After the burn-in time, they are reasonably stable.
But still for just one type of gas and indoors and for a certain air humidity.
I can't find in the datasheet how sensitive the MQ-8 is to oxygen. You have to test that.
Perhaps you need also an oxygen sensor : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxygen_sensor
It seems that a galvanic oxygen sensor is used for simple measurements and a lambda oxygen sensor is used in cars.
The MQ-8 sensor uses 5V for the heat element. The sensor could get 50 or 60 degrees celsius (the metal on the outside). That should be avoided. Ask anyone who works at a natural-gas processing plant, they might freak out.