I have at least 20 gallons of gasoline in storage at any given time. In addition to using the stabilizer, I have a rotation schedule where I will eventually use the stored gas in my vehicles and then replace it with fresh.
Another thing that I will add about gasoline-powered generators: They usually have a valve on the fuel supply hose that goes from the fuel tank to the carburetor. After using the generator, instead of just shutting the engine off, close this valve and let the engine run until it has depleted all of the gas in the carburetor and stalls. This helps keep the carburetor from gumming up from leftover fuel.
Sounds like a good plan! I definitely learned a lot about being prepared this time.
BTW: I think I found out what's wrong with my Generator. Thanks to youtube, I found a guy with the same troubles and how to test and fix it. It looks like it's the oil pressure sensor that went bad. Easy fix, once I locate a source for the part.
Generator runs then shuts off
Again one youtube video leads to another and I found they sell a conversion kit that adapts to most any gasoline generator allowing it to run on gasoline or propane or natural gas.
Propane conversion for Generator. Tri fuel kit.
Lessons learned re: Generators & fuel
+ Always have a spare oil pressure switch on hand.
+ Have a spare carburetor or at least a rebuilding kit on hand.
+ Use a Marine Fuel Stabilizer on all gas stored for more than 30 days.
+ To store the generator, run stabilized fuel and close the fuel shut-off to allow engine to run out of gas.
+ Buy & install a tri-fuel conversion kit so your generator can run on gasoline, propane or natural gas.
+ Rotate your stored gasoline by using it in your car/truck to always have a fresh supply on hand.
+ Consider using propane instead of gasoline to reduce the many problems associated with gasoline.
+ Have some spare pull cord on hand, just in case the engine pull starter cord breaks.
+ Have a spare spark plug on hand too.
+ Change the oil in your generator at recommended intervals.
+ 5 gallons of gasoline will run the average 5 to 8 HP generator about 6 to 8 hours.
+ One 20 pound propane tank is equal to about 5 gallons of gasoline.
Tanks everyone for the suggestions!