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  1. Exactly. I've seen a lot more sludge and corrosion, both in carburetors and in engines, with gasoline than with ethanol. OBTW, why is it 15w40?
  2. What Johnny said is exactly correct. Every vehicle is different. For instance, on my old Bronco 2, the correct setting is 5.5. Not just 5, it has to be 5.5. If it's any more, the mileage drops off fast. If it's any less, it will want to stall on full strength E85 when cold. But 5.5 works great. I can go from E85 to gas and back without touching a thing. It's all down to how the kit interacts with the vehicles ECU programming.
  3. Hey at least they're still selling it. The could have pulled a Casey's and removed the blender pumps and everything.
  4. Actually, the oil I use, is Klotz Benol. It's made from castor beans. So no fossils there. https://www.klotzlube.com/techsheet.asp?ID=2 Of course there's still the 15% gas in the E85. If I had access to E100 I'd try it. I'd say the biggest effort I had to put in was the initial trial and error. Getting the oil right was the biggest thing.
  5. Just as the title says. The station has been sold and is now a Casey's. They have converted the blender pumps to only selling 87 octane e10 and 87 octane e0. The E20, 30, 50, and 85 are now gone.
  6. The big issue that I've found is that many oils don't stay mixed with E85. Mainly conventional 2-stroke oils, but some synthetics also drop some component out of suspension. The other thing with 2-strokes is that you need to have the fuel / air mixture set properly, otherwise you risk damaging the motor. I suspect this, combined with early E10, was the source of the concern with ethanol in 2-stroke motors. People had 'em set right on the edge of being too lean (where they run the best) and then just substituted in E10, pushing it over the edge to running too lean and damaging the motor.
  7. Was very busy and out of town on Thanksgiving, so a late Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
  8. If you really want to help the bees, plant some dutch white clover and creeping charlie on that little spot around the hive. I'm no bee keeper, but the local honeybees out here absolutely love the creeping charlie patch out back.
  9. Oh, Monsanto is evil, no doubt. GMO's are, in my opinion, one of the worst ideas conceived of in the history of mankind, right after communism and the atom bomb. http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/07/15/stop-poisoning-us-with-genetically-modified-foods/ http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/11/18/do-gmo-foods-cause-cancer/ There's much more out there about it if you take the time to look. I think that GMO foods should be required to be labelled as such, as a precursor to being outlawed. GMO's would be fine in fuel alcohol production though. That's where it belongs, so long as the genetically modified plant doesn't itself pose any environmental risks.
  10. That's almost within range for me! I might have to go try that out when they get it done.
  11. Just have the carburetor set for E85 only. No more complicated than gas, more power, more torque, easier to meet emissions, less chance of carburetor problems (varnishing), and cheaper fuel. What's not to like? It's not like lawn mowers take cross-country trips. ;D I think the government should eliminate the doublethink; allow for conversion and experimentation. Give manufacturers a little leeway to help people converting.
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublethink What you have described is a perfect example, on the part of those conducting "sting operations." Maybe my previous post should go down the memory hole, lest I be arrested for thought crimes. ;D 2 + 2 = ?
  13. Lawn mowers and small engines are an interesting issue for me, as I've converted most of mine to E85. That includes 30+ year old Lawn Boy 2-stroke mowers, a Briggs & Stratton 6.5HP motor on a rotor tiller, a JD LX178 riding lawn mower, a JD T30C string trimmer (also 2-stroke). If you do it right, these things run better on the ethanol (E85) than they did on gas. Particularly the 2-strokes. However, I have found some issues: 1. Most 2-stroke oils don't blend properly. Some synthetics and castor based oils do. Most off the shelf do not. 2. Running lean under load can cause severe problems. Carbureted engines can't automatically compensate their fueling to match the requirements of the engine. Ethanol in the gas can lean things out. That's why when converting to E85 it is imperative to modify the carburetor to richen the mixture. The question is, at what concentration of ethanol in the gas cause problems? Most carbureted small engines are set up (barely) rich enough to run E10. Will E15 cause problems? Probably not, but the possibility is there. At what point do the 2-stroke oils start falling out of suspension? What we really need is for small engine manufacturers to embrace ethanol. If I, in my back yard, convert all the above stuff, and run it for years without issue, then why can't the manufacturers? For a lot of stuff all they'd have to do is sell a larger main jet.
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