Thanks. Found this:
What is the shelf life of STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer?
2 years after the bottle has been opened, provided it has been tightly
capped and stored in a cool, dry place.
Actually the info at the site doesn't make sense.
One oz in 2-1/2 gallons gas keeps the gas fresh
for 12 months, and to keep gas for 24 months use
twice as much Sta-bil. But, pure sta-bil is good
for only 24 months after being opened. In other
words, everything goes bad in 24 months. The site
also say that gas can go bad in 60 days.
Anyone who has 3 vehicles and only 2 drivers and
anyone who has a vehicle used only for recreation
in the summer knows that gas does not go bad in
60 days. In fact, for most of us, gas regularly
stays fine for a minimum of 6 months. In a full
tank gas stays fine for at least 12 months and
probably for 24 months. 24 months for gas is
getting iffy, but then sta-bil according to the
site isn't good for more than 24 months either.
Sounds to me like Sta-bil and gas deteriorate at
about the same rate.
On Wed, 23 Nov 2005 07:37:36 GMT, "George E. Cawthon"
24 months? Even 12 months is stretching it.
In the past, my untreated mowers and tractors, shut down in October,
would not start in April unless I added fresh gas to the tank.
The guy who services the chain saw said to change the gas every month
and told me to always use high octane. Maybe 2-cycle engines are
touchier, I dunno.
You might want to think about changing your
service guy! Think about what adding oil to gas
does to the octane.
If your mowers and tractors won't start in April
then you are doing something wrong that has
nothing to do with gasoline deterioration.
I just run my stuff dry in the fall. No problems in the spring. I do
put a little stabilizer in it on the last run.
High octane will not help in any way. I suggest your guy does not know
as much as he thinks. He still may be doing a good job for you. I also
think the idea of changing out the gas every month is a hoot. It stays in
the stations tanks longer than that.
On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 19:26:04 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Jack) wrote:
I have a collector car which sits through the cold Minnesota winter every
year, and the gas has never been a problem.
In fact, recently the car sat for three years without being started,
through cold Minnesota winters, and it still starts OK, and the gasoline
has never been a problem.
Don't know why people spend money on Stabil!
DYSLEXICS OF THE WORLD UNTIE!
On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 12:09:53 -0600, Alan email@example.com wrote:
=======================I use to use STABIL in my snow blower...now I just drain the tank
every spring..refill it in the fall... That was the only machine I
ever had problems
Like Alan I store a "few" cars over the winter (and I do not start
them at all during storage) and have been storing at least one car
over the winter for about 30 years now..never had any problems .. I
do try to store them with full tanks of gasoline...but honestly that
is just my preference..
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