Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Evaporation, Gasoline & Ethanol
Damocles' outdated/forgotten comment to Tom Schmitz this AM,
Quote, "Once billeted with a British Army of the Rhine mess at Rheindahlen, Germany, I brought home a bottle of Glenmorangie.
Somehow, over time, it must have EVAPORATED! "
reminded me of some medical grade test tubes, DEQ sample tubes and a Tostitos Queso Cheese jar that I have in my shop with gasoline samples in them.
The 3 medical grade test tubes dated between 06/2011 & 12/2014 have allowed most of the gasoline to evaporate out thru the gasket and cap.
One of the 2 DEQ sampler tubes dated 04/2012 has allowed about Half of the Startron treated gasoline to evaporate, but the other un-treated sample dated 05/2012 hasn't hardly allowed any evaporation.
The 16oz Tostitos jar with food grade gasket on the steel cap is dated 10/2007 and has about 3 equal parts of rust sludge, water and gasoline from the antiquated fork lift we purchased that year.
It has sat in the window, by my work bench for 6 & 1/2 years and I can't tell if it has lost a bit of fluid volume. But it smells odd and is quite Brown.
I guess that my point is, our carburators and fuel tanks are vented and allow even faster evaporation. When it evaporates, it usually leaves some nasty varnish behind.
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