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Mower Running Very Poorly

Troy Bilt- stored UPRIGHT (nose down) over winter. Now I know that was the wrong thing to do, but did not then. Started it this spring, smoked somethings fierce (yes I now know OIL was in the cylinder.)
I let it run a short time, and it just seemed to keep getting worse- meaning, oil smoke slowly dissipated, but the mower slower ran worse and worse. Sounded to me like fuel flow or carburetor issues. 
My question is- what should I do? Is it possible that just a carb cleaning will fix it? Could the running it the first time with oil in cylinder top ruin the cylinder/rings?

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Before I got into the carburetor, I would let all the oil burn out. It's mostly in the muffler and no, that didn't hurt the cylinder/rings. I would put a new sparkplug in as that one is oil fouled. See how it runs. I would change the oil to make sure no fuel seeped into the crankcase. It may need a carb cleaning, especially if you weren't using a fuel stabilizer (such as STA-BIL).

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