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  1. I tell people all the time do not use ethanol at all in equipment your store for extended times. I often hear but, but I use it in my car all the time. I respond do you drive your car often? Yes they say. I tell them then your fuel did not have time to become water saturated. There is good reason wise car collectors store their prized classics with non-ethanol fuel only.
  2. Bacterial growth in carb bowl filled with water & ethanol. The ethanol component of the fuel becomes saturated with water and settles to bottom of fuel tank. Over time it goes down fuel line by gravity into carb bowl as fuel evaporates out. The water saturated ethanol separates from gasoline as it is heavier.
  3. Here is some of the jelly from water being absorbed by ethanol and then bacteria acting on it. Luckily I caught this early before it caused more corrosion. Will post pic of rag with "jelly" (bacterial slime) I pulled out of this carb bowl. Stihl also has some wonderful pics & warnings of damage done by ethanol you can google.
  4. Oxidizers were federally mandated in 1997. Politicians took big contributions from the ethanol industry which is set up to benefit ethanol manufacturers and big operations. It has in fact hastened the demise of small and medium farms and the rural communities that depended on them. The farm belt has suffered greatly as a result of regulations passed that benefit the big operations. Small & medium farmers cannot compete with growing ag corporations who can buy seed with big discounts, often exploit illegal workers and can ship product cheaper. Corn had it's short 10 year or so boon after 1997. But that went bust as more marginal land was tilled under & overproduction was achieved to the benefit of ethanol producers. Many farms are still going bust or selling out to the big corporations. 75% of the land in production is owned by big corporate farms. 30 years ago you could flip that number around. So what has this gov't subsidy done for most farmers? Put them out of business!
  5. You are correct ethanol is a form of a farm subsidy. Unfortunately it benefits a few at the expense of many. It is inefficient to produce and mostly benefits large agricultural corporations not the small family farmer. It raises the price of feed for meat producers and consumers. The artificially inflated price of corn has resulted in marginal lands being plowed under, loss of game, greater pollution of the watersheds from more fertilizer and less untilled land to catch the fertilizer. I read a great deal of anecdotal evidence and guys bragging about how poorly they care for their equipment. If I was on a government welfare plan I guess I could afford to abuse my equipment but being I do not receive farm subsidies or benefit from political engineered mandates I take care of my gear. What you believe about Ethanol is incorrect. Look up MTBE, another oxygenator but I would not recommend it. Ethanol and MTBE are cheap ways to raise the octane ratings. Better gas can be made but it costs more. And it is worth putting in off road equipment that is used sporadically. All I have read here is bad maintenance advice based on anecdotes that may be true or made up for argument sakes. I could care less if somone never takes care of their equipment and recommend leaving ethanol sitting in a tank for several months without out even stabilizing the fuel at a half tank level. They all violate good maintenance practices and common sense as well. Everyone pat their buddy on their back now and dump some other nonsense on the ill informed. My recommendation is if someone does not know is to get out a manual and look up winterizing and not use the information posted above. Some know better than manuals, experienced industry leaders and the scientists who study the properties of different fuels who were consulted by the ones who published the manuals. Ethanol promoting is politically motivated not sound science and definitely not good for the environment. That is a lie of the ethanol lobby.
  6. Answer: Pure water freezes quite easily. Water mixed with methanol alchol in washer fluid still freezes easily, that makes my point about the water and alcohol mixing even though methanol (wood alchohol) is different than Ethanol (grain alchohol) but similiar enough. It is fine to use ethanol in a car provided you drive it all the time. Leave it sit to long and your tanks and fuel system corrode at a much faster rate than pure gasoline. That is well known among many experienced mechanics. That is why mechanics on toys do a lot of fuel system repairing. My experienced automotive mechanic brother found that out the hard way on his Honda outboard. He knew better he thought but chemicals do not care what one wants to believe. It is hated among aviation guys because bad gas kills. Yes some aircraft have an STC to run automotive fuel and many ultralights do also. An unethical fuel station selling off-road gas which is only rebranded ethanol has killed people due to vapor lock. The FAA investigates very thoroughly and has found mis-labelled fuel containing alcohol as a cause of vapor lock. Ethanol is also bad in your toys which sit for extended periods and that is also well known among experienced mechanics and operators. And again it is garbage from an environmental standpoint for many reasons I covered. Ethanol is a welfare program for big corporate corn growers. Soybeans as a biofuel is a much more sound agrifuel but it also causes many land over use and chemical run off issues. I am also tired as a taxpayer of spending billions to support millionaires. It also raises the price of feed for meat and dairy producers. They are the farmers who get the shaft due to ethanol mandates. And you created the issue wth your snarky comments to my first post so lets both leave it alone.
  7. "Old timer" have looked at your picture? What does poor brake maintenance have to do with the usefulness of ethanol? That's really a stretch of faulty logic with that one. I know people who hardly change their oil. Still has nothing to due with ethanol. You get more worked when their antilock system fouls up with all that moisture corroding the internals so what are you complaining about? Fuel lines still do freeze up when it gets very cold especially with Ethanol in it that has been sitting in a low tank for awhile. The problem is the fuel becomes saturated with water. Pure gasoline will not freeze in MN. Niether will pure ethanol. It is the water that freezes. Gasoline is not hydroscopic. Water and oil do not mix well. Water and ethanol do and ethanol absorbs it from the air. Water settles to the bottom of the tank and freezes up. Modern closed fuel systems have done much to eliminate tank condesation that was present in open vented systems that were common some time ago. Less condesation= equals less gas line freeze up occurences. Your antedotal cause and effect theory is off on that as well. Ethanol absorbs moisture out of the air, gasoline does not by any significant amount. My old chevy classic still has an atmospheric vent but it never runs in the winter and gets a full tank of off-road gas every fall, no ethanol as it would rust out the tanks over winter storage. 10% ethanol mixed with water freezes at 25 degrees. It is not likely to get that concentrated with water but it illustrates a point. 40% ethanol freezes with water above some low temps we see. Try a little experiment. Take an old gas can leave it about 1/3 full of E85 and open the cap all winter. You will see much more moisture than one with pure off road gasoline. Why? Because ethanol is hydroscopic. It likey water. Why do they have a special stabil for ethanol fuel? Because it likey more water which means more corrosion. Why does the refinery not mix the ethanol until they put it in the tanker trucks? Because it is hard on tanks and pumps because it likey more water and is corrosive. Yes they store it separate and do not mix until they put in the tanker truck. Why do underground tanks that store ethanol get special ethanol corrossion resistant linings and special materials in pumps? It is also hard on certain rubbers and synthetics. As far as vapor lock you may have not lived in Texas or another hot state in the summer. Vapor lock is less common because refineries formulate fuel differently depending on local conditions. The fuel you buy in the winter would likely cause vapor lock on a hot July day. Your injector theory is off also but close. Most injection systems place the pump in the tank which keeps it away from a hot engine like old mechanical systems which sat on the hot block which was the the number one cause of old mechanical fuel pump vapor lock. E10 does increase vapor pressures by 1 psi RVP which results in higher occurrence of vapor lock. And ford had a problem with vapor lock in some of their hybrid vehicles when filled with E85 in the summer. Google it. However the trend has been to reduce the RVP in order to reduce the occurrence of vapor lock from ethanol especially with summer blends. If your intent was to make someone look stupid I am more than capable of returning your favor. Chemistry and physics is not for everyone. I know many mechanics as I am one and have worked on boat motors since I was 12 and on aircraft since 19 and in every area of aircraft maintenance. Maybe you have a special place in your heart for grandpa's old farm and you cannot be subjective. Many here do. I grew up hunting on my grandpa's farm. That was a different era with less government welfare for all including farmers. Less government mandates that made no sense. Today there are very few like that romantic old farm. Today it is big ag business with big campaign contribution to legislators who are not even in their state many times. It is large corporate farms. 500 acres is considered small nowadays.
  8. Federal law requires a fuel to be oxygenated. It does not specify ethanol. That is left up to the state. CA used to use an oxygenate called MTBE which is very toxic to water suplies. Some states still do. Oxygenates raise the anti-knock properties. Some have tried to use math and faulty logic in this post but fail to understand chemistry. A little oxygenate goes a long way to raise octane(oxygen content of fuel). It is a cheap way to bump up lower quality (less refined gas) to a higher octane. Pure ethanol produces about 20% less energy. Hybrids by their nature are not the most efficient at burning E85 or E10 so you lose either way and may see a 25% reduction in mileage.
  9. E-85 has other issues. It is hydroscopic which means it attracts water. Water is corrosive when mixed with ethanol and gasoline. It hastens corrosion of your entire fuel system. It is more prone to vapor lock in the summer which causes your vehicle to not start easy. Designing an engine to run it means it will not run well on either e85 or e10. Jack of all trades, master of none. The engine will try to adjust but it would be better to be just set up for one or the other and not a hybrid for both. Ethanol is terrible for the environment. Top soils are being depleted which means less nutrients in your food and more chemicals applied which get into your water. Everything is being tilled under due to the artificially high price of corn and soy which means less area to support wildlife and less margin land to filter the chemicals before they get into the streams and watershed which means more chemicals in you and your kids. Meanwhile the landed class ie. the few corporate farmers left make a killing somewhat literally.
  10. April 1 several years ago it got to 90 degrees. I had to go wading to get off the ice which was not to bad considering it was 90. The dog did not like the cold water much either but the fishing was good. Just had to toss bucket to shore and jump in 4 ft of cold water. Brrr It was only a little jump in the morning but by mid afternoon things opened up a bit from shore. Last day of ice fishing that year but I was out in the boat 2 weeks later.
  11. Wausau was huge last year so I wonder why they are on the same weekend??? December 20-22 may have worked better but it is really close to Christmas but that may have been good. It can't be good for either show but I will go to Wausau again based on last year.
  12. Seems Frabill quit using canvas craft in 2010 or possibly 2011 on some models. If you got lucky you could find a 2011 Norpac CC built tent on some Frabills being sold in 2012. So you might find an older one at a little bait shop assuming they did not sell many and did not clear them out. But if they know what they are doing they will ask more for the Norpac Frabill. Lots of ifs. Trying to find a used one may work but there is high demand already this year.
  13. If you want to run two batteries in parallel you should always disconnect the two from each other when they are not in use especially for extended periods. This prevents one from possibly discharging the other which leaves you with 2 bad batteries instead of one. Due to incresed resistance in older batteries and possible internal shorting one may self-discharge faster than the other.It is best to buy 2 new(manufactured in the last 2 months) batteries of the exact same size and brand and run them together. You only increase total power output relative to the current draw. If you have a high current draw like a trolling motor you may see 20% more output because you cut the amps in half to each battery which reduces heating up the battery which is wasted energy. You are also less likely to drain the battery as far down which always shortens the number of cycles lead acid batteries can go through. If you are using a low current draw you will not see much of a gain in total output but if you draw batteries down deep you shorten their service life. So having 2 down say 25% is better than 1 down 50% as far as service life is concerned. But if you have to transport batteries to recharge you now have 2 to take back instead of possibly 1 on a short outing. I regularly get about 6 to 8 years on my deep cycles but I charge them right away, run them in parallel, do not take them way down, and maintain them when they are not in use (put on automatic charger at least once every 2 months). Do not leave them on a dumb 2 amp manual for months because it will slowly stir the electrolyte and you will end up with dry cells. Seen more batteries wrecked that way by guys who "knew what they were doing." My background: avionics, advanced avionics course(electronic engineering), radar technician, reciprocating and jet engine mechanic, airframe mechanic and a boat mechanic for 30 years as a side business and many hours spent studying battery designs. If you want to learn about real deep cycle batteries which are not in your boat go to a solar power HSOforum. I do not post here much even though I have been here 5 years so if you want to argue find another tree. Otherwise if you have sincere questions spend some time with google and do your homework. I am no expert but it would be fair to say I know more about batteries than the other 98% maybe even 99% of people out there. The guys who know more and who are the experts are the guys who design them for a living and you can call Penn batteries or even stop by your local Interstate dealer. They are the one of the few battery sales guys I have met that truly know what they are doing. I also will attest to the quality of Interstate batteries and any other battery brands made by Penn batteries of which some are sold as Fleet Farm Brands. Ask because it may have changed. Some Walmart Deep Cycle batteries were made by Penn back in 2008 and they both still work fine. But their sales guy will not have a clue and they do not seem to be Penn now. Lowest bidder thing. Make sure you check the date code on the battery which is usually alpha for the month and numeric for the year. Ie. A3 which would be Jan 2013. I have seen 2.5 year old batteries sitting on the shelf of a well known national Auto parts store that when tested read very low voltage. Hope that helps those needing new deep cycle batteries.
  14. Next obvious question are Nils blades easy to find like strikemaster lazers?
  15. Nils are nice augers. So are strike master lazers. Question for nils owners can you sharpen the blade yourself or is it a throw away like lazers. Lazers are so hard to resharpen when you trade them in with strikemaster/iceforce in Big Lake they just toss them but give a bulk pack set at a discounted price.
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