If you know any farmers, they always got a brush pile to burn, and
what better way than to toss some crappy gas on it. Donate it to a
farmer, and it will be gone from your life and used in the least
polluting way possible. Remember, today is Earthday. Don't pollute !
Oil (gas) and water do not mix. Alcohol and water do mix so the alcohol
mixes with the water and allows it to pass through to the engine where it
can be burned without plugging things up.
If you take oil and vinegar for salad dressing they do not mix either, but
add an emulsifier, such as egg whites, it will mix and stay in solution.
Technical: Water is a polar substance, Gas is non-polar. Alcohol is
both (one end is polar the other not) So the Alcohol molecule will attract
one Gas and one water molecule allowing them to mix. Mixed, they will pass
through your engine without harm (in reasonable quantities)
Non-technical: It causes the water to mix with the gas and burn.
And in the meantime, get a tape of monks doing their morning ritual. It's
nice to have a bunch of monks decanting in the bakground. Makes for a nice
Problem with decanting is hard to do with an opaque container.
Water can be removed from gas by pouring it thru a small-meshed copper
screen, or sometimes even a woman's nylons if they're the right mesh and
Or, put it in a clear container; let set so water separates, then use
siphon to remove. Works well for small amounts.
I had a similar problem once and asked the local gas station if I
could dump the gasoline into his underground waste holding tank for
petroleum products. He said no problem. At that time there was a new
law that all waste petroleum products, including the stuff from car
oil change operations and repairs, must be disposed of at approved
sites. I remember a reminder that any car owner doing his own oil
change must dispose of the dirty engine oil at the gas station.
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