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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:36 PM
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How to clean jerry cans and store fuel?

I have some really good jerry cans I bought new a few years ago and filled them with premium.
But how likely is it the fuel is any good?
Hate to throw away 15 gals!!

I was planning to use the gas and then wash them out, but whats the best way?

I have seen fuel stabilizer, if I added that next time how long would it keep the fuel good for?

Any insight is appreciated!
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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:42 PM
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You can mix it 10 to 20 percent with fresh gas... no need to dump it.
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Old October 27th, 2014, 07:44 PM
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So use 2 gal per tank since my car holds 10 gals?

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So use 2 gal per tank since my car holds 10 gals?

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Sounds about right.
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I have some really good jerry cans I bought new a few years ago and filled them with premium.
But how likely is it the fuel is any good?
Hate to throw away 15 gals!!

I was planning to use the gas and then wash them out, but whats the best way?

I have seen fuel stabilizer, if I added that next time how long would it keep the fuel good for?

Any insight is appreciated!
I keep two of my jerry cans full of 93 in my garage just in case there's another Superstorm Sandy around here and they start rationing fuel again. But now that we bought the jetta TDI as our second vehicle, I keep the premium fuel in my jerry cans full as much for the Defender as for any of my friends who may need it. I usually fill up my truck's tank before I get back to my garage, but sometimes I'll park it with a half a tank and just make a note to use one of the jerry cans to fill it up before the next time I leave. Even though I fuel up fairly frequently in NJ where they have to pump your gas, they usually just let me handle it when I'm refilling the jerry cans.
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Run it in your mower
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Old October 27th, 2014, 09:28 PM
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Only if it's non-ethanol.

Even if it only had 10% ethanol and it's that old the only place I would use it is in my old coleman camping stove- although 15 gallons would last a lifetime!

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I would last me a lifetime, since I dont own a mower... lol

I do have a chainsaw but thats about all.

How do you clean out the cans to be sure there isnt any sediment or anything?

I borrowed years and years ago a friends can that he said he filled a month or so before.
I actually ran out in the Defender on a back road in the middle of nowhere and had to use it.

Clogged my fuel filter and wouldnt run. Good thing I had a 2 spares.

so I want to use the fuel and then clean them, how?
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Old October 27th, 2014, 11:19 PM
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I worked with a guy that cleaned petroleum tanks for a living. They used Dawn soap by the pallet and swore by it over any other product.
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