lubricate the intake valves”. I don’t remember if it was ever proven that it worked but I know it never hurt anything on the old engines.
 
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I'd add a quart or two to each tank of gas in my vehicle and never think twice about it. If it's an older vehicle I add it all to one tank.
 
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Good ideas, but my vehicles are all newer. So I still need to dispose of it.Town won't take it. Gas stations and oil change places won't take gas oil mixture. Now what?
 
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"I'd add a quart or two to each tank of gas in my vehicle and never think twice about it. If it's an older vehicle I add it all to one tank."

What Mark said ^^^^
I add a couple of ounces of 2 cycle oil to each tankful in my new vehicles, have since new.
 
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You can sprinkle the old gas on weeds in the driveway. In a day it will evaporate away. Just make sure nobody smokes as smokers tend to throw their butts down without thought.
 
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If you have a local junk yard they have to deal with all sorts of oil and gas waste, often burning it for heat. If they can't use it they may be able to tell you where to take it.

Also, does your town have annual hazardous waste collections?

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As inconvenient as it is sometimes, I began limiting myself to a single one gallon can of two cycle several years ago for this very reason. But that's hindsight. As far as what you have, maybe I've just been lucky over the years, but, as long as it's last season's gas, I'd run it. I'm sure others will disagree, and that's fine, but I've honestly not had problems in that regard. You had trouble getting some things running, yes, but my guess would be that it had more to do with where the gas laid when it was last run, and the varnish that created, than with the fact that the gas set over the winter. One of my buddy's in the lawn equipment business once told me that the biggest problem with two cycle setting too long is that the gas will evaporate, effectively changing the mixture. True? I don't know, but do know that he has a whole lot more experience with small engine problems than I do. As for getting rid of what you have, when I have had some that I thought might be too old I poured it into my truck and headed straight to the gas station to top it off.
 
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I like the junk yard idea. Maybe I'll pour a few ounces in to the riding mower as use it it up that way. Thanks guys.

Yes our town does have an annual chemical drop-off day. And that is precisely the problem. An annual (once a year, usually run by the county) and very limited to what chemical can be dropped. So we residents must sit on a chemical "problem" for a full year. And most people will "dispose" of the material in an unauthorized way rather than sit on it. But that's another whole story and rant. LOL
 
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The oil in 1 qt of 2cyle oil would get lost in 10 gallons of gas. I wouldn't hesitate to put it in my 2010 jeep or my wife's 2018 nissan.
 
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Yep, what marksr said. It's not much different than those people who think adding a pint bottle of fuel additive (such as sea foam) to their tank is going to help. Those fuel additives are basically just another form of petroleum and don't harm anything.
 
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