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Old 05-01-2021, 05:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how long I can store nitro fuel and still use it safely? I have two jugs of it that are probably 4 and 7 years old.

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Old 05-01-2021, 05:23 PM   #2
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Re: Nitro fuel

If it's tightly sealed, no problem. I had one jug in my basement that actually sat for over a year where the cap broke, so wasn't sealed very well, still burned fine without issues.
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Re: Nitro fuel

I'm currently (and for the past few summers) using up fuel I got back in 2006... still good. Unopened jugs kept in a dark, cool place last for a long time.
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:30 AM   #4
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Re: Nitro fuel

I have a few jugs about that age to use up too. Stored in the root cellar so yes cool and dark.
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:47 AM   #5
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Re: Nitro fuel

I too have had fuel sit in the box they came in, stored in the shed outside. If sealed still good.

It's the fuel left over in the field box that usually get a bit iffy when used next season. Some engines seem more particular about it than others.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:10 AM   #6
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Re: Nitro fuel

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I have a few jugs about that age to use up too. Stored in the root cellar so yes cool and dark.
Yes, but, if the floor is not insulated, raise the bottom of the jugs/cans off the floor. Water vapor moves from an non-insulated floor, such as in concrete basement floor to whatever is resting directly on it...... and some of that water vapor may get thru the bottom of a plastic jug or start rusting the bottom of a metal can.

Experiment with laying a thin plank of balsa or other wood on such an cool/non-insulated floor and come back the next day.... if warped, that's due to water vapor rising thru the floor and getting to one side of the plank.

This risk is highly particular to the micro climate of any situation.... it may not apply to your situation.
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Re: Nitro fuel

I have two gallons of fuel in plastic jugs that went bad after two years in the garage. I have never had fuel in a metal can go bad. I bought some of those beads that are suppose to absorb the water in the fuel. They kept the good fuel good but did not have any effect on these.
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Re: Nitro fuel

I have a jug of 30% when I use to run nitro boat 10 years ago that was stored on a shelf in my uninsulated garage.
Garage is cold in the winter and very warm in the summer.
I decided to try it yesterday in my cox 049 and suprising it seems fine.
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I've used Apollo 7 and Apollo custom that was 14 years old and ran fine.
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I've used Apollo 7 and Apollo custom that was 14 years old and ran fine.
I used to buy Apollo fuel as a kid. Thatís the only stuff the local craft store brought in. Havenít heard of that in a long time!
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