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post #1 of 12 Old 12-03-2015, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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If I went to the local marina for...

....gasoline, would they sell it to me in a can? Would it be ethanol-free? Octane level?

Let's assume I am in RI or MA.

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Private oil company which sells 110 octane race gas.
Mix it with 91 octane pump gas to achieve your desired octane.
Too much octane reduces top rpm.
Just right octane decreases detonation in high compression engines.
More octane than needed in a regular compression engine is merely wasted money.

So, I guess the question is, do you plan on shaving the head on your snowblower?

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Higher octane also can cause hard starting as the thing that helps control detonation also inhibits combustion. The colder it is outside the harder high octane is to get started. That's true of all grades of gas but it might be a consideration for someone who doesn't have inside or heated storage. Low octane starts easiest. That's why it's always best if you can find regular grade without alcohol.

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Yeah, I know where I can buy race gas, but what is sold at a typical marina apart from diesel fuel?
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Marinas around me sell the same stuff you get in the street. They just charge $1.00 a gallon more for it. I guess for a concrete answer, check out you local marina and see what he sells.

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OK, thanks, Ray. I was hoping they might get special consideration (ethanol-free) because of the proximity to water and all that.
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Ok, I wasn't completely off base with this. I found this site that has pricing around the country and many stations do offer an ethanol-free gasoline

Next question: are they allowed to dispense into a gas can?

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That's a cool site, now if I was just closer to New Rochelle I could get some ethanol free gas! Lol. I would think you could get in a can, after all the little outboards use those portable gas tanks, I don't see why a gas can wouldn't be treated any differently. I would definitely give it a shot if I were you.

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I'm lucky, I have a local station that sells non-alcohol gas. It's labeled as non-oxygenated fuel for collector cars and small engines.

I don't know about marinas and what they sell, but if you're looking for non-alcohol gas I'd suggest checking out speed shops and car clubs and see where they buy their fuel. Collector cars are especially sensitive to alcohol so they likely will know where to buy what they need.
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I actually work at a boat yard. I'm in Massachusetts. We sell fuel that has ethanol but also comes delivered with Valvetec fuel stabilizer. That's one reason it costs more than on the street. As a mechanic, I have asked why we don't have ethanol-free fuel. The answer is that unless it is race fuel, you cannot buy it legally in this state. This is what I am told. On this subject, I have just heard that the EPA, or somebody, has "just approved E15 fuel for sale." THAT ought to be interesting at a boat yard; as all the marine engine manufacturers have stated that if you use E15 in their engines, the warranty is void. They flat-out state that their engines will NOT tolerate it. Never mind the fuel tanks and lines, which are usually done by the BOAT manufacturers. E10 in boats (and snow blowers) is already a nightmare. I guess it's about to get worse.

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