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post #1 of 22 Old 09-24-2014, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Question Snowblower - Fuel Stabilizer (Ethanol)

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The freight company that is delivering my parent's snowblower called yesterday to schedule a delivery. The guy then tried to upsell me a bottle of "fuel stabilizer (ethanol)" because he said the snowblower's warranty wouldn't cover damages made by ethanol gas.

Do you guys always use a "fuel stabilizer" in your snowblower? What gas do you usually buy for it?

I found this on Home Depot; so I could always get this if I really need it.

8 oz. Fuel Stabilizer-22208 at The Home Depot

Thank you!
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-24-2014, 11:40 AM
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I always use seafoam with marine stabil in all my small engines and I never run into trouble. Due to the fact that the fuel for you snowblower may sit for a few weeks before you use it all up I definitely recommend some kind of stabilizer. Not sure about the warranty thing, but I would use it regardless.

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Just don't use gas with ethanol in it.

Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. and Canada

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I use fuel additives with all of my small engines. For just a few dollars extra, it's just good to know that gas won't go bad within a reasonable timeframe.

What I use for ethanol treatment is Lucas Safeguard Ethanol Fuel Treatment. I never had any issue when using it. It stabilizes the fuel and prevents the corrosion associated with ethanol blend gasoline.
There are other products may chime in with, too.

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I have never mixed anything with any of my gas except for 2 stroke oil for some things. Never used any of the stabilizer or anything like that.

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I am pretty sure that Stihl has additives in their 2-stroke oil. Its possible that other 2-stroke oil does too.

For my newer lawn mower, I add some stabilizer to the gasoline can each time I fill it up. I just hear it breaks down too fast. I try to buy smaller amounts too!
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Stabil's Marine product is very good.
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Like Shryp I hardly use additives. Canada is known for its good gasoline products. I had my gas in a 13hp Tecumseh for 2 years one time and it started on first draw. But now I put some Stabil for the 7 months the snowblower engine is stopped and I don't remove the gas as well in my mowers and they start everytime.

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Unfortunately, around here they no longer sell non-ethanol gasoline. So I too use Marine StaBil in all of my fuel that goes into everything but our cars, including my 2 stroke outboard, string trimmer, snowblower, mower, and backpack blower. Have not had an ethanol related fuel issue other than the plastic (UGH) carb bowls on my outboard warped and had to be replaced. I guess it's a common occurrence unfortunately.

But a big thumbs up from me in using Marine StaBil and / Sea Foam products. Cheap insurance.

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Use stabilizer. Ethanol will attract moisture. It also tends to corrode brass parts and turns fuel line into a black goop. Put the stabilizer in the gas when you get it, right in the jerry can ideally.
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