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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2010 12:02:52 PM

There's bound to be a few of us who are curious how long the shelf life of gasoline is- whether you have a vehicle in storage, let your boat sit all winter, or if you have lawnmower gasoline that's been sitting a while.

There's not a magical sell by date for gasoline like there is for other products, but gasoline will slowly deteriorate over time and eventually be worthless. I'll go over a few ways to keep gasoline for years.

First, don't expect gasoline to last long in an open air container, such as a 5 gallon gasoline container. Unless you've sealed your red container, the air will slowly suck the life out of the gasoline. Like I said, there's no magical date, but after a few months, gasoline will deteriorate to the point...

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46chief
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 12:15:18 PM

Good info.
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2014 7:12:10 PM

I had to clean the carburetor of a John Deere riding lawn mower three times in order to get the old fuel and free it of varnish. Told the owner to run the engine until it runs out of fuel before storing it for the winter.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2014 1:00:31 AM

ok that was long but necessary, now I have a better understanding of gas storage/usage limits
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2014 10:09:25 AM

very good information....tnx
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 12:06:20 AM

Good to know
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3:36:35 PM

Q
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2014 6:44:52 AM

"First, don't expect gasoline to last long in an open air container" - stating the obvious.
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2014 7:01:38 AM

I put fuel stabilizer in all gas running engines and run the engine for a 1 or 2 minutes.( lawn, outboards, chain saws, etc.) and fill the tanks. Also add 2 cycle oil in the plugs at TDC to prevent condensation, it protects the engines. A few pulls in the spring to get the oil out and all is good. In The winter it may drop to 40 below in Canada.



[Edited by: Gsguzzlr at 8/24/2014 7:03:39 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 23, 2014 7:53:21 PM

okay
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you have to pay attention to your machines
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Message Posted: Aug 17, 2014 6:21:14 AM

Good post.
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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2014 3:03:50 PM

I don't empty the tank in the fall, I just cross my fingers in the spring.
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 8:48:53 PM

I do not store gasoline.
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Yep
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Nothing good lasts forever!
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 1:17:45 PM

GOOD INFO!
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Yeah!
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 1:13:00 PM

if it is going into storage for a long time, is best to drain the fuel tank and run the engine till it stops. after a while the fuel pump gums up and it takes a bit to get it running again, unless you change the pump.
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:58:59 PM

If I plan on keeping too long I will throw in an additive to the mix.
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 12:05:58 AM

stays usable longer than I thought.
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 2:02:39 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 1:25:16 AM

Good info for everyone
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 9:20:32 PM

don't own a lawnmower or boat and certainly don't have that issue with my cars
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 10:22:04 AM

I have had that problem and had to rebuild the carburetor on the mower.
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 10:23:14 AM

If your lawnmower has a 4-cycle engine ,you can put any unused gasoline in your car or truck .
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 6:57:26 AM

Never buy more than you can use in 30 days.
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Raider44
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 6:56:15 AM

who stores their gas in open containers?
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 1:21:33 AM

Good useful info..
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 5:52:43 PM

I use the additive Stabil that will keep gas fresh for several months.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 10:54:33 AM

Useful, if sparse, information.
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 12:24:41 PM

I have been using Ethanol Defense by Bell Performance they have been in business since 1909 making fuel additives,longer than any other fuel additive on the market so they must be doing something right and making a good additive
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 9:39:14 AM

I don't buy in on this. Ethanol gasoline does not have a long life unless you add a stabilizer and the gasoline will still break down. This is more of an advertisement.
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 8:27:54 AM

Today's fuel is so much more efficient than that of years ago. We had outboards when I was growing up. Over the winter, the gas would "varnish". That is not the case anymore. It takes a lot more time now.
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 8:08:08 AM

I want old Gas ..Prices..
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Message Posted: May 23, 2014 7:05:47 AM

How do you dispose of bad/old gasoline ?
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 2:27:01 PM

My suburban was sitting for about ten years, it smelled nasty when we first started it again... flushed it out with fresh gas and it seems to be alright now
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 1:13:47 PM

The gas stored in a new car tank may still run, but products like Stabil, when run through the engine from the tank, are also a preventative to gumming.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:38:05 AM

It lasts longer than you would think.
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 6:46:55 PM

maybe use Stabil???
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 2:48:27 PM


Good information that we all need a reminder of now and then.

Especially this time of year.

Thanks PD ;0}
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2012 2:32:26 PM

ok
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99dakota
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2012 5:54:01 PM

My mower gas lasts all winter, no problem.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 9:36:56 AM

Yep, I always put stabil in my car because I don't go through more than about 4 tanks of gas a year. (Motorcycles are your friends, 60 MPG on a newer 650 without much effort.)
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 4:52:34 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 12:02:01 PM

The gas I get for my mower, I add fuel injector cleaner to it. It seems to keep my mowers engine clean.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:57:23 AM

If you keep gas that long and is sealed, makes it more combustable. So leave it vented and lose it. guess best thing to do is use it up.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 9:50:15 AM

Another old story
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 7:28:34 PM

I added a little stabol or whatever it is...to my generator's tank but I don't worry about those little red gas cans for my mowers and I don't worry about my boats. Boat motors must be tough as I park my boat in my garage for the season with gas in the tank but burn it out of my engine. I never have any trouble with it. It's not good to let gas just dry up in your small engines either.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:54:49 AM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Jul 1, 2010 10:00:25 AM

Never had a problem within a year.
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