Ethanol-free gasoline now pumping in Brazil

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Gary Baysinger and Traci Smith stand next to a new pump dedicated to ethanol-free gasoline at the Brazil Shell.
Frank Phillips photo

•While gasoline with ethanol burns well in fuel-injected engines, other gas engines do better using gas without ethanol, says convenience store chain owners.

The Brazil Shell convenience store at the corner of U.S. 40 and Murphy Avenue on the city’s east side has found its pilot program of offering ethanol-free gasoline to be successful and the company plans to sell it in other stations, said Gary Baysinger, one of the company’s owners.

According to there are 98 retailers in Indiana that sell ethanol-free gasoline but only one is in Brazil — the Brazil Shell station.

It is a trend that is growing across the United States because equipment and motors that do not have fuel injectors do better with gasoline that does not contain ethanol, a form of alcohol.

The Federal Clean Air Act encouraged the use of ethanol to reduce pollution.

“It burns cleaner,” Baysinger said. “It works great for fuel injection engines but the older carburetors are not designed for that. Ethanol has a degrading factor to it, especially in small engines — weed eaters, lawnmowers and things like that.”

The ethanol can deteriorate ply fuel lines and fuel filters, he said.

The cost per gallon is “a little higher,” he said.

Also, ethanol does not have a long shelf life and equipment that can safely burn ethanol-free gas does better when stored over winter months and not being used, he said.

Last spring, the convenience store began offering ethanol-free fuel on a trial basis, to see if there was a demand. Sales supported the ethanol-free gas and now the company has installed a pump dedicated to the product on the station’s east side, near the kerosene pump.

The company may place the product in other of its stations in the future.

Customers seek out sources of ethanol-free gas on the internet and customers have loaded fuel tanks in the back of trucks and have driven to Brazil to fill up from Jasper and other counties, he said.

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  • Other then burning cleaner, are there other advantages to the buyer? What's the price compared to regular gasoline?

    -- Posted by Second Chance on Wed, Feb 15, 2017, at 5:28 PM
  • Ethanol gas burns faster so you use almost twice as much for the same mileage as regular gas. Thus, it costs much more to use it.

    -- Posted by rusty.coley on Thu, Feb 16, 2017, at 9:04 AM
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