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Tru-Fuel vs. E0 gas

So I would like to hear any opinions on what might be the best way to go as far as fuel goes for my first time owner of a snowblower.

My friend tells me to go out and buy a case (6 cans) of Tru-Fuel at $36.00.
Since the gas tank only holds one gallon, that would cost me $24.00 per tank full.
I found a service station about an hour from where I live that sells "ethanol FREE" 89 octane gasoline. I could fill a 5 gallon container for about $17.50 and then add some sort of stabilizer. Any thoughts?
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I would use regular gas with a lil marine stabil. Then drain at the end of the season. If you want, then run ethanol free gas thru it for a little while then drain again.
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TruFuel is a waste of money. If you you add Stabil or a similar product to you regular ethanol gas you will have the same thing for for $3.00 a gallon. I buy gas about 3.5 to 4 gallons at a time at the BP station and use 1 ounce of Stabil, 1 ounce of Sea Foam and 1 ounce of Marvel mystery oil to the 4 gallons. I don't get anal about the precise amount but stay close to that ratio. Been doing this since we got ethanol gas here in WI in 1982. I have as of yet to have a fuel related small engine problem and there are about 25 small engines around my house. Briggs, Tecumsehs, Kohlers, Lawn Boys, Kawasakis and several different Chinese clone engines. Roger
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I have a station also about 1/2 hour away that sells ethanol free 91 Octane Gas. I took down a 5 gallon can and added the Briggs & Straton stabilizer just as an extra preventative measure.

I started using this ethanol free in my leaf blower this summer as well (mixed with oil of course). I noticed it starts a lot easier and seems not to leave that oil/gas smell as much on your clothes. I used it in my my Honda mower as well and had good luck.

I just bought another 5 gallons in October for this winter for the snowblower. It is a little of hassle to drive a half hour for gas but my dealer tells me the gas should be good for at least a year without any stabil. Knock on wood no issues so far.
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Don't know where you live, but any marinas closer than an hour? They usually sell "recreation" gas. Also if you have any equipment rental places closer, ask them. We have a local one and they get ethanol free delivered and sell it. I'm lucky as my parents live on a lake and their neighbor owns the local mini mart gas station. He is an avid water skiing fan and put a "rec" gas pump in during a remodel 2 years ago. Nearly the entire lake gets their boating, snowmobile and lawn tractor gas there now. Guy has a gold mine.
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I would buy the oxygenated/E10/ethanol added fuel that was close by and add a little stabilizer (Stabil Marine) before I started spending $23 a gallon for canned gas. If there was a station not too far away I'd make the drive for it but not over 30 minutes away.

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Guys, I live in surburban Philadelphia, PA.
Isn't the "Ethanol-Free" gasoline better than gas with ethanol added?
Not sure why some of you say use ethanol laced gas when I can buy E0.
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Detail, definitively buy Ethanol free gas if you have Gas Bars offering it and even if it is 88 or 89 octane then the better it is.

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Ethanol free gas is the way to go. no additives or stabilizers needed. I run it in all my equipment and vehicles.
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For a small engine ethanol free is the way to go as it's less likely to break down and cause carburetor problems.
BUT if that ethanol free gas is $24 dollars a gallon then in my opinion it's not worth it and I'd just get the regular fuel (E10) at the corner gas station and use some stabil in it.

I can get non-oxygenated fuel (E0) at the local gas station and I still add a little stabil to it just for cheap insurance in case I forget to drain something and leave fuel in it during it's "off" season.
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