06:10AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 08/13/02
7 lifetime posts
Dumb question that I can't find the answer to elsewhere:

My 2-cycle snowblower uses gas mixed with the oil. Naturally, I over-bought fuel this year, thinking I'd have a huge blizzard to contend with. Now I have almost 2 gallons of this mixture sitting here unused.

I'm just wondering if it's OK to use this stuff in my 4-cycle lawnmower (which doesn't require an oil mixture). Or will that mess the mower's engine up?

What do you do with leftover snowblower fuel otherwise?



07:09AM | 04/26/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
No I wouldn't put a gas/oil mix into any 4-cycle gas engine!

But getting rid of old gas, oil, etc does present a bit of a problem requiring some research.

In my case, I've left the gas for a subsequent year--which I hear isn't recommended because it can supposedly 'foul' an engine. But I (knock on wood) haven't had problems. Maybe it's just because my snowblower is so old and cantankerous that the gasoline quality is the least of its problems :)

Our county runs a recycling center (open to residents only)--where you can take oil, pollutants, hazardous materials, batteries etc for a nominal fee. It's a great service; I'm not sure if your jurisdiction does anything like this but it's worth checking their web site.

Another great source--ask your local librarian to look it up for you.

Good luck,

-k2 in CO

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12:16AM | 04/27/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
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MrMartha - hi, you don't want to run it through the lawnmower as the resulting "fog" will appear as if you're "spraying for mosquitoes" and could upset neighbors with respiratory problems. Here's a couple thoughts otherwise...

Do you have a gas-powered weedeater? They use a gas/oil mix normally. Depending on the mix ratio (how much oil to gas, e.g., 1:32), it'd work well in a weedeater.

Have you looked at the gas stabilizers available in the "big box" stores and in Wal-Mart? I don't recall if they can be used in a gas/oil mix, but I know the proper use of the stuff will "preserve" regular gas for a year or so.

Like K2, I've kept my gas/oil mix in the gas can, shaken it well, and used it in my weedeater without too many problems. I just make sure I drain it out of the gas tank if I don't run it out while weedeating.

Good luck with the stuff - regards! Jim D/Heathsville, VA


12:24PM | 04/27/04
No, I wouldn't put it in my mower either. One thing you could do would be the next time you fill up your car with gas, wait until you've driven a little gas off the tank and top it off with the snowblower gas. Doing this once or rarely won't hurt the car. Also, I asked the fire department an easy way to get rid of old gas. They told me I could pour it in a washtub or other container and leave it in the backyard where no one can get to it. The gas will evaporate fairly quickly. Stablilizer can be used in a 2-cycle mix. It would be a good idea to add this when you first get the gas, especially if you have other 2-cycle equipment to use it in. If you add it now, it will only help the gas from breaking down any further. If you start out by adding stabilizer, you may be able to keep it until the next season. They say the stabilizer will last 2 years if you use the right amount.


12:36PM | 04/27/04
Member Since: 04/18/04
13 lifetime posts
No, I wouldn't use it in my mower either. If you don't want to waste it, the next time you fill up your car, you could wait until you've used a little gas and top it off with the snowblower gas. This won't hurt you car if you do it this one time, or rarely. I asked the fire department an easy way to get rid of old gas. They said you can pour it in a washtub or something similar and place it in your yard. Make sure it's where no one can get to it, and it will evaporate fairly quickly. It would be a good idea to add stabilizer when you first get the gas, especially if you have other 2-cycle equipment. Stabilizer can keep gas from breaking down for up to 2 years if the right amount is added. So, if added when you first get the fuel, it may last through the next season. If you add stabilizer now, it will only keep the gas from breaking down further.


11:00PM | 04/29/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
The car idea is a good one,otherwise (some people might not like this) but if you ever have fires use a little on it each time.



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