Fuel Stabilizer

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Old 02-04-13, 09:47 AM
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Does anyone know what the active ingredients in fuel stabilizer are and what they do exactly? I'm working on a Chemistry project.
 
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Old 02-04-13, 10:02 AM
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Justin, it's probably just like all the injector cleaners, etc...............#1 Jet Fuel. I have a can in the shop. I'll look and report back.
 
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Justin:

Given your history, I have to ask: What is the end goal of your chemistry project?
 
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Old 02-04-13, 11:29 AM
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Here's what my rubric says:
"You will create a presentation that involves nomenclature and explains how something that most of us use on a regular basis works. You MUST get approval from Mr.Teacher before beginning your project. There will be some leeway in what you may choose as I want it to revolve around a personal interest of yours.

There's more on the individual scoring andf such, like the names and formulas of the chemicals in the product (What I'm looking for), how the chemicals allow the product do what it does (I can work on that once I find the ingredients) and a MSDS, which I have found.
 
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OK, that's pretty vanilla. I expected you were going to make your own
 
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Old 02-04-13, 12:04 PM
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I'd have to say that might be pretty tough. Since I'm sure its a patented formula with plenty of "secret" ingredients.

You might do better with something like Goop hand cleaner. I remember a post a few years back by a member (who apparently a chemical engineer) that explained exactly how it could remove oil/grease and so forth.
 
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Old 02-05-13, 05:26 AM
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Old 02-05-13, 07:36 AM
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Yep, good searching...lol. Wonder where Nestor went to, hasn't been here since 2011.
 
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I recall reading years ago in a magazine (Pop. Mech?) that fuel stabilizer is just food preservative (apparently you can buy BHT?) and solvent. They gave the recipe to make your own. Using this I was able to Google some confirmation. It appears there are 3 major causes to gasoline degradation:
Air
Water
Microbial attack

You can minimize air & water by storing gas in a non-vented container. BHT preserves the gas from oxidation and microbial activity.

BHT preserves gasoline too!
 
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Old 02-10-13, 01:19 PM
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Thank you all for your help. I was able to do the Goop and get a 22/25 for the project.
 
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Glad to here that was a bit helpful. I thought it might be a bit simpler than the fuel stuff.
 
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