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  1. I tried that but I have been told that tightened environmental regulations has killed off the 'burn anything' type of heater. Local scrap yards are also paying for disposal now. I got a quote for disposal that was more than the cost of clean diesel from a forecourt.
  2. Can anyone suggest any way to get rid of >100 L of sticky diesel? It works fine for diesel heating.
  3. Following our issue with sticky diesel (/topic/109029-sticky-diesel-stops-several-canal-boats) we had to drain our fuel tank. The resulting diesel is now in a drum on our mooring. There is about 120 liters. I am not prepared to put it back in my fuel tank although it looks crystal clean. It will run a heating system for anyone with a separate tank. I'm happy for anyone to take it. We're moored in Leighton Buzzard, just south of Leighton Lock. It'll need to be collected by water because getting a full drum up the steps from the garden would be a serious challenge. Drop me a note if you're interetsed in taking it, or have any other suggestions for disposal.
  4. So, finally, my solution to all this. It turned out that the sticky residue is soluble in diesel, so I got a gallon of white from the local garage and a bulb-pump (they type used with outboards) and pushed it through my fuel lines, including the lift pump and priming pump. Then I ran the engine on the white to draw it though the injector pump too. The main problem was caused by the sticky residue gluing the inlet valves shut and the spring pressure from the pump insufficient to pull them open. A positive pressure from the other side solved that. I drained the main fuel tank and washed it out with a 50:50 mix of white diesel and paraffin using a garden spray. Using a temporary tank linked into the fuel and spill lines, I could then drive the boat to our nearest marina to put some red into the tank. Fingers crossed that I never have to do all this again!
  5. Having resolved the issue with the engine, we now have a 120L drum & a 20L container of clean-looking diesel. It is, however, 'sticky' (see separate thread), so not suitable for our Beta 38. It will run heaters & such gravity-fed systems. If you can use it, come and get it from Leighton Buzzard. The drum is water-side and would be challenging to move up teh steps to get to the road.
  6. We have had serious issues with sticky diesel ("Sticky Diesel" stops several canal boats) and the universal advice is to empty and clean the fuel tank and start again with clean diesel. So we now have about 120 L of clean-lookng diesel that I would not put into an engine. It will run a stove without problem (no injector pump ...). The diesel is in a 100 L barrel plus 20 L or so in a container that I'd like to keep. Free to anyone who can take it away. Access by water is vastly less complicated than handling the drum up the garden steps. We're in Leighton Buzzard, just south of Leighton lock.
  7. That will be my next attempt. I got a pop pressing down on the priming pump (presumably the exit valve) but I couldn't get the inlet to free up.
  8. The primary problem is that the valves inside the lift & priming pumps are sticking. Attached is a picture of the priming pump with the top cut off. The tank was cleaned and the fuel polished last summer. The issue is that the valves had to be cracked open mechanically, which they did with a pop. The new lift pump and priming pump have only be in 3 weeks, so I was hoping to be able to clean the fuel lines and these components rather than have to replace everything. Once the fuel is moving the engine runs fine all day.
  9. So this biocide breaks down the sticky residue that is gumming the valves in my lift & priming pump?
  10. OK this sounds very similar to my current situation. Question: how do you clean the tank and fuel lines? And indeed the lift and priming pump? Will running through with Diesel Injector Cleaner mixed in clean diesel from a fuel can help?
  11. The "milepost" was installed by our neighbour, John Herrick, now sadly deceased. He has a memorial plaque near the side pond of Leighton lock. Wednesday will be fine. Do you know how to get to the other side of those houses? We're No 6
  12. That works for me. Do you want to pick it up by water or road?
  13. Yes, if we still had our old BMC ... We've had huge amounts of grief with our fuel system on our current Beta 38 and ended up replacing the lift and priming pumps and having the injector pump and injectors refurbished. We're consequently very wary of what we put in the tank. It'll wear off in time, I'm sure. For now, we're happy for someone else to take that particular step.
  14. We had a problem with the fuel system on our boat resulting in the engine bilge filling up with diesel. So I now have 50 L of red diesel somewhat contaminated with a bit of engine oil from my engine bay. The stern gland is separate, so very little water. Is this of any use to anyone? Suitable for more tolerant engines than ours, I'd guess. To be collected from Leighton Buzzard. Currently its in 2 x 25L containers and we'd like to hold on to them, so bring something into which you can decant. If no one wants it, any suggestions for disposal?
  15. I just discovered that Jabsco sell a service kit (new membrane) for this - a bit more than half the cost of a new unit. Problem nearly solved. The SeaFlo unit (less than the cost of the service kit) say that its for drinking water.
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