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Fuel in tank in off season

What camp do you fall in

Full tank of spiked gas left over the season

or

Try to run as minimal as the SB season wears down and the tank and carb is completely dry.

I suppose there will probably be 50/50 responses on this...
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I suppose there will probably be 50/50 responses on this...
This.
I like keeping the gaskets wet and with metal gas tanks little room for condensation.
Oh, and I use sea foam.
But it is a mixed camp for sure.
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Am with dbert camp on this one.

Snow Removal Apparatus I own:
Ariens ST1530DLE, and good ole arm powered scrapper.
The 15 HP is a new Ducar engine sold
by Princess Auto in Canada.
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I add stabilizer to a full tank and shut off the fuel to the motor while it is running and let the carb run out of gas..

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on my clones i drain the tanks and run the carb dry, make sure the fuel valve is off and spray the inside of the tank with pb blaster
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1) Warm it up so I know it will start easy
2) Siphon tank empty
3) Run it till it dies

I'm usually putting about 6 machines to bed in April and done in a rotation is might take :30 for the bunch.

Fill and start next season.

Run "small engine ethanol Stabil" at all times for in season protection.

I tried the "full with Stabil" method for the off season with horrific results. Pre-Ethanol anything worked.

2 strokes love true Fuel but that would be expensive to blow snow with. For the chainsaw, blower and string trimmer it's a nice way to go. They are also drained and run dry for extended storage.

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If there is a shut off, I leave stabilized fuel in the tank and let the carb run dry. If there is no shut off, I drain the tank, let the carb run dry and slosh some two-stroke oil around the bottom of the tank. I always run stabilizer, always, always. And I feel that 89 octane is not as susceptible to fuel drawing water out of the atmosphere as 87; but that's just one man's observation.....probably making that up in my head....
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I hardly really use stabilizer but keep a can on hand....

With the Jerry Can's, I keep fuel (for the generator, etc), I just rotate the gas into the car every 6 months or so. The Jerry Cans would rather swell than vent - they are that tight....

As the SB season dwindles down, I just try to keep as much fuel as I need to run it and at the end of the season, I drain it out .
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I run the tanks and carbs dry. Leave it out in the sun for a day with the cap off, then i fog the inside of the tank with wd40 and put a few teaspoons down the spark plug hole pull it over a few times leave it at TDC and put the plug back in. I like to put a piece of plastic bag under the fuel cap to help keep out any moisture that might be sucked in via the vent hole.
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Last winter someone here posted Ariens recommendation, which I followed.

Metal gas tanks, add stabilizer and keep them full to prevent
rust on the inside surfaces of the tank, which is what I did.

If my blower had a plastic tank, I would run it dry........

I used to use Sta Bil, then switched to Seafoam for a few years before
switching to Ethanol Shield, based on lab test results that I've seen.
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