tis the start of storage season soon
While not wanting to say so, you make a pretty good argument for ethanol being a bad fuel:I wouldn't say ethanol or any other type of fuel is a bad fuel, when used in the vehicle it was designed for . The Vintage Mustang was not, so I use non ethanol fuel in them . I also use it in the ATVs, lawn mowers, chainsaws, trimmers and blowers because they were designed for pure gas. The wife's car was designed for use with E -10, E-15, E-85 or whatever but even her car still gets better fuel mileage and delivers more net power with pure gasoline. There's just more stored energy in refined dinosaur juice than fermented corn, ideal for a slower burn. The problem is alcohol of any kind likes to bond with water, so if there's any in the atmosphere and it can get into your gas tank or the open top of a carburetor, the problems begin there.
Where would we be without ethanol for racing applications? It isn't nearly the issue in modern sealed fuel systems. It burns hot and it burns relatively clean. Makes a pretty good source for certain heating and lighting conditions, and a good source of initial ignition when a primary system takes over. You can blow stuff up with it. And if it's well refined, ethanol can be pretty good for drinking, I hear. Trouble comes when people drink too much, especially if they decide to go blow stuff up after...:grin2:While not wanting to say so, you make a pretty good argument for ethanol being a bad fuel:
1.) Lower mileage, even in cars designed for it.
2.) Hygroscopic nature (likes to absorb water). This is particularly bad for fuel systems were ethanol is allowed to sit for an extended period of time, regardless of engine design.
BTW, nothing against farmers, my in-laws are farmers.
I've seen people put plastic on their couches, or even on their car seats to keep them looking new. I've never seen anyone put plastic on the whole car before though.