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Fuel Storage: One Data Point

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by Vaughn, Sep 6, 2005.

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  1. Vaughn

    Vaughn Guest

    There was a spirited thread on this subject a few weeks ago. Just wanted
    to add this:

    Thanks to some careless stock rotation, I was able to perform a simple
    experiment today. I filled the tank of my B&S lawnmower engine with 4 year-old
    gas. It started on the first pull and happily cut my lawn. The gas had been
    treated with Stabil http://www.goldeagle.com/sta-bil/ and carefully sealed in
    the can. Well...I TRIED to carefully seal it in the can, but nearly a gallon
    had evaporated over the years. It had been stored in a utility shed in S.
    Florida temperatures. I suppose I could extend the experiment by trying the
    remainder of the can in something more expensive to repair, but I won't.

    Stabil is supposed to preserve gas for "up to 12 months" or up to 24 months
    if you are willing to invest in a double dose. I used the regular dose. Briggs
    & Stratton also sells a product called "Fuel Stabilizer Plus" that seems to only
    be available in 1 oz. pillows. They claim that 1 oz. will preserve 2.5 gallons
    for 24 months.

    Vaughn
     
  2. Stabil is great stuff. You can find it at marine stores. I allways add Stabil when I top off the boat for the winter.

    Cheers
     
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