Yep - drain that carb EVERY time it gets put away, and it'll start every time when you need it.
i am guilty.... I don't drain the carb each time, but i do run it often, especially in the winter once a week at least just to make sure I can still start it in the cold weather. It has been running more than I want it to the last three weeks or so!
I bought it in 1999 and it has paid for itself many times over the years. It is a Homelite 5500W unit.
I use the marine stabil additive (also claims to treat the ethanol) in the gas each time i fill it. I don't measure very well, probably putting in almost twice as much as recommended. Could that cause problems down the road....doesn't seem to as of yet?
I am in the market for a 10k size with electric start. I came across a 15K on craigslist that they bought for Sandy, but never had to use it. I was thinking about it, the price was right but I didn't like the 16gal / 10 hour fuel usage the spec claims. The 10K ones I looked at say about 1gal / hour fuel usage which is more to my liking.
I should just get an lp fueled one and put it by the house where I could run the fuel line from our 1000 gal tank and also wire it directly to the house panel with the transfer switch. My current set up is in the garage 125' from the house wired into that panel. I like having it that distance from the house because of the noise of the generator. Running an lp line to the garage wouldn't be fun with everything else in the yard in that direction.