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Old Nov 14, 2007, 08:25 AM   #1
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How to store and use E85/Ethanol

Here is what you need to do if you don't have an E85 fuel station close by or you just want to keep some for storage:

Purchase 55 gallon drums. - I got 4 of them.
Any plastic recycler or container company should have these. Mine originally stored methanol which is more corrosive, so I know they will hold up just fine. I got mine for $5 dollars each.



Next, you will need to buy a 5 gallon container.
I paid around $30 dollars for one like this and it came with a hose that screws into the top. Any performance shop should be able to get you one.



You will also need a small hollow pipe.
I bought one from Home Depot for just a couple bucks. I had to grind it down a little bit. Stick it in the other end of the hose and put a clamp on it. It should be the perfect size for your gas tank nozzle.



Don't forget some king of pump (I use an old vacuum).



Last, some good ol' E85.



I usually rent a Uhaul trailor and drive about 90 miles to fill up. Takes about 1 1/2 hours to get 220 gallons. Bring it back and unload it. One guy can move one full drum at a time to a convenient spot in your garage. It is nice to have two people though.
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Old Nov 14, 2007, 09:06 AM   #2
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Great post, if only I had e85 around here.
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is there any risk of static electricity igniting?
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what do you need to run E85? ON OUR EVO'S? ''im stock'' thank you.
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is there any risk of static electricity igniting?
If you are storing drums that size you should have some type of anti static device attached. I store my 55 gallon drum of methanol with a ground wire attached.
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what do you need to run E85? ON OUR EVO'S? ''im stock'' thank you.
Fuel pump, injectors, and a tune
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thank you, thats all i would need? a walbro would do it?
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Way to support E85!
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Nice post, I will be tuning my evo to run E85 next year and plan to store some fuel as well. It is slightly out of the way for me and will be a good idea to keep some in my garage
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Good info. Lucky for me I have two stations within 10 miles of my house selling E85 (E70 now) at $2.85/gal. at the moment. The thing I am trying to figure out until I switch over is the safest way to transport some for emergency on long road trips. Besides gutting the trunk and strapping down a few 5 gallon jugs, anyone have any other good ideas?

Not to nitpick, but E85 threads are popping up in here alot, perhaps they should be in the "Alternative fuels section?" not that they are totally inappropriate here either
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Not to nitpick, but E85 threads are popping up in here alot, perhaps they should be in the "Alternative fuels section?" not that they are totally inappropriate here either
I agree, but usually the only people that go there are the ones already using it. This post just shows how easy it is (after a few steps) to use. The benefits of this fuel are so great imo. I'd love to see more and more people interested in this stuff.
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Just saw this thought it was really cool!

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Been using it for about 2 years off and on now. I can't wait until it is more available in my area. Talk about a great race fuel option.
Its pretty amazing stuff I've been running it for a few months ~4,000 miles and couldn't be happier. 105 octane for $3.00 a gallon is hard to beat.
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