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What to do with bad gas?

The gasoline in my one gallon dinghy jug and the small amount in the 4 hp Yamaha motor tank have apparently gone bad after 5 months. The gas smells like its 5 years old. Where can one dispose of bad gas? I don't want to add it to the yard's used oil receptacle and I don't want to pour it on the ground and I certainly don't want to burn it. I haven't tried to start the dinghy engine yet. Perhaps it will run on it anyway?!
Any thoughts on disposing of the old fuel?
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Because it smells bad does not make it bad. Put it in your lawn mower!!
I worked in a refinery for 15 years, it will run. If your afraid, dump it in another can of gas you use for your yard and gas powered tools. If theres no water, it will work fine.

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Don't sweat it, Johnny. Gasoline is a witches brew of about 60 components including butane and heptane, which evaporate out of it and leave more things to degrade into varnish and crud. Pump gas is built to be used within 90 days and after that it degrades. You can add a shot of Stabilant and keep the gas in a (preferably full) airtight container to preserve it for much longer terms.

But for a 1-gallon container? Not worth while. The stale gas can be dumped at any gas station (in their waste oil tank preferably) or in an "waste oil" container at a marina, etc. Most of them SELL that waste or use it for heating, so only a cranky old SOB would tell you that you couldn't dump it. Especially if you were buying gas to refill it.

If you have a car with a 10+ gallon tank, I'd just dump it into your own gas tank before taking a long trip, so it was burned out with the rest on the highway. When it is diluted down that way and used promptly--no problems, it will burn. It just doesn't burn as well as fresh gasoline. Again, USE IT UP don't just top up a tank and leave it sitting again.

Using it in a 2-cycle engine like a lawn mower can also be a good use for it, they'll run on just about anything. Just don't LEAVE it in the mower, those varnishes, etc, form as it keeps decaying and then it cruds things up. (Crud, tehnical term.)
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Using it in a 2-cycle engine like a lawn mower can also be a good use for it, they'll run on just about anything. Just don't LEAVE it in the mower, those varnishes, etc, form as it keeps decaying and then it cruds things up. (Crud, tehnical term.)
If a small engine has been left with fuel in it for a long time, is there an easy fix or product that can remedy the varnish or crud problem?
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About the only way, if it's been in there so long as to really be varnish, is Elbow Grease. Pretty much take it apart and clean it out.
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also, legaly anyplace that sells oil/atf/gasoline/any petrolium product have to accept it for recycling, many places don't take any pains to make it known, but they do have somewhere to put it.

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