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Old 27 November 2023, 23:23   #1
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Fuel Stabiliser

Interesting visit to local chandlery today and found an american fuel stabiliser designed for ethanol blended fuels ,not sure if its new on the block or not ,but thought it may be worth putting a picture up just in case ,engineer suggested the sales guy was suggesting it would stabilise fuel up to 50% ethanol ?
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Old 28 November 2023, 08:53   #2
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I have started to use it this winter after reading Fenlanders thread about Aspen. Don't know if its good or not, but it's worth giving it a try.

https://www.rib.net/forum/f36/aspen-fuel-90260-2.html
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Old 28 November 2023, 09:07   #3
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I was thinking next time I fuel up the auxiliary motors tank I'll put aspen in. At the moment it has 4 year old 5% ethanol, 97 octane in, premixed at 50:1. Tank is sealed when not being used and it's still fine - last ran the motor on it 2 weeks ago.

I have put the quicksilver quickstor stuff in to the rib tank for the winter - never quite sure whether fuel additives are snake oil or not, but it's what the winterise instructions say, so I did it.
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I used this stuff over COVID and the petrol still went off.
It was a nightmare to empty the tank and dispose of it.
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I used this stuff over COVID and the petrol still went off.
It was a nightmare to empty the tank and dispose of it.
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Old 28 November 2023, 18:04   #6
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I used this stuff over COVID and the petrol still went off.
It was a nightmare to empty the tank and dispose of it.
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How long was it in the tank for Chris before you came to use it again?
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Old 28 November 2023, 18:17   #7
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I've been using Quicksilver Quickstor for 5yrs now in portable tanks with no ill effects and probably some benefit. It's been in with E5 up to 18mths.
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I used Lucas safeguard in the ribcraft inboard tank fuel was still perfect in the spring
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I also bought some recently,, but no idea if it is as good as its made out to be .May be cheaper here than a chandlers https://303carcare.co.uk/products/st...uel-stabilizer
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Thought I'd give an update on the Stabil 360 Marine E5 mix I ran through the outboard at the end of October.
Despite the best intentions of running the OB every 2/3 weeks over winter (work commitments in the way!) today was the first time I've fired it up.
Before I did I checked the 12ltr fuel tank E5 - Stabil mix which I had filled to the top. Petrol was clear, not a hint of water or any contamination.
Turned the OB over a couple of times without the kill cord to get some oil running through. Connected the kill cord and the OB started 2nd pull, which surprised me as the Merc 20hp efi isn't the best of starters from cold. I left it running for 30 mins, not a stutter or missed beat. I don't know if this proves the Stabil works or not, but I think it doesn't do the fuel or OB any harm over the short period of time it's been mixed.
One thing I did notice running the OB today, is I felt an overwhelming desire to be out on the water! Roll on some decent weather. The first dry, calm day over the next few weeks and I'll be out there.
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Thatís good news as Iíve the same stuff in over a 100 litres in mine
Still might take some out before I go out and put fresh in
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Fresh fuel for me every season. Any left over fuel is used up in strimmer, chainsaw, generator etc. etc. Land based things that are not safety critical, just my choice
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Fresh fuel for me every season. Any left over fuel is used up in strimmer, chainsaw, generator etc. etc. Land based things that are not safety critical, just my choice
Which is good if you have a strimmer, chainsaw and a generator to use it in.

However the reason why I have experimented with it, is because you are not suppose to run the OB dry and I wanted to ensure the fuel left in the OB was ok over winter.
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I tend to use E5 where I can but it's not always possible so there is some E10 in the 180L tank.

I use Starbrite 'Enzyme Fuel Treatment' when I put it to bed for winter and seems fine so far.
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I must admit part of my greater care with fuel left in the OB and tanks over winter is that over the past couple of years our only household petrol car and genny went and our mower, strimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf vac have all gone over to battery models so we have no outlet for spare petrol other than giving it to the recycling centre.

Looking forward to firing up the Aspen before too long.
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our only household petrol car and genny went and our mower, strimmer, hedge trimmer, leaf vac have all gone over to battery models so we have no outlet for spare petrol...
The Gurnard will be clutching his chest when he reads this, hopefully he just won't understand what "spare" petrol implies. Clearly you live below the Watford Gap.

More seriously, I'm not convinced that a genny assists with petrol management. My experience is that I keep MORE petrol for the genny!

In addition, in our climes, the garden tools get little exercise outside the boating season. Maybe a mop up in the autumn, which is what I aim for. No ICE vehicles left in the willk household :-)
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Well it's close.. we are a heady 6mls north of the gap.

Our personal north/south marker is Biggleswade on the A1 some 25mls south of us. On old maps of Cambridgeshire anything south of there is featureless and marked "Here be Dragons".

Anyway no worries here with spare fuel, these days 100% Aspen for the closed season and first run of the year. If any of that was left over I reckon it's clean enough to substitute for gin at a push.
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