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Water and Diesel mix, what to do?

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I got a mess. This farmer said that he had a barrel of old diesel that he collected when changing tanks and wanted to give it away before the bottom rotted out of the barrel like the other one. So i snaged it, he loaded it on the PU with a front end loader and I took it home and off loaded it with the use of the pneumatic pump into another barrel on the ground. Well it turns out there must have been a ton of water in there and the pump did a good job of making an immulsion of gooey mess when I transferred it.

I put a samle in a 1 foot tall glass container to observe and it looks like it might take a year or more to separate. I don't know of a place to dispose of this mess around here but there may be one and I am unaware.

Any suggestions on how to dispose of this mess the "right way"
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Try heating the barrel. The water should drop out to the bottom, and the diesel should stay on the top.
Heating and settling your waste diesel fuel are good ideas. You would want to be careful how and where you heat a barrel of diesel fuel, because the whole thing could blow up in you. And, make sure the lid is off so the pressure in the drum does not build up. I would put the drum in the sun on a sheet of ply wood and place a clear plastic 55 gallon "contractor" bag over the barrel and let the sun heat it. The temp should not exceed 150F. The water should separate out in a day or two of cycling the drum temperature.
...Yeah...what he said.
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