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Let it run out of gas ??

Or just leave the fuel inside, every 2 months or so, start it up, let it run for 15-20 mins, then shut off. I know it's the wrong time of year to ask this question but I have a bet with my neighbor.
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This question comes up all the time and there is no definitive answer. With modern "stabilizers" for ethanol gasoline, you can leave gas in your small engines for at least 6 months, and probably much longer. I am an old guy who has always run my small engines dry and then fogged the cylinder and carb and have never had a "no start" situation in the new season. Different strokes for different folks. MH

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I love Stabil......works great for me.....put away lawnmower and snowblower. Always a easy start come whatever season.
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There is no one specific right answer to summer storage.
there are pros and cons either way..

For several years I was a "leave gas in it" guy, because of the theory that leaving gas in it "lubricates" gaskets, which might dry out otherwise..
and because of the theory that draining the gas lines and storing it "dry" could leave small amounts of gas behind, in the carb and the fuel line, you could never get it ALL out, and that small amount of leftover gas would be *more* likely to dry out and cause sticky varnish! but if you left the whole system full of gas, that wouldnt happen..
all good theorys..

But now I have switched to the "drain it fully for the summer" side of the coin..
because the gas quality is so bad these days! that I think its just better to get it all out of there for 8-months of storage. I try to get as much gas out as possible, and leave the gas tank off and covered lossly with a rag for a few weeks, to try to let the remainder evaporate away..drain the carb bowl too.

IMO, either way is probably fine. More people do prefer the "full drain" route though..60/40 in favor of draining..we had a poll:

https://www.snowblowerforum.com/forum...er-summer.html

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i drain all the gas out by removing the carb bowl and draining the gas into a container so i can use it in my mower. i then squirt some oil in the cylinder, put the plug back in, and put it away for the summer/winter
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At the end of every season I undo the gas line at the tank, drain the tank, and run the rest of the gas out of the engine. I do the same for my lawnmowers too, they always fire right up as soon as I pour gas in them.

I forgot to drain my old Cooper Clipper mower about a year and a half ago though. I never use it, and I'm gonna have to clean that mess out next spring.....
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i drain all the gas out by removing the carb bowl and draining the gas into a container so i can use it in my mower. i then squirt some oil in the cylinder, put the plug back in, and put it away for the summer/winter
+1. That's exactly what I do every year with all my equipment, never had a problem when I restart the following season.

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I'm becoming a believer in the drain it dry school. It seems even with the stabilizer it is becoming more of a problem keeping the gasoline in good condition. I never ever thought that I'd change my thinking on this. In the poll that Scot posted I was one of the monirity to vote for keeping the fuel in the machine.

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I'm becoming a believer in the drain it dry school. It seems even with the stabilizer it is becoming more of a problem keeping the gasoline in good condition. I never ever thought that I'd change my thinking on this. In the poll that Scot posted I was one of the monirity to vote for keeping the fuel in the machine.
I guess it might be the way as long as they are shoving ethanol down on us. Without ethanol I would be definitively in the leave the gas camp.

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I'll pump the gas out of the tank back into the gas can and run it dry, when I remember.

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