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Old August 25th, 2007, 01:32 PM
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Thumbs up Gas Storage--Gone Bad? When will gas go bad in a Jerry Can?

How long will Premium Fuel last when stored in a quality steel Jerry can before it goes "bad"--or becomes harmful to put in the tank?


My Wedco Jerry can is advertised with "Petrol resistant Alkyd-Ammonia based lining to prevent internal rusting" and is made form 0.9 mm steel construction.

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Old August 25th, 2007, 03:56 PM
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If the tank is full, much longer than if it isn't. However, some sta-bil added to the gas will help a lot. In fact, the current tank of gas in the defender was sitting in the Bentley's old tank for 6 years with some sta-bil added -- it's running fine.
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The problem with gas today is the ethanol that is added. It will sludge up and gel fuel the longer it sits. Sta-Bil may help stave it off for a while but it is inevitable that it will happen eventually. You can't let fuel sit for as long as you used to.
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Question

Thanks guys!

I have the tank completely full--but I still need to know how long before it will do harm to the engine--I would think that there must be a pretty definitive answer?

Is it a few weeks.... a few months.... years?


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Old August 28th, 2007, 09:31 PM
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Bump. No definitive answer?
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If I were to risk it and make a statement to answer this question I would say the life of gasoline should be limited to 6 months or less, 3 months would be the normal shelf life of commercial gasoline in the nations fuel distribution system .

There are summer and winter blends of gasoline as well as regional blends, all these factors come into play. Oxygenates (Ethanol as mentioned above & MTBE) can vary from region to region.

Stabil will definately help extend the life.

Best thing to do is put it in your tank every 3 months and refill the Jerry can.
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Bump. No definitive answer?
Okay, it is not definative, but here are a few links to read to help you decide. Sources vary, so add the necessary grain of salt where needed...

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/060825.html

http://www.alpharubicon.com/altenergy/gaslifepal.htm

http://theepicenter.com/tow021799.html
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Old August 29th, 2007, 05:42 PM
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Thanks Scott(s). That was the info that I was hoping for--it sounds like I can sleep at night if I refill the tank every couple months and avoid the need for additives all together. Much appreciated for the input and the links!

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