Question: How do I keep my fuel clean and fresh?
Answer: The first thing you should do is make sure all your fuel is stabilized. This is true even if you expect to use the fuel in less than 30 days. Fuel seems to break down in less than 30 days.
Keep your fuel in a clean, covered container. The storage location should be:
1. Somewhere where the temperature will remain constant (preferably at room temperature or below),
2. Somewhere where it will remain out of the sun light,
3. Somewhere relatively dry (ethanol fuel will absorb moisture if given the opportunity),
4. In an approved container (no glass jars, old milk jugs, etc),
5. At ground level (to avoid the container falling and spilling the fuel),
6. Away from food, drinking water, and drinking water sources (wells, springs, etc),
7. In a well ventilated area,
8. Away from children,
9. SOMEWHERE AWAY FROM SPARKS OR FLAME!
Dirt can be introduced into an engine in dirty fuel from a contaminated or uncovered container. Always use clean, fresh fuel from a clean container to guard against dirt, sludge and water contamination.
Gasoline left in a fuel tank and carburetor can degrade over time. During storage, gasoline can interact with air and moisture to form gums and deposits. Be aware that fuel that has become “gummy” during storage will block carburetor passages and other fuel system components. This break down can take place in a storage container (like a gas jug, fuel tank, or carburetor). Therefore you should not store gasoline in the engine’s fuel tank for any inactive periods longer than one to two months. You should add fuel stabilizer or drain tank, then run the engine out of fuel before storing during the off season.
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