So about a year ago I was going to mow the lawn one last time before it got to late in the year. It was being stubborn and didn't want to start up so I hit it with a couple of blasts of starter fluid, and it went off like a shotgun. The muffler literally exploded, and it was shooting fire out of the carb. I threw the tarp over it and called it quits till spring time. Spring time rolls around and other than spending way to long cranking it, it runs great. As long as I can remember the 260 has always been a little cranky with cold starts. I'm sure the carb is probably long overdue for a rebuild and adjustment, but until I can use at least all my fingers and toes to count the temp outside I'm going to have to hold off, is there better way to get it motivated without jettisoning parts of the engine?