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   Post-Sandy first world problem: What do I do with the leftover gasoline that I bought for my generator?

13 Nov 2012 08:49 AM   |   4438 clicks   |   NJ.com
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acanuck    [TotalFark]  
1) Put it in your car

2) Generate electricity for your house with it

3) Pour it over your head, light it, in a public place, as part of the Occupy movement...that'll show 'em

13 Nov 2012 03:16 AM
alienated     
4- start a nice fire of your ruined furniture if the power is still out.

I know- Aisle Seat, close to the galley please.

13 Nov 2012 05:36 AM
Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  
Offer it to someone with a generator who hasn't had their power restored yet.

13 Nov 2012 06:07 AM
Bontesla     

Bathia_Mapes: Offer it to someone with a generator who hasn't had their power restored yet.


This or save it for the next thing that will kill your power. It'll probably hit within the next six months.

13 Nov 2012 06:31 AM
Elvis_Bogart    [TotalFark]  
If it's oil/gas mix you can't run it in your car.

Gas really doesn't "keep" very well.

That's why I modified my generator and old Bronco to run on propane. It never goes bad. Plus, I can use it to keep my RV refrigerator without a generator.

13 Nov 2012 07:13 AM
Dufus    [TotalFark]  

Elvis_Bogart: If it's oil/gas mix you can't run it in your car.

Gas really doesn't "keep" very well.

That's why I modified my generator and old Bronco to run on propane. It never goes bad. Plus, I can use it to keep my RV refrigerator without a generator.


Large gen sets use straight gas - no problem
50:1 gas mix - only add a couple of gallons at a time to the car and no problem
Storing gas? - fuel stabilizer FTW

Propane as fuel - also works for gas grill! You may not have power, but you can eat steak (or go all Donner Party if things get desperate)

13 Nov 2012 07:38 AM
SkunkWerks     
Homer to the rescue!

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13 Nov 2012 08:54 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  
Oddly enough, electricity itself is over-rated in an emergency.

I've got means to cook, heat, and light without electricity.

Heat is the biggest of the issues, though. I've got the capacity to keep my pipes from freezing in the dead of winter, but it won't exactly be snuggly warm. Maybe I should put a small woodstove in the basement.

13 Nov 2012 08:54 AM
karnal     
If you huff it you get a nice nauseous buzz

13 Nov 2012 08:55 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

Dufus: 50:1 gas mix - only add a couple of gallons at a time to the car and no problem


Yep, I've done that. Add a gallon or two to a mostly full tank and you won't have any problems.

13 Nov 2012 08:56 AM
Englebert Slaptyback    [TotalFark]  

Skunkwerks


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(from the NY-guy-goes-to-Connecticut-to-buy-gas thread)

13 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
rufus-t-firefly     
Typical, portable household generators use the same regular, unleaded fuel as automobiles, so if that's what you're running, you can transfer the gas from your containers to your car's gas tank, using a proper nozzle or funnel, officials point out.

Whaaaaaa?

13 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
Resident Muslim     

Bathia_Mapes: Offer it to someone with a generator who hasn't had their power restored yet.


Great answer.

I personally was gonna suggest pouring it into a black garbage bag, put it in the sunlight until it inflates...throw a match at it.
Guaranteed fun.


/don't.
//seriously, don't.
///you'll kill yourself.

13 Nov 2012 08:58 AM
SkunkWerks     

Englebert Slaptyback: Skunkwerks

[i.imgur.com image 471x354] 


(from the NY-guy-goes-to-Connecticut-to-buy-gas thread)


Say what you want, man, that minivan was stacked!

13 Nov 2012 09:00 AM
PowerSlacker     
acanuck:
3) Pour it over your head, light it, in a public place, as part of the Occupy movement...that'll show 'em

Came here to say this.

13 Nov 2012 09:00 AM
Molavian     
Did they point anything out in this article?

13 Nov 2012 09:01 AM
Englebert Slaptyback    [TotalFark]  

SkunkWerks


Say what you want, man, that minivan was stacked!


Yeah, they're big but they're obviously plastic.

13 Nov 2012 09:04 AM
jfivealive     
The obvious answer is to commandeer a life guard chair, then write your name in the street with the gasoline, light it on fire, strip down to your underwear, get a shotgun, and pretend to be king of the road for 5 minutes.

13 Nov 2012 09:05 AM
netcentric     
What an idiot. Jeezzus, how can someone be so dumb as to not know how to wait for dark.

....then pour it down the storm drain.

13 Nov 2012 09:05 AM
argylez     

dittybopper: Maybe I should put a small woodstove in the basement.


I put a woodstove in our sunroom, and it rocks! Not only is it great peace of mind during the winter and possible power-outages, it lowers my regular heating bill & I get to burn stuff. With the new glass technology, you get to see the fire too :

Soapstone woodstove

13 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

jfivealive: The obvious answer is to commandeer a life guard chair, then write your name in the street with the gasoline, light it on fire, strip down to your underwear, get a shotgun, and pretend to be king of the road for 5 minutes.


Heh.

Once, I made a trail of black powder in the driveway in the shape of a big heart with an arrow through it. Told the distaffbopper to look out the window, and I lit it. She was impressed with the big white mushroom cloud, of course, but also the symbol burned in on the asphalt. It wasn't truly "burned in", though, as it washed away with the first rain.

It's the thought that counts.

/Don't try that at home, kiddies.
//I'm a professional idiot.
///True love smells like the devil's fart.

13 Nov 2012 09:11 AM
Cataholic     
That was Romeroriffic.

13 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
NeoBad     
Go to a hardware store and get some of the gas stabilizer stuff

13 Nov 2012 09:12 AM
mod3072     
I would save it to use in moltav cocktails during the upcoming revolution.

13 Nov 2012 09:14 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

argylez: dittybopper: Maybe I should put a small woodstove in the basement.

I put a woodstove in our sunroom, and it rocks! Not only is it great peace of mind during the winter and possible power-outages, it lowers my regular heating bill & I get to burn stuff. With the new glass technology, you get to see the fire too :

Soapstone woodstove


I was thinking more along the lines of something like this:

www.northerntool.comView Full Size
 

Inexpensive to purchase and install, puts out enough heat to keep at least the basement comfortable (I have a walk-out basement, almost like a first floor, just unfinished), I could cook stuff on it, and because it's relatively small, I wouldn't need a ton of wood.

Plus, I've got 22 acres of swamp behind the house full of deadfall wood, and some dead trees. Fuel source if necessary in a long-term crisis.

13 Nov 2012 09:18 AM
you have pee hands     

dittybopper: /Don't try that at home, kiddies.


I singed all the hair on the back of my neck farking around with that stuff when I turned 18. Oops.

13 Nov 2012 09:20 AM
Archie Goodwin     
There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Give me your pump, the oil, the gasoline, and the whole compound, and I'll spare your lives.

13 Nov 2012 09:20 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

Archie Goodwin: There has been too much violence. Too much pain. But I have an honorable compromise. Just walk away. Give me your pump, the oil, the gasoline, and the whole compound, and I'll spare your lives.


Says the guy who hangs out with smegma crazies and gay-boy berzerkers.

13 Nov 2012 09:21 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

you have pee hands: dittybopper: /Don't try that at home, kiddies.

I singed all the hair on the back of my neck farking around with that stuff when I turned 18. Oops.


If you're not careful with it, you'll end up looking like this:

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13 Nov 2012 09:22 AM
for good or for awesome     

SkunkWerks: Homer to the rescue!

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Please tell me those buckets aren't full of gasoline.

13 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
orclover     

jfivealive: The obvious answer is to commandeer a life guard chair, then write your name in the street with the gasoline, light it on fire, strip down to your underwear, get a shotgun, and pretend to be king of the road for 5 minutes.


I like this plan, i'm proud to be a part of it.

13 Nov 2012 09:24 AM
argylez     

dittybopper: I was thinking more along the lines of something like this:

www.northerntool.com

Inexpensive to purchase and install, puts out enough heat to keep at least the basement comfortable (I have a walk-out basement, almost like a first floor, just unfinished), I could cook stuff on it, and because it's relatively small, I wouldn't need a ton of wood.

Plus, I've got 22 acres of swamp behind the house full of deadfall wood, and some dead trees. Fuel source if necessary in a long-term crisis


Those work great too. I usually get about 1.5 cords of woodstove wood delivered a year and that's about .5 more than I really need for an entire season, but I like to have extra in case of something like that.

13 Nov 2012 09:25 AM
Private_Citizen    [TotalFark]  
I know the old saying: "There are no stupid questions", but when you ask what to do with gasoline in a gas can, it becomes obvious there are stupid people.

/and stupid people ask stupid questions.

13 Nov 2012 09:26 AM
Englebert Slaptyback    [TotalFark]  

for good or for awesome


Please tell me those buckets aren't full of gasoline.


Sad but true.

13 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
ArcadianRefugee     

for good or for awesome: SkunkWerks: Homer to the rescue!

[wfsb.images.worldnow.com image 640x360]

Please tell me those buckets aren't full of gasoline.


Connecticut cops stop man who filled 30 buckets with gas and stuffed them into back of his van to take 70 miles back to New York

13 Nov 2012 09:30 AM
lenfromak    [TotalFark]  
Sounds like the problem of leftover wine that I've heard about.

13 Nov 2012 09:35 AM
Buck Henderson     

Elvis_Bogart: If it's oil/gas mix you can't run it in your car.

Gas really doesn't "keep" very well.

That's why I modified my generator and old Bronco to run on propane. It never goes bad. Plus, I can use it to keep my RV refrigerator without a generator.


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Thanks for the tip, Hank!

13 Nov 2012 09:36 AM
vudukungfu    [TotalFark]  

dittybopper: Oddly enough, electricity itself is over-rated in an emergency.

I've got means to cook, heat, and light without electricity.

Heat is the biggest of the issues, though. I've got the capacity to keep my pipes from freezing in the dead of winter, but it won't exactly be snuggly warm. Maybe I should put a small woodstove in the basement.


I have an old suburban propane furnace with a class C chimney.
It's disconnected and insulated. But in 5 minutes, can be hooked up and running safely, if the power goes out.
One small propane cylinder lasts 2.5 days. (at subzero weather)

I actually installed it during a blizzard out of boredom.

13 Nov 2012 09:37 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

vudukungfu: dittybopper: Oddly enough, electricity itself is over-rated in an emergency.

I've got means to cook, heat, and light without electricity.

Heat is the biggest of the issues, though. I've got the capacity to keep my pipes from freezing in the dead of winter, but it won't exactly be snuggly warm. Maybe I should put a small woodstove in the basement.

I have an old suburban propane furnace with a class C chimney.
It's disconnected and insulated. But in 5 minutes, can be hooked up and running safely, if the power goes out.
One small propane cylinder lasts 2.5 days. (at subzero weather)

I actually installed it during a blizzard out of boredom.


Interesting idea. I usually have a propane tank around for the grill.

13 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
vsavatar     
Drink it.

13 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
SkunkWerks     

for good or for awesome: Please tell me those buckets aren't full of gasoline.


No. I will not tell you that. It isn't true.

13 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
EKU Colonel     
Or seeing as it's winter and very likely the power may go out again, you can use it in the next month or two...

13 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
dkimball     
1. Duh, put it in your car

2.
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13 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
abhorrent1     
Oh FFS. Are people from New Jersey really that farking dumb?

13 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
PhoenixInFlames     

abhorrent1: Oh FFS. Are people from New Jersey really that farking dumb?


Most of us, no.

But you have idiots everywhere, and they tend to get the most attention.

13 Nov 2012 10:11 AM
nytmare     
Sneak out at night and put it in your neighbor's car. Reverse siphon!

13 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
eggi541     
Stupid is as stupid does. I make a nice living from people storing their power equipment filled with gas. $85 an hour labor, plus parts, plus all the free cleaning solution one could use, LOL. Drain your tanks, regardless of using Sta-Bil. Gas goes bad fast, even faster when a Winterblend. Sta-Bil is NOT the final answer to storing gas, especially ethanol blends... The little bit of money you might think you are wasting by draining at a minimum the carberator float bowl will save you come next time you go to start your equipment and it runs. As far as what may be stock-piled, heck, use it in the car or whatever. If in a metal can, best to keep filled to the top, exposed sides will create rust, if in plastic, on your own.

Cant wait for whOregon to go E85! Will be swamped with repair work as all lawnmower and other garden equipment fail due to melted inards, rotten fuel lines, and other maladies.

13 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
sdd2000     
Realize that there are people in NJ that may never have pumped their own gas before. Link

13 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
Ghengis_Socrates     

eggi541: Stupid is as stupid does. I make a nice living from people storing their power equipment filled with gas. $85 an hour labor, plus parts, plus all the free cleaning solution one could use, LOL. Drain your tanks, regardless of using Sta-Bil. Gas goes bad fast, even faster when a Winterblend. Sta-Bil is NOT the final answer to storing gas, especially ethanol blends... The little bit of money you might think you are wasting by draining at a minimum the carberator float bowl will save you come next time you go to start your equipment and it runs. As far as what may be stock-piled, heck, use it in the car or whatever. If in a metal can, best to keep filled to the top, exposed sides will create rust, if in plastic, on your own.


Thanks for that; I was on the fence re: propane generator vs. gas generator. I made up my mind now.

13 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
orclover     

eggi541: Stupid is as stupid does. I make a nice living from people storing their power equipment filled with gas. $85 an hour labor, plus parts, plus all the free cleaning solution one could use, LOL. Drain your tanks, regardless of using Sta-Bil. Gas goes bad fast, even faster when a Winterblend. Sta-Bil is NOT the final answer to storing gas, especially ethanol blends... The little bit of money you might think you are wasting by draining at a minimum the carberator float bowl will save you come next time you go to start your equipment and it runs. As far as what may be stock-piled, heck, use it in the car or whatever. If in a metal can, best to keep filled to the top, exposed sides will create rust, if in plastic, on your own.

Cant wait for whOregon to go E85! Will be swamped with repair work as all lawnmower and other garden equipment fail due to melted inards, rotten fuel lines, and other maladies.


Oh god E85, killed my weedwhacker :(

Need to find some resistant hoses now to fix it (we dont replace things unless they no longer exist in this plane of existence). We think ethanol laden gas gummed up a camero were working on, bad enough to replace the gas tank (we worked for 3 day trying to ungum it) and a few other parts.

13 Nov 2012 10:36 AM
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