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Posted by Martin Riddle on June 4, 2010, 10:44 pm

Gasoline generator aren't so bad,  Just run it yearly under load, then
run the tank dry. Drain the carb bowl and it'll start the next year.
Gas keeps for 3 months with out additives, and 6 or more with.  I
regularly rotate 30 gallons of gas in the boat and jerry cans, its
slightly stale, but doesn’t gum things up.  I use the starbright fuel
stabilizer, available in marine stores.


Posted by vaughn on June 4, 2010, 11:50 pm

Yep, that actually works.  But seldom actually done.

Some engines these days have a special drain in the float bowl to help you do
that.  Read the manual.  There may be other storage instructions.  Honda tells
you to put a tablespoon of oil in the cylinder and pull it through a few times
to fog the engine with the oil.  Then replace the spark plug and pull the engine
through until you feel compression, now you know that both valves are shut!

 >and it'll start the next year.

Like I said, following the storage instructions works!

I use Stabil and usually keep the gas about 18 months (Through two hurricane
seasons)  After that, I burn it in my Accord and it always runs fine.  Always
write the vintage date on the can so I don't screw up.  However...I found a
5-year-old can of treated gas hiding in the back of my shed.  More than a gallon
had evaporated, but the rest ran just fine in my lawnmower.


Posted by Martin Riddle on June 5, 2010, 8:47 pm

Speaking of storing gas. Does anyone know of a good source of 5 gal
Jerry cans?  The old Mil style.  I have 2 left, and the new poly cans
seem to leak even tho they hold pressure.

The Blitz cans come close, but look cheap. I have the flex adaptor that
will work with the 4 tab screw cap.


Posted by vaughn on June 5, 2010, 10:25 pm

No, but perhaps I should also be looking.

  The old Mil style.  I have 2 left, and the new poly cans

I am convinced that they seep right through the plastic.  After 18 months of
storage, I usually have about 4 gallons left in a 5 gallon plastic can, even
though I close them up very carefully.  In the warmest part of the afternoon,
there is often  a distinct odor of gasoline in my storage shed.

I have even considered a 55-gallon steel drum, but part of my rational is to
have gas on hand to evacuate with.  In that case, I would probably carry at
least an extra tank of gas with me, because gas stations will be empty, and the
roads are liable to be jammed and glacially slow.


Posted by Ralph Mowery on June 5, 2010, 10:35 pm

I don't know about the type that is used for gas, but I do know the plastic
used for the soft drink bottles will let out the carbonation gas.  I work
for a company that makes the polyester that is used in the bottles.  If you
look at the 2 or 3 liter bottles on the store shelves you will see some that
look fuller than the others.  Do not get them,but get the ones that look
like they have less in them.  They are fresher.  When the gas escapes the
bottles are not pushed out as much so it looks like the level in them goes
That is one reason beer is not put in those kinds of plastic bottles.
Goes flat to soon.

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