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Old 06-11-2019, 10:46 PM
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Someone HELP Please. I started my first Gas Biplane today and when I put the plane back in my basement the whole basement smells like gas. Before I get turned off can someone give me suggestions on what to do about the smell ???
I was going to try Coleman fuel but there was to many mixed feelings on it. such as #1- low octane #2 - use octane booster (How much) #3- dealer won't warranty engine if you use it. I did empty airplanes tank. What else can I do ?? The other issue is bringing gas back and forth to the field in your car. Now the car is going to smell as well. I use to fly Nitro many years ago and just recently started with electric ( not a big fan ) So how can I make this more enjoyable ?? Thanks for any and all suggestions. Much appreciated.-
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:06 PM
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If you’re planning to go the specific fuel route, use Sunoco Optima fuel. It’s expensive, but won’t stink everything up. Buy in a 5-gal pail, add 16 oz bottle of redline oil and you’re good to go. When it evaporates it won’t leave that nasty smell on your hands or anything else. There are other options to plug vent lines, etc. But I can’t stand the aromatics of pump gas.
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Old 06-11-2019, 11:24 PM
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I am sure the Sunoco Optima is a good option. I use Avgas 100LL. Its as close to odorless as you can get and evaporates similar to rubbing alcohol and leaves no residue. I am not worried about it "voiding" any warranty, before you ship an engine off to be fixed just pour some stinky auto gas on it and inside. I store planes inside garage and spare bedroom no smell at all. Currently I am paying $3.50 gallon
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Old 06-12-2019, 03:55 AM
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I use the pre mixed gas in a can you can buy at Loweís or advance auto. Itís expensive but my engines seem to love it! Iím sure if I were out flying all the time I wouldnít spend the money but Iím lucky to get one or two weekends a month.
Also make sure all your fuel tubing connections tight and secured.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:47 AM
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Did u plug your vent line and exaust before taking plane into the house...I've stored many gas planes in my house...very little if any smell
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Old 06-12-2019, 05:07 AM
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Before you pack the plane into your car at the flying field, plug the vent line with a fuel dot. Plug the exhaust outlets with a rolled up wad of paper towel. Be super careful not to spill gas on the fueling jug or aircraft if you defuel. Clean the entire plane with Windex or your favorite cleaner before you put it in your vehicle.

When you get home
Store the plane horizontally. Do not store the plane on its nose leaning against the wall.

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Make sure your fueling jug (1, 2 or 5 gallon, whatever you are using) is not leaking or seeping any fuel. The fittings must all be tightly sealed and completely dry before it goes into your vehicle. A small wet spot of gas can make a surprisingly big stink. For safety, definitely store that in your garage or shed, not in your basement.

I use regular 89 octane or 93 pump gas (depending on the engine) with Sta-Bil fuel stabilizer and 3-line tanks in my planes. The vent line has a loop over the top of the tank which is normal good practice to reduce/eliminate siphoning in flight. My planes are stored in the garage and/or sometimes go directly into my indoor shop. No smell at all.


Last, if you notice any smell when unpacking your car, don't bring it into your house! Something is probably leaking. Find the source and address it.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:16 AM
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Basement ?
Fumes ?
Water Heater ?




Boom !
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:22 PM
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All my planes are stored in the basement and there are zero odor issues. Believe me .... my wife would tell me if there were! I don't do anything fancy to prevent odors other than wiping the planes off before bringing them in and making sure there are no drips or other fuel residue. Tanks are thoroughly drained! Fuel can is stored in the garage with the lawn equipment jugs. About the only time I have a gas odor in the basement is when I'm working on a carb or fuel system.
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:25 PM
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Did u plug your vent line and exaust before taking plane into the house...I've stored many gas planes in my house...very little if any smell
I do this every time I take my plane into the house. Changes in temperature can cause pressure differences in the tank causing the fumes to be expelled into the room.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:27 PM
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I do this every time I take my plane into the house. Changes in temperature can cause pressure differences in the tank causing the fumes to be expelled into the room.
The temperature in my basement doesn't change more than 2 degrees year around. I never plug any openings.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:01 PM
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I find it helps considerably to run your tanks dry.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:44 PM
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I agree with all the above statements really. I plug my fuel line vent(don't forget to remove before filling your tank)... as well as stick some wadded up paper towel in the exhaust.

I don't have any problem with fuel/gas odor(my wife would definitely tell me). There has been occasion where I've spilled or leaked gas in/around the engine, and then it will give off odor, but I let it sit out for a day or 2 and it will evaporate fine. I also drain my tanks after each flying day. I never leave fuel in anything.

I even store a few planes in my back bedroom(we call it the plane room), and there's zero evidence of gas smell.

Are you sure you don't have any leaks or openings in your fuel system that would allow vapors or fuel moisture to escape?
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:26 PM
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Help part-2

Its seems like many people are using different types of gas. Why ? Because of the smell. So it also seems I am not the only one that is having a problem. Yes my vent line is plugged and my plane is washed down. Gas has an extremely powerful smell. I can't believe one can take there plane with a container of gas back and forth to the field and have no smell in there car or in there house. If just a few drops go on your hand and you wash your hand your hand will still smell of this gas. Anyway I really appreciate the recommendation for these different fuels. I will try them. I got some ordered already. Happy flying---- Check these photos out - A little eye candy
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:07 PM
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Sounds like you should fly larger scale electric.. if you don’t wanna smell gas at all with your setup of transporting in a car and storing inside it’s gonna be tough. I just run 93 octane with redline oil. Aviation fuel smells good when it burns but it has lead in it so it has a different smell and it’s on the expensive side. I used to run it in my high compression 2 stroke dirt bikes and race quads.. before 9/11 we could go out to the fuel truck at the Airport and fill up but that’s done now!
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:04 PM
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I love the smell of gas and oil....
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