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Regional Gas Question For Forum Members

I have an ignorant question...

First thing, I hate ethanol-added gas. HATE it. But I've read here so many times about how people have to treat their gas and how they can't get E-Free gasoline, or if they can get it it's $20+ a gallon.

I live in NW Iowa, and literally every town for hundreds of miles has ethanol-free gas. In my town, the 89 octane 10% blend is $2.36 right now, and ethanol-free 87 octane is $2.47. It's literally never even a consideration or thought when we go to fill up gas cans, you just get the straight gas and it's a few pennies more.

My question is that I'm curious as to what other areas of the country (or Canada) have with gas availability. I guess I had no idea there were places in the country that didn't offer E-Free gas.

What is the situation and prices where you live?
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I'm in Michigan. I have an ethanol-free station about two miles away. Three other stations around me also carry it, the farthest being about 20 minutes.

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I should add that not only does every town here have E-Free, every station does as well.
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In Connecticut, it appears there is 28 locations to purchase regular gas, i.e., Ethanol Free. Did not realize until I just checked now. I would have to drive some to get to one, but they are there supposedly.

I have always used the Ethonal gas at my local Citgo, added my Stabil and Seafoam, and never had any issues in any of my equipment. For as long as I can ever remember.

Don't get me wrong, I have repaired lots of machines where people don't use anything and let machines sit, and then won't start, and then they sit some more ... lol
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in good ol Cali we don't have E-FREE but I can get in Reno about 40 miles away.

our gas is $4.29 a gallon for regular 87

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It's available here but the closest station is a good 30 minutes away so I don't bother. I do use Stabil and haven't had any issues so far. Off season I drain the tank, fuel lines and carburetor bowl dry, especially with snow equipment. Snowfall is "iffy" around here, sometimes we get hammered and sometimes the most appropriate tool is a broom, and everywhere in between. So it is conceivable to go a full year or two and never start the engine. One time I went four years, but then the "law of averages" caught up with us big time and I was happy to have that snow blower!
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Originally Posted by orangputeh View Post
our gas is $4.29 a gallon for regular 87

We are currently at $2.79 for 87 octane 10% ethanol. We have no non leaded anywhere close. I think it's because we are near a major metropolitan area (Chicago) and we do have our cars pollution tested every two(?) years.

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Non-Ethanol is easy to find here in Western NY. Not all stations, but enough, I have one about 5 miles away.
90 octane, maybe a dollar more per gallon than the regular 87 octane 10% ethanol.


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In upstate NY, a regional convenience chain carries e free premium.
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All premium here in New Brunswick, and I believe Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, is ethanol free.

Regular unleaded self serve (87 octane) is $1.184 per litre here (at 3.78 litres/US gallon that is$4.48/US gallon).

Prices are regulated here with a maximum retail price set by the Energy and Utilities Board. This is based on the New York harbour commodities price with allowances for taxes, and wholesaler, retail and delivery margins. Retailers can sell for less and Costco tends to be the lowest price if they are in the market. New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board - Current Petroleum Prices

If you are in Canada here is an interesting article on where your gasoline comes from.

Our city has the largest refinery in Canada (300,000 bbl/day) with a lot of gasoline exported to the Northeastern US
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