How to Properly Store Your Generator. NOTE: If you plan to keep fuel in your generator, you should run it for at least 30 minutes per month. If not, it may be difficult to start during an emergency.

We also recommend using a fuel additive, such as Powermate's Fuel Stabilizer, to minimize the formation of fuel gum deposits.

Step 1. Replenish engine oil to the upper level.

Step 2. Drain gasoline from the fuel tank, fuel line and carburetor.

Step 3. Pour one teaspoon of engine oil through the spark plug hole.

Step 4. Pull the recoil starter several times and replace the spark plug. Pull the starter until you feel the piston on the compression stroke and leave it in this position.

Step 5. Cover and store in a dry, well-ventilated area.