One of the rural fuel companies in my region has ethanol-free gasoline. Only the 91 is marked as ethanol-free, the 87 is presumably the usual E10 blend.

If you look closely you can see the mechanical meter instead of the LCD panel you usually see today. The nozzle hung on the side with a big on/off cover that swiveled across the slot, and every type of fuel had its own pump. But even with the old-style pumps, there was a fancy credit card station in the center of the island serving all 4 pumps.


It’s one of those agriculture-centric cooperatives you see in rural areas, this one focused on fuels. They had clearly-labeled pumps for on-road vs off-road diesel. There was a row of large household propane tanks up in front, plus huge storage tanks at one side. And, in front of the main building under an awning, a place to sit:

I only noticed it on the way out so the photo sucks, but I’m pretty sure that’s a bench seat from a pickup or SUV bolted to the concrete pad. Farm country is full of people who have mastered the art of making use of whatever they have handy.

The reason we were there was that I was doing some work with a guy who found that his small engines (lawn care type stuff, mostly 2-stroke) start more easily and require less maintenance with ethanol-free gasoline. He uses ordinary gas station blend in his cars because they run fine and it’s considerably easier to find. I don’t currently own any gasoline engines myself, so the main thing I do with ethanol is drink it, typically in some brewed form from a handheld glass or metal container.

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