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Oil for two stroke engines has come a long since you read Mr Jennings article. 50 years ago the preferred oil for a high performance 2 stroke was Castor based. Castor is a vegetable oil and does degrade pretty quickly. Often it would gum up in the bottom of your fuel can if not used up quickly enough.
A popular Castor oil of the era was made by Blendzall. It contained some additives to help stabilize the mix. It cost at least half again more than straight Castrol brand Castor oil so I rarely used it. One can still buy Blendzall today if one has a hankering for the exhaust smell unique to burning Castor oil and wants to leave a cloud of 16:1 fuel/oil ratio behind.

Today's modern 2 stroke oils are petroleum or synthetic based. Stable in the mix. Long shelf life, particularly when used with ethanol free fuel. Much better lubrication properties than oils from 50 years ago. Almost every 2 stroke oil today can be run at 50:1 ratio just fine.

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