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Ethanol-free gas is back at the pump

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Ethanol-free gas remains in high demand for people preferring it to fuel their smaller engines in lawnmowers or boats. However, shifts in production made it a scarce commodity in the Coastal Bend and beyond.

Rudy's BBQ started carrying the product again this week. Those who consider it a cleaner product and don't like using fuel stabilizers are rejoicing.

"People always asking where to get ethanol free, and there was until Rudy's BBQ started carrying it, no place," says customer Richard Trevino.

Trevino has been using regular gasoline, crossing his fingers that it won't damage his power tools.

"Just having to use regular gas and hoping that my power equipment will stay running well without it,' he said.

Rudy's BBQ is getting ethanol-free gasoline through Kapalua Fuels in Louisiana. At $2.39 a gallon, it's more expensive importing it, but experts say it's worth saving money on the damage regular fuel can do. 

"Any two cycle lawn mower, weed eater, chain saw, blower that's a two cycle, that means you add oil mixed to the gasoline is affected by the ethanol damage," Herman Ray Johnson, owner of Turf and Irrigation, explained. 

The alternative? You spend more money on repairs.

"Ethanol is not brand specific. It'll damage any two cycle engine, boats," he said. 

Or, pay more for stabilizer. "Stabilizer can get expensive if you're buying it all the time, so in the end it probably balances out," Trevino said. 

Now it's a one stop shop to fuel up ethanol-free. Rudy's now the only place in Corpus Christi to buy it at the pump. Rudy's staff says they will sell the ethanol free fuel as long as customers demand it. 

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