Most modern day snow blowers feature 4-cycle engines. However, some of us still own 2-cycle (or 2-stroke) engines.
For those of you who do, it's important that you know how to mix the proper amount of oil with the gasoline. Pouring too much oil in will produce the dirty cloud of smoke that you've surely come to know (and probably hate).
You don't want to smoke out the neighborhood when you start up your machine!
Make Your Own Mixture
Mixing a concoction of gas and oil isn't necessarily easy in freezing temperatures and fluffy gloves. We recommend following these three steps during the late fall before the first flake falls.
STEP 1: Separate Your Stash
Once you add engine oil to your gas can, you won't be able to rinse it out. We recommend buying two gas cans.
First, fill a 5-gallon gas can with regular unleaded gasoline at your local gas station. You can use this gas for your lawn mower or other four-cycle engines.
When you get home, pour two-gallons into a separate gas can dedicated to your 2-cycle engines.
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STEP 2: Order Extra Oil
You definitely don't want to run to the hardware store during a blizzard.
Most snowblowers come with a small, 2.6-ounce bottle of oil. That's enough for one -- that's right, one -- gallon of gas. One gallon isn't enough to get you through the winter.
We recommend ordering a six-pack of 2-cycle engine oil instead. Sure, it might sound excessive. But the oil contains fuel stabilizer to keep it fresh.
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STEP 3: Add Oil to the Gas
Two-stroke engines require one of two types of fuel. Either a gas/oil mixture of 40:1 or 50:1.
Always check your owner's manual for your specific model before creating your concoction.
Finally, add the appropriate amount of 2-cycle oil -- usually two 2.6-ounce bottles -- to your 2-gallon gas can. Shake.
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Buy Pre-Mixed Fuel
If you don't want your gloves smelling like gasoline, get some pre-mixed 2-cycle fuel instead. Just pour and go.
Unopened, these pre-mixed fuels have a shelf-life of 3 years. Once opened, their shelf life drops to 2 years. Either way, they will last a couple of winters.