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Old 20-04-2010, 15:13   #1
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Getting Rid of Old Diesel Fuel in RI Area ?

Our new to us boat has about 70-80 gallons of old Diesel that I would like to get rid of. We are hauling the boat at Clarks Marina in Jamestown RI. Can anyone reccomend a company that will come and take the fuel? I am not interested in "polishing services" as I have been down that road on my last boat and did not like the ride. I would like to get rid of this old fuel, clean out the tank, and refill with fresh fuel. This diesel is 3-4 years old. I am open to the idea of getting 55 gallon drums and pumping it myself if someone will come pick up the drums. Thanks,
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Unless it is contaminated there will be nothing wrong with the diesel. Find a friendly yachtie and offer it to him for free if he removes. Worth about $600 this side of the pond.

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Old 20-04-2010, 15:44   #3
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Um. Okay if you say so. In that case any yachties want this stuff? Its been sitting for a long time and is fairly dark in color. I would like to be rid of it and clean the tank before the trip down the coast to Annapolis.
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Old diesel is aceptable for recycling as used oil.

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Our new to us boat has about 70-80 gallons of old Diesel that I would like to get rid of. We are hauling the boat at Clarks Marina in Jamestown RI. Can anyone recommend a company that will come and take the fuel? I am not interested in "polishing services" as I have been down that road on my last boat and did not like the ride. I would like to get rid of this old fuel, clean out the tank, and refill with fresh fuel. This diesel is 3-4 years old. I am open to the idea of getting 55 gallon drums and pumping it myself if someone will come pick up the drums. Thanks,
Most marinas have a tank.

If you suspect bugs in the fuel, this might be a good time to treat with biocide.
http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/p/...-biocides.html.
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There is indeed a "shelf life" and diesel can get old and non-usable. If anyone wants to verify, check out the BP Oil site for additional info.
There are any number of marinas in Jamestown and Newport that will accept old fuel as well as waste oil for recycling or burning in their boiler.
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Had the same problem last year when I was moored in Bristol RI. Asked some friends locally and they were happy to take it home and burn it in their home boiler for heat and hot water. Mixed in a larger tank it burned just fine.
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Thanks. Can you reccommend a specific marina in the newport area? The boat was at the hinckley yard in portsmouth and they wanted $1,000 to take the fuel. Obviously that was a rip off...
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If there is no algae growth in the fuel, it will burn fine in a boiler. A lot of fabrication/mechanic/etc shops will use a waste oil furnace which can burn just about anything and I am sure they wouldn't mind having the fuel. You could also give it away to someone to burn in a truck or boat, just make sure that they are fully aware of the condition of it.

You could also have a heck of a bonfire. We have a bonfire each year that we start with ~25 gallons of diesel to get it going quick.
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find any recycle oil center, they end up refining it.
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There should be quite a few detroit diesels, read commercial fishermen, around you, they will burn almost anything. Seems to me you ought to be able to get your tanks emptied for free.
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Thanks. Can you reccommend a specific marina in the newport area? The boat was at the hinckley yard in portsmouth and they wanted $1,000 to take the fuel. Obviously that was a rip off...
Newport Onshore, Brewers in either Wickford or Cowesset (Greenwich Bay) or Allen Harbor.
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Thanks Illusion I will call those folks tomorrow.
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