Sounds like you're getting some good advice. I would question the value of starting the engine at all on the off season, for the purpose of keeping the fuel from turning to shellac. Outboards don't like old fuel. Turning it over won't make it any younger. Absolutely, at the end of the season, put the appropriate amount of fuel stabilizer in your fuel and run the engine long enough for the stabilized fuel to fill the carb. Very easy...very effective. Then, fogging the engine is a good idea, with the engine running, but not as important as the stabilizer.
And as the others have said, running it dry will destroy your impeller rather quickly.
The five gallon bucket will work well enough. In neutral