10 common questions and answers

1. Can alkylate petrol be harmful to the engine?

No, just the opposite! Alkylate petrol keeps the engine cleaner and gives greater operating reliability, better performance and a longer service life. Of course, the principle is the cleaner the petrol, the less damage to the engine. In addition, alkylate petrol has a shelf-life that is around 10 times longer. Compared to ordinary petrol, Aspen alkylate petrol can be stored for several years with no deterioration in quality. You don't need to empty the tank over the winter and your machine will start easily even after a lengthy break. Today, many engine manufacturers recommend that their machines should be run only on alkylate petrol.

2. Where can I buy alkylate petrol?

In containers, Aspen alkylate petrol is available anywhere from garden centres, DIY stores and hypermarkets to specialist stores

3. Why is alkylate better for the environment than ordinary petrol?

Aspen alkylate petrol contains up to 99%* less hazardous hydrocarbons than ordinary petrol. That means that the exhausts are much cleaner and the health risks are considerably lower. As compared to ordinary petrol, Aspen alkylate petrol produces considerably lower levels of emissions of substances that contribute to acidification and eutrophication. There is also a reduction in the formation of ground level ozone, which is not just harmful to people but also to plants and animals.

*With respect to the amount of hazardous hydrocarbons

4. Why is it more expensive than ordinary petrol?

Alkylate petrol is quite simply, in all regards, a better fuel. An improved and up to 99%* cleaner form of petrol. An extra clean and more efficient motor fuel, and, compared to ordinary petrol, it is largely free from benzene, sulphur and other hazardous substances. The supply of alkylate petrol is limited. The actual alkylisation is an advanced and expensive process. Although more and more alternatives have been developed, ordinary petrol is still the dominant fuel throughout the world. At the same time, alkylate petrol provides many added values apart from the improvements in health and the environment. Better performance. Easy-start engine And alkylate petrol has a shelf-life that is about 10 times longer, at least. In addition, the container-filling process is linked to costs, as compared to ordinary petrol which is supplied in large volumes and sold directly at the pump.

*With respect to the amount of hazardous hydrocarbons

5. Why do some people feel nauseous at the smell of alkylate?

Odours are perceived differently from one person to another. Certain people are troubled by the odour of oil in Aspen 2. Here, it is precisely the oil that is the cause. If the odour makes you feel ill, you can use Aspen 4 instead and mix in 2% of an oil you usually use.

It is important to point out that no exhausts or hydrocarbon vapours are completely harmless. However, Aspen alkylate petrol is a step in the right direction. The element in alkylate petrol that smells should not be confused with the odours from aromatic hydrocarbons, which are very hazardous. And, insidiously enough, the thing that many people like about the smell of ordinary petrol.

6. Is it true that alkylate has a longer shelf-life than ordinary petrol?

Yes, that's correct. Aspen alkylate petrol has a shelf life of around 10 times longer than ordinary petrol. Aspen alkylate has a shelf-life of 3-5 years . When you choose alkylate petrol you can feel easy about putting away the lawn mower and the outboard for the season – without emptying the tank. Confident in knowing that they will start without any problem once spring arrives.

7. If alkylate is so good, why don't people use it in their cars?

The supply of alkylate is very limited and alkylate must therefore be used where it does most good – in other words in small engines where exhaust emissions are high.

Alkylate petrol suits most petrol-driven small machines like lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, clearing saws, trimmers, snow blowers, chainsaws, mopeds, scooters and snow mobiles. It would certainly be great to be able run cars on alkylate petrol too, but it would be wasteful since environmental legislation has contributed to modern cars already having advanced exhaust treatment systems.

8. What is the difference between Aspen 2 and Aspen 4?

Aspen 2 contains 2% fully synthetic oil and is suitable for machines such as chainsaws, brusch cutters, hedge trimmers, mopeds, lawn mowers and other air-cooled two-stroke engines.
Aspen 4 is alkylate with no oil admixture and is suitable for lawn mowers, rotary cultivators, snow blowers and other four-stroke engines.

9. If I have previously used ordinary petrol in my engine, is there anything I should bear in mind if I want to change to alkylate petrol?

There is nothing at all to stop you using alkylate petrol! If the engine is more than 15 years old, we recommend that you overhaul any hoses and valves. They may have becomed affected and swollen when using ordinary petrol.

10. Can I just fill up even though I already have ordinary petrol in the tank?

Yes. For further details, see the answer above.