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Old 07-05-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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How long will gas last in generator?

We just finished our first boondocking trip and our next trip is currently planned for late August. How long can I leave the gasoline in the generator sitting before it goes bad/gums up the carburator?

I know I can add stabil but just wondering if anyone has experience leaving it for a couple of months without issues.

Gens: 2 Honda EU 2000i units.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:59 AM   #2
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The only time I have gone past 30 days it gummed up the carb on my 2000i

Carb cleaning on one of those is no fun.
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Temperature makes a big difference. Two months is pushing it in the summer.

We'll probably have a long thread on the benefits or not of Sta-bil since the topic brings posters out of the woodwork whenever it comes up. It is my view that it does nothing to improve the storage life of gasoline, based on both experience and my understanding, such as it is, of the chemistry involved.
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Interesting -guess I need to get the siphon out and then run until empty!
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Thats pretty much what I do. I usually run it dry then pull off the side cover and drain the bowl to get the last few drops out. Its so easy to do it's just not worth taking the chance of a plugged carb (again)
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:17 AM   #6
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I regularly leave gas treated with Marine Stabil in my Honda 3500 for six to eight months without issue. That way I'm set for hurricane season.
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #8
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Two year old gas with sta-bil in mine fired right up during a power outage a couple of weeks ago. I filled it back up and treated it with sta-bil once again before returning it to storage. After two years, I figured it wasn't going to run, but it started right up and ran just fine. I'm convinced that the stuff works.
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I run the gas out of the carb, but leave it in the tank with no problems , gas over a year old using stabilizer.
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My small engine mechanic said to siphon all but a pint out and start it every month or so. He also said to make sure that you put a load on the generator to exercise the generator itself as well as the engine.
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Silverhoot has it right...

Carb jets get plugged because the light components in gasoline evaporate and leave heavier stuff ("varnish") behind. If you leave the gas on, the carb refills from the tank all the time and you've got plugged jets. Turn off the gas supply and run the carb dry, and you're fine.

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Silverhoot has it right...

Carb jets get plugged because the light components in gasoline evaporate and leave heavier stuff ("varnish") behind. If you leave the gas on, the carb refills from the tank all the time and you've got plugged jets. Turn off the gas supply and run the carb dry, and you're fine.

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I just picked up a Honda EU2000i, and if I am inderstanding the manua correctly the engine shut off switch both cuts the igntion and closes the fuel supply valve so it wouldn't be possible to shut the fuel off and run the carb dry.

That is certainly what I would have preferred to do. Is there a simple workaround on the EU 2000i that allows you to do this perhaps?

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I have a small engine shop and I recommend not leaving untreated fuel in a tank or carburetor for more than 30 days. All major mfgrs. now are recommending the same. I do use Sta-Bil in my own personal equipment year round. I only store about 10 gallons at a time.(2 /5gallon containers,plastic) This means I have treated fuel in everything at all times,that includes mix for weedeaters and chainsaws and backpack blowers. Most of the time my saws dont get started for a yr or more.
I have not experienced any carburetor problems in the past 20 yrs I have used the product.
So treat your fuel source and you should be ok.
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PS Please don't try to mix fuel treatment in the tank, only in the fuel source,the container you carry to fuel to your genni in, be it 2 gal 5 gal or whatever,always treat the source.Only use 2 1/2 oz per 5 gal.
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eu2000 carb drain

I drained the carbs on my eu2000 this weekend - very easy process.

It is in the manual and took mess less than 5 mins per generator:

Burn gas out of main gas tank until empty or low
Open front servicie cover
Turn drain screw below carb and catch gas coming out of drain tube
Open rear top service cover
Disconnect spark plug cover
Turn gen switch to on and pull starter 3 times - more gas drains from tube
Close all up in reverse starting with spark plug cover

I am letting mine sit for 30 days so we;ll see how they start.
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