Originally Posted by Race207
dude thats just cool. not getting hurt or anything but no one finding out. i'm right there with you.
I know this is off topic, but speaking of no one finding out, today as it was getting dark I decided to burn a brochure I got from Polaris in the mail. I don't like them that much since almost all of their ATVs have CVTs, which I think are retarded and for newbs who don't know how to shift, and I think they kind of started the whole CVT deal because now most of the ATVs from every ATV manufacturer have CVTs.
Anyway, I decided to burn the brochure out of hatred of the company. I had a little over a gallon of old gas with two-stroke oil and dirt in it, so I dumped a little on the brochure. Well as it kept going out and the brochure wasn't fully burned I kept dumping a little more. I probably did it about five times and knew I was pushing my luck. Well, finally I dumped some over it and didn't yank it back in time so the flame traveled up the stream of gas and lit the tip of the can on fire.
Now the smart time would be to get away from the fire and pat out the fire on the tip of the nozzle. Well, you know how it is when you just get nervous and don't know what to do, so I threw it a few feet away and it turned into a pretty big blaze within a few seconds. I yanked the gas tank out thinking I was just going to let it die down. "BUZZZ"-Wrong, for a second it seemed like that'd be the case, but then it's like the fire made a connection and it shot out a few feet towards me in a line about a two or three feet wide, so I threw the tank back out into the fire, I don't know why, but on impulse. This was under my probably 9 or 10 foot tall deck where the ground is covered in a layer of pebbles and rocks, no grass (THANK THE LORD!!!).
I stood for what felt like minutes, watching the gas slowly but steadily flow out of the nozzle in the middle of the fire, yet each minute was a second, then ran and pulled the trash bag out of our big outdoor trash-can and filled it up a little with water which I then ran over and dumped on the fire. BIG mistake, for a second it sizzled then it got bigger, I think because some of the gas that had been in the pebbles floated to the top of the water. Well, I ran back and did it one or two more times, with no success.
Then I realized what an idiot I was. I was standing on a layer of rocks.
I ran and got the shovel and started shoveling rocks over the fire until eventually I thought I got it out. I went to fill up the trash can with a little bit of water to come dump on it and when I came back a few spots of fire were back, so I dumped water on it and shoveled some rocks onto the spots andthen I got it back out for good, but went to get more water just to be on the safe side.
After a few minutes I lifted the gas tank up and a little bit of some type of steam/smoke mixture was still coming out of the large hole in the side, so I put it down and picked it up with the shovel and put it off to the side of the pebbles while I flatted the pebbles back out again with a rake and covered up where I had burned the brochure.
After I finished that, I went over and picked it back up again and threw it into the bushes between the my house and my neighbors' house, except it's really just dead, leafless bushes and the living ones covering a few spots. I covered the tank, still with about 1/3 of a tank of fuel with a 1/3 tank-full of rocks in it. I'm glad the other 1/3 of the fuel didn't burn
. I covered up the tank with leaves.
I'm going to go get the tank tomorrow morning and throw it out in the back corner of my neighbors yard where four houses, including mine, meet. There are a TON of vines back there and a few pieces of junk back there, some the neighbors' behind my next-door neighbors' yard, as there's a gap in their corner where you can walk through to their house.
I wish the tank hadn't burned because my friend and I like to use the dirty, useless gas in it to burn things, and that was my only spare tank that I only used for bad fuel. Maybe I'll just go to a hardware store and buy a 5-gallon plastic-can with a lid to put all of my old, dirty fluids in. I do have a little magarita mix bucket for old fuel, but all that's in there is motor oil with a little bit of a 2-stroke mixture in it, so that probably won't burn that great
. Oh well!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that my mom was upstairs in the third floor (if you count the basement, which I was out side of; at the front of the house the second floor is the "first" floor as our yard is a slight hill. Luckily she was still taking a nap, but I think she got up sometime when I was finishing cleaning up outside, but she didn't know!