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Old 01-23-2014, 03:31 PM   #21
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Just wanted to addy experience to the conversation as well. I bought two Honda EU2000i generators last summer and did no use them much at all. Used them here and there for little things and used once for the trailer. I only use ethanol-free gasoline. I winterized each genny with fresh ethanol-free gasoline mixed with red stabil in early October. Around thanksgiving I decided to try to fire them up and they would not start. It took about a solid minute and a half messing with the choke and pulling the cord until I finally got a sputter and the next pull fired; this was for both gennies.

I did shake each genny to mix around the treatment before trying to fire them and I wonder if that is the reason why mine has such a hard time starting. Also, I have heard the blue stabil is better for small engines.

I drained both gennies and will just refill each with fresh 91 ethanol free this spring when I need to use them. Kind of a pain if you do not use up all the fuel out of them when it comes time to store them.
See...thats EXACTLY what i was talking about...my champion had 12hrs on the hr meter, stored for MAYBE 45 days....then was a pita to start with "stabil " fuel......?? What gives.?

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Old 01-23-2014, 03:38 PM   #22
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Seafoam and non ETHANOL fuel period.

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Old 01-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #23
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I picked up some cans of seafoam....im gonna experiment with it next and see..really would like to treat the gas in my gennys and mowers and bikes rather than having to run dry or put fresh in EVERYTIME I wanna play with one..

Ironically I started . One of my champion inverter gennys this weekend with the stabil crap in it and it ran perfectly fine.....sat about 2 months because i forgot about it...

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When using stabil, make sure you are buying the kind for carburetors. They make one for fuel injection systems (cars) and one for carbs or fuel injectors. I use it in my MH gas tank in winter and start both the MH and the generator once a month without problems. As for ethanol free fuel, I live in Illinois--there is no such thing. Corn growers have seen to that.
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It doesn't matter what kind of gas or stabilizer you use- IF your unit
sits for weeks at a time, the gas in the carb WILL evaporate and all
gas will leave some gunky residue behind.

I know this is controversial but ME- I start them, then shut off, drain the
tank, then re-start and run until it starts to miss and then put the choke
on and run till it quits. If the carb has a drain in the bowl I'm sure to
open that and get the last drops out. The honda has a carb drain, so does
my Briggs powered 5KW.

Needed my big 5 KW house genny a couple weeks ago. Had not been
started in 2 years. Stored dry. Put in gas, opened the fuel shut off,
choke on, switch on, pulled ONE time and it started.

My honda EU2000 is always harder to start. Normally takes 5 or 6
pulls whether it was started last week or last year. I store it dry too.
Same for my motorcycle. I don't drain the tank but I fill it completely,
use stabil and then run it till it quits with the fuel valve shut off.

This is what works for me. Others will say "seals dry out etc etc."
I say the carb will dry out and leave residue behind. I try to avoid that.
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