• Jun 19, 2009
While ethanol blended into gasoline can be a comparative good deal (or a possible scam), there's also good money to be made ignoring the biofuel altogether. At least, that's the case for two gas stations in Brevard County, Florida that proudly sell ethanol-free gasoline.

The driving force for the pure gasoline comes, unsurprisingly, from boaters and from motorcycle riders, but also people who want the extra mpgs that come from ditching ethanol. The fuel is sold as recreational gasoline and one station owner calls it a "more rare product." It will get even more rare in a few years. 2011 is a deadline for all gasoline sold in Florida - except for fuel intended for boats, collector cars and small engines - to contain at least some ethanol. For now, anyone can fill up using recreational gasoline, and Florida Today talked to some SUV and boat owners who were more than willing to drive out of their way to the two stations for the corn-free gas.

[Source: Florida Today]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know if what they said is true but I was listening to a Saturday morning radio show about cars and engines in general and they got onto the topic of ethanol in gasoline. What they said is that it's bad to have it sitting around for a long time in a gas can because the ethanol attracts water since it's water soluble. So in a situation where you're using it for a lawnmower, say, and the can of gas sits in the garage for a long time between mowings, it can collect enough water to screw up the engine in the lawnmower and make it not start or run properly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those who have older lawn mowers need to use the ethanol free fuel also. There's a couple of stations in St. Petersburg, FL also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the up to 10% ethanol is ok for new-ish lawnmowers. I've never had a problem with it here in Orlando.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Where in St. Pete have you found ethanol free gas?

        Thanks, Ray
        • 5 Years Ago
        I didn't even know that was a concern. Is the 10% ethanol OK for new-ish lawnmowers?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ethanol-free gasoline in Crystal RIver, FL, at MYSTIC Station.

      Ethanol-free Gasoline in Mariana, FL, at T/A Truck Stop
        • 5 Years Ago
        Also, Ethanol-Free gasoline at Loxley Alabama, I-10 and Rte 59..Chevron Station
      • 5 Years Ago
      Leave it to people to go nuts about ethanol and not realize that they are doing more damage than good. In order to reduce emissions MTBE was used as a gasoline additive. Turns out it also does a pretty good job of contaminating local water supplies. So the solution of course is to add 5-10% ethanol as your additive of choice instead. Therefore, by buying ethanol free gasoline you are either using MTBE and contaminating the ground water, or using no additives and thereby increasing smog. Florida is usually a little lax on air regulation, so I don't know if they have phased out MTBE entirely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Modern emission systems clean up exhaust without the need for oxygenates like MTBE.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm able to get ethanol free gasoline locally in Albany, Oregon. They call it "clean 90" (90 for the octane rating). It is available here because boaters demanded the loophole from the State regulators. I use it in my lawn mowers and weed trimmer, as I've heard that the ethanol will attack rubber seals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ethanol has higher octane than gasoline.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I totally agree with avoiding ethanol gasoline. First, it is FORCED on people and we do not yet understand the ramifications on wear-and-tear of cars. Second, it is worse for gas mileage. If I could drive out of my way for a gas station with ethanol-free unleaded gas I would!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ethanol is a scam and has been for a long time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where can I get ethanol free gas in the Leesburg florida area??
      Chug-chug
      • 5 Years Ago
      If MTBE is/was so bad, why did they use it in place of lead? When was the last time anyone died of lead poisoning from gasoline? Has it ever happened. Oh, you say, it lowers the IQ of kids. But wait a minute, you PC greenie liberal moron, I thought IQ was a right-wing delusion? So then if it's not IQ, what's wrong with lead? Goddam subversive tyrannical government. And incompetent, too. But that goes without saying.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lead was used as an inexpensive octane booster. As it would poison catalytic converters, it was removed from the fuel stream in the 70s.

        MTBE was used as an oxygenate. The need for it was removed by the introduction of oxygen sensors in the exhaust. However, whether it was technically required or not, the laws requiring an oxygen boot remained. MTBE was replaced by EtOH as a political / look-like-you're-doing-something-green ploy
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm fortunate that I have a couple of different stations local that still sell non-ethanol gasoline. It's pretty easy to figure out your break even cost. My vehicle gets approximately 12% worse fuel economy when running E10. That would roughly mean that E-10 at $2.50 is the same price as non-ethanol gasoline at $2.85. I'm going to say that real gasoline at $2.75 vs E-85 at 2.37 (as in the above picture) is a bargain based on fuel economy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not working, money is tight. I am disgusted that the USA has plenty of gas in the gulf and elsewhere. Why is the gov't lying to us and making us spend more for gas han we have to. Where is the money really going to and whose pockets? What is that we don't know that we are being lied to or hidden from. When are we americans going to stop being stupid and passive?

      Where can I still get free ethanol gas before 2011 and do we have to change our tanks to adapt ot putting in ethanol.

      Thank you

      DJ
      • 5 Years Ago
      try www.buyrealgas.com
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