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post #1 of 25 Old 03-30-2017, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Which Sta-Bil product to use?

I went to the Sta-Bil website to read about their products and I learned they have a lot of different but similar products. So which one to use? the stabilizer, fuel cleaner, their additive product when using ethanol gas, they have several products which emit a vapor to prevent the gas tank from rusting. The latter was mentioned on SBF recently.

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Submitted on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 13:11
Which product should I be using to stabilize my gas in my lawn mowers and snowblowers in the off season and in between snows. the gasoline in my area has 10% ethanol. I'm more interested in fuel stabilization than a fuel cleaner as I do use fuel carb cleaners. I don't know if the 10% ethanol is important to my situation for your recommendation.


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Hello John,

Thank you for contacting Gold Eagle (Sta-Bil). For storing and protecting your equipment, and use during seasonal use we definitely recommend treating your fuel with STA-BIL 360® Performance™. It is specially efficient in ethanol blended fuels to protect against corrosion, rust and water issues. It will keep fuel fresh up to 12 months. Hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Best regards,

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It may keep your fuel fresh but don't count on the carburetor being safe. Dry off season storage has been much more predicable. I think the 360 line is new but their prior Ethanol products didn't serve me well through the off season. I'm in no hurry to revisit the November surprise.
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None. Startron and seafoam blend.
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use startron, stabil is junk. if you have a medal tank add 2 capfulls of two stroke oil for rust prevention
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I have used the 360 the past 2 years since it was released to the market and not one problem with the snowblowers I have used it on. I do fire these engines up once every 2 months or so during the spring and summer.
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Yeah, I've had good luck with the Stabil products over the years. I think the "360" product is what I have now. I've also had good luck with the others mentioned.


I'm running my machines dry and re-filling with 1/2 qt of the synthetic gasoline before putting things away for the season. That product is supposed to be good for 2 years and doesn't need any further additization.

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I'm not much of a fuel connoisseur, but use the red Sta-bil once in a while. I use some 2-cycle oil in the fuel to fog the engine for off-season layup and keep the tank from rusting. Then some carb cleaner in the fuel when the season starts up again.

Whatever additives you use or don't use, as long as you don't something like pee in the fuel tank, it should be fine.

I find that a heavy dose of carb cleaner at the start of the season is the most beneficial.

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Why 2 cycle oil? Why not an engine oil, multi viscosity, straight 30, or non detergent 30? Years ago prior to 2 cycle oil they use to use non detergent 30.

How do you fog your metal gas tank and with what?

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any two stroke oil. i buy the big gallon of supertech
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I use the Blue sta-Bil. I think it's called 360 marine. Either way, I added to everything year round.

Last year I stored my Honda with a full tank of fresh, treated, non ethanol gas and the bowl empty.

This year I forgot ask my snowmobiling buddy to bring me back any non ethanol gas so... I'm storing totally dry this season.

I also fog my machines with CRC engine stor.

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