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    Default How long can you store gas in a can?

    Hello,

    Do you know for how long one should store gas in a container?
    - Plastic jerry can
    - Metal jerry can
    - Aux tank

    Lets say you always take 5 galof gas in a trip. Then you don't use it for several trips.
    When the gasstart to go bad?
    - 2 Weeks?
    - 4 Weeks?
    - 2 Months?
    - 4 Months?
    - 6 Months?
    - 1 Year?

    Same apply to your aux tank. Should you keep it full? Carrying all the extra weight around without needing it? If no, will it start to rust?Fittings start to dry?

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    Gas absorbs water and nearly empty steel gas tanks will rust. It might be an idea to coat the insides of any long range tanks so that you can go empty most of the time.

    I'd make a point of using the gas in the jerry cans after the season for sure and probably sooner (although it will likely be usable for several years). After all you can always refill the jerry cans and if you need the gas in those cans it had better be good!!

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    Jack,

    A lot of people seem to recommend that you put a gas stabilizer in your lawnmower if you don't use it over the winter (and leave fuel in the tank) to prevent gunk from building up in the carburetor. Assuming that isn't just marketing hype, that may indicate that storing fuel for more than a few months may not give the best results. I put some in my mower, but can't really say if it works or not. I think the manufacturers claim it works for a year or two. I'd assume a little buildup on a container is of no consequence, but I don't know what forms the gunk and what the lack of it means for performance when you do use the gas.

    I would also think that in some climates, if air can get in or out of the container or tank, you could get water condensing inside. That could contaminate the fuel and cause rust in a steel can if it doesn't have some kind of coating on the inside. I'd think storing full cans would help.

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    Well I have 15 gallons of $2.10 gas sitting down in the basement - guess I should think about using it pretty soon [img]/forum/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Plastic - Never. I hate plastic cans. If your cans say 'Blitz', then just empty them and throw them out.
    Metal - 1 year - add 1/3 pint of SEAFOAM as a fuel stabilizer. I love SEAFOAM.
    Aux - Rotate with regular fill ups? Not sure.

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    OK,

    So it seems that a 3 months storage should not be a problem with full gas cans, they have enough volume to not gunk. You can always rotate the gas around on your next trip.

    Also, it seems that the SEAFOAM is a good thing to add. Where can we find it?

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    Jack,

    SEAFOAM Motor Treatment is a wonderful product. You can find it here in the NAPA autostores, IF I haven't been there recently and bought them out.

    http://www.seafoamsales.com/

    It does everything. Really.




    Post Edited By Moderator (JackSilb) : 10/23/2005 9:31:36 PM (GMT-8)

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    Thank you.

    I did not know such a product existed.
    It seems it can be used as an injector cleaner too.

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    Post Edited (JackSilb) : 10/23/2005 9:36:18 PM (GMT-8)
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    Jack,

    SEAFOAM can be used in a myriad of ways. I swear by it and have run it through ALL my cars and trucks at various points.

    There is a 10 page thread at Yotatech regarding SEAFOAM if you care to read up on it.

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    I am sold. I will get it.

    Thank you!
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