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lawheelock
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Group,

I am finding more and more ethanol free auto fuel available at some Murphy stations (usually at WalMarts)  We passed through Marshall, TX on the way down here to the RGV last month and at the gas/diesel pump there was a small, third pump with ethanol free gas.  Today, Nov 10, I found one at the Murphy station in Elsa, TX so check around, Stinson owners, you may find fuel in unexpected places.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 11/11/2019 4:51 am
Dennis Crenshaw
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Not happening here in central VA, Larry.  I got my hopes up because there is a rural station not 5 miles from the airport where I keep my plane that was selling ethanol free gasoline.  The enviro wackos at the Virginia Department of  Environmental Quality made the the station pull the plug on that pump. 

Dennis Crenshaw.  N6102M.

 
Posted : 11/11/2019 8:32 pm
Bob
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Ethanol free fuel had gone the way of the Dodo Bird here in New England. Then, about 8 or so years ago a trucker in Vermont got the idea that we should have it available and he maybe could profit from it. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He worked his way through all the needed permits and government officials and eventually got approved to import ethanol free from Canada. They still make it there during the summer months, in the winter it is forced to have Ethanol as part of the cold weather blend. He then went around finding customers (and as the word spread, customers came to him) and he started delivering the stuff. Yay! He is the supplier for quite a few gas stations in this region and also for quite a few airports that put in an ethanol free pump when the supply became available.

He always filled his tanker truck just before they stopped making it every fall but would run out before the winter was over, so all the vendors also ran out. I took to stockpiling the stuff in the fall. Then his business grew enough that he jumped through more hoops and started importing it by the railroad tank car full and storing it until he needs it. Now we have it available all year around. Yay! The local state governments made a few efforts to shut him down but he prevailed and now it looks like things are here to stay. Yay, again!

The big fuel companies also fought him. Several local gas stations were told to stop selling it or they would pull the plug on the station's association with that brand of fuel. One local station caved to the pressure and two more became independent unbranded stations in order to keep selling the stuff. Yay, again! The owners claim to be making a good business of the ethanol free, people come from miles around to fuel their antique vehicles, planes, landscaping equipment, etc etc. It works for everyone. Because of the extra shipping, handling and storage costs the fuel costs about a dollar more a gallon than ethanol fuel but man is it great to have it available!

Bob and Pat and the two Stinsons

 
Posted : 18/11/2019 4:20 pm
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Brett
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Hi, I just joined, as purchased a 108-1 recently. Is there any problem running 87 lead free fuel from gas station in the engine as I think that is what they started out using?  Southern states in VA sells it. 

 
Posted : 05/12/2021 3:08 pm
Robert Picard
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Just make sure there is no ethanol in it.

This post was modified 1 year ago by Robert Picard

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 05/12/2021 8:01 pm
Brett
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@bob-picard   Thanks, I checked, and has no ethanol. 

 
Posted : 07/12/2021 11:09 am
lawheelock
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As of November 21, 2021, the Murphy station at Elsa Texas still had seperate pumps at each island for ethanol free gas.  I have seen some other Murphy stations here in Texas that have it but don't recall just where. 

I buy it to stock some for my emergency generators and use it when storing the lawn tractor and other small engines along with a dose of Sta-Bil.  I no longer need it in my Stinson since I have a Lyc 180 which does fine on 100LL though I wish I could get a 90+ octane no lead for it as the O-360-A1A, O360-A1D and several of the other O360 180 hp Lycomings also are originally certified on 90+ octane avgas.

 

Larry Wheelock

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 10/12/2021 6:27 pm
Katherine
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I have some car buddies that have used this website removed link to find ethanol-free premium for their high performance cars. Obviously easier to find in some states than others, and might not be close to your particular airport, but its out there.

I remember finding the occasional gas station with an ethanol free offering (usually in Oregon or Montana) when I drove between Seattle and Denver a couple times a year but that's a few years ago now. 

The website also advertises an Android app to help find ethanol free gas (I'm an iPhone user so I can't say if the app is any good).

If you have any local info, I'm sure Pure-gas would be glad to upload it and spread the word too! 

 
Posted : 03/01/2022 10:59 pm
Will Ware (Webmaster ISC)
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Posted by: @haaskagmail-com

I have some car buddies that have used this website removed link to find ethanol-free premium for their high performance cars. Obviously easier to find in some states than others, and might not be close to your particular airport, but its out ther

 

As a new member, the forum removed the link, can you try again or send it to me and I will add it? Thanks and Welcome

 
Posted : 05/01/2022 5:09 am
Katherine
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@stinsono

See if this works https://www.pure-gas.org/  

or this 

pure-gas.org 

 

 
Posted : 05/01/2022 5:12 am
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