Ethanol Can Kiss My Gas

November 1, 2013 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Now that ethanol has taken over many of the “regular” unleaded pumps around town, I’ve been on the lookout for gas stations that carry ethanol-free options. It appears that Super C has fuel without ethanol, and recently I learned that Casey’s does as well. (Casey’s has the bonus of being a participant in Hy-Vee’s Fuel Saver program.) Thank goodness.

I’m not a big ethanol fan. I haven’t done any recent comparisons, but historically my vehicle’s fuel efficiency would drop as much as 10% when using an ethanol blend. That’s no good, and it comes on top of all of ethanol’s other problems. I’d rather do without it, thankyouverymuch.

So for now I’m a solid Casey’s and/or Super C customer. If any other stations have ethanol-free options, let me know and I’ll add them to my list.

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Scott T November 1, 2013 at 2:12pm

I drove by the Get and Split at 48th and Hwy 2 this morning and they had a huge sign in the window that they have alcohol free gas.  I’m not sure if they have any other locations in town.

Mr. T November 1, 2013 at 2:28pm

I try to only use “premium” gas at 91 octane (or above) as per my car’s performance requirements. I’ve even come across some stations in town that blend the premium with ethanol. Ugh, no thanks.

Just Thinkin' November 1, 2013 at 3:04pm

The new EZ Go station near 25th and O carries it. It tends to cost 5 to 7 cents less than other stations around town.

Fletch November 1, 2013 at 3:13pm

Great post! Have hit the Super C to get gas for the mower/snowblower. You don’t want to put ethanol in those, from what I understand. Filled the truck there at the same time.

Matt Olberding November 1, 2013 at 3:26pm

There’s actually quite a debate as to whether E-10 is OK to use in small engines, and even the manufacturers disagree. Stihl, for instance, says it’s OK, while Briggs & Stratton is vehemently opposed. The Outdoor Power Institute, a trade group for the small engine industry, also agrees E-10 is OK in most engines. However, anything more than E-10 is not only bad, it’s illegal. I’m not an advocate one way or the other. I used ethanol in may cars for a long time, then realized that the loss in fuel economy more than offset the price difference. Now, because of the new standards, I’m back to using ethanol, because the price spread is now a lot higher.

meatball November 4, 2013 at 3:55pm

I’ve used E-10 in my small engines for years without issue. Same goes for my vehicles. I’ve been filling up with E-15 (U-Stop at 84th & Cornhusker Hwy. is the only place I’ve found it in Lincoln) when I can. Again, without issue.

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