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Post by Jaded Green on 13th June 2010, 11:58 am

Once upon a time we had an allotment. Ten years ago we gave it up (another story) but amongst the things that we have from that time is an old petrol can containing some 2 stroke petrol that we used when we needed to hire a trimmer.

now that we are sorting out the shed and garden we feel the time has come to stop saying "I don't know what to do with that" and shove it to the back, but actually get rid of it.

Any suggestions about the best thing to do?

Mr JG is muttering about taking the lid off and leaving it to evaporate - I'm not entirely sure he's joking Laughing
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Post by Guest on 13th June 2010, 2:08 pm

Wood Troll warns you not to leave it open as it is high combustable. The fumes are heavier than air so it will run down hill and 30-40ft away something could ignite it. In a contained space it is explosive.

Ask the council if you have no one who knows how to use it on a bonfire safely.

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Post by Dandelion on 13th June 2010, 2:10 pm

?Freecycle it for anyone else who has a petrol mower?

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Post by Hairyloon on 13th June 2010, 4:29 pm

Jaded Green wrote:Once upon a time we had an allotment. Ten years ago we gave it up (another story) but amongst the things that we have from that time is an old petrol can containing some 2 stroke petrol that we used when we needed to hire a trimmer.
How much is "some", and whereabouts in London are you?
I'm down to London soon, and if there you're near enough to where I'm passing, I expect I can dispose of it for you.
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Post by Guest on 15th June 2010, 11:47 am

Just a thought ... at ten years old the petrol would not be good for going in a motor, I would not like to use it if it is much over two months old as it will have gone 'stale'. Burning it is the only 'home' option.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 15th June 2010, 12:25 pm

Mix it with some BNP literature before you light the blue touch paper.

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Post by Hairyloon on 15th June 2010, 9:52 pm

Wood Troll wrote:Just a thought ... at ten years old the petrol would not be good for going in a motor, I would not like to use it if it is much over two months old as it will have gone 'stale'. Burning it is the only 'home' option.
Probably be all right if you dilute it enough.
Depends what you're going to put it in.
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Post by Jaded Green on 15th June 2010, 10:53 pm

Where did that ten years go?

I think I'll see if the Council can offer any advice, otherwise I amy be taking Hairloon up on his offer.

It wouldn't be so bad if I were trying to get rid of something that is at least usable!

Thanks for all your help - much appreciated.
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Post by Jaded Green on 12th June 2011, 10:52 am

Good grief - a year on and the can is still here! Embarassed It is going any minute!

I asked at the local dump er recycling centre - last time I was there and they said to pour it into the oil container. I was a bit surprised, but it does all come from the same source I suppose!
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 12th June 2011, 11:35 am

Alternatively you could combine this with my suggestions for old wine bottles...

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Post by Jaded Green on 13th June 2011, 4:42 pm

Just got back from the dump. Was surprised how difficult it was to empty the can!

Anyway it has gone!
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