Fuel Injector cleaner?

Discussion in 'Stove Forum' started by Damon reece, Sep 7, 2021.

  1. Damon reece

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    Hi I just wondering if anyone has ever tried adding a drop of fuel injector cleaner to unleaded petrol to use in their stoves? I run an old 1944 Coleman 520 G.I pocket stove, perfect for motorcycle camping as I can just drain some fuel out of the bikes petrol tank!
    I read on an adventure biking forum about adding injector cleaner to slow down the gumming up process if you are using unleaded in a stove therefore longer gaps between cleaning. Sounds like it might work‍♂️ Just wondered if anyone else has tried it.
     
  2. hikerduane

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    Gumming I don't think will be an issue, it would be the additives, like carbon build up in a engine cylinder. I also believe the issue might be if you used the stove a lot, like hours and hours. Unlike a lantern generator, the stove genny would be easier to access and clean.
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    In the UK we have a product called 'Redex' which is a fuel additive cleaner. It comes in diesel and petrol forms although I suspect the diesel one is mostly naptha. If I haven't used a stove for a while I always add a little diesel Redex to my kerosine although I use Jet A-1. (Overkill I know) The same for the the White Gas ones as well. There are other brands of additives but for me Redex is the traditional one.
     
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    It might work. And it might not. Probably not. Save your money. You can read a lot of stuff on forums, even this one!
     
  5. Fettler United States

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    I have to question the premise. While it is true fuel injector cleaner does tend to work for fuel injectors a campstove generator is a completely different application and set of conditions. I have heard the claims from those operating in remote areas (where only automotive gas is available) that it tends to keep generators from getting carboned up so quickly. I think I'd not worry about it too much, and resign myself to more frequent maintenance.
     
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    I'd fill the stove with Coleman or equivalent for the trip. Then I'd go ahead and refill with gasoline during the trip, and when I next got the chance just empty that out and replace with camp fuel.
     
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    In Australia, Redex was/is an upper cylinder lubricant i.e. left a film of oil after the combustion in the upper cylinder to lubricate the valves and some extent the piston rings.
    It did prevent some carbon depositing , I believe, possibly some additive(?).
    As there are no moving parts to speak of in a stove, perhaps a carburetor jet cleaner may be a better option to dissolve any gum deposits.
     
  8. Fettler United States

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    Some people who burn lots of dodgy gasoline in the field have reported success with injector cleaner. I remain a bit skeptical, but if it works in real life, who am I to question theory? Seems like E10 or E20 fuels would help, too, by the logic. Maybe it's a matter of "the solution to pollution is dilution".