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Offline Peaks

« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2005, 01:03:35 am »
White gas is unleaded petrol, or gasoline.  Years ago, most motor fuel sold had the lead additive.  With the anti-air pollution regulations, lead additive has been discontinued, so now all gas is in effect white gas.  

White gas for stoves is also called Coleman fuel, after the major manufacturer of gas camping appliances (stoves and lanterns)

Offline SKYMAX

« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2005, 01:39:04 am »
An experienced tourer thought this one was good.
The SVEA 123

Clear skies, Max.
Clear skies, Max.

Offline scott.laughlin

« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2005, 01:57:46 am »

I've used several.  My favorite is the propane stove that screws on top of the bottle.  You can also buy a small lantern that fits on top.  Then you can cook before dark and read later


Offline Peaks

« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2005, 01:00:37 am »
The SVEA is the original gas stove for backpackers.  Old time backpackers all have a story or two about it.  It puts out a lot of BTU.  Typical instructions for lighting are douse it in gas and throw in a match.  And you will appreciate the sound of silence after you turn it off.  The MSR Whisperlite largely replaced the SVEA stove as a backpacking stove.  Now they have the MSR Simmerlite that improves on the Whisperlite.

Offline RussellSeaton

« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2005, 11:02:57 pm »
A question regarding white gas stoves and unleaded gasoline.  It has been stated that white gas and unleaded gas out of the pump are now one in the same in the USA.  Could you burn unleaded gas in stoves that are advertised as white gas only?  The MSR Simmerlite stove says white gas only.  Would it burn just as well and cleanly using unleaded gas instead of white gas/Coleman gas?

I am asking because the MSR Simmerlite seems to be the lightest, quietest, and best simmering liquid fuel stove around.  I cook regular rice and rice needs to simmer for 20 minutes.  But I don't want a white gas only stove because it is not as convenient to find as unleaded gas.

Offline dombrosk

« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2005, 01:29:58 am »
Several thoughts:

Hello Australia!
according to MSR stoves, white gas may be called "shellite" down on top of the world.

Svea stoves?
Yes, I remember those. Pour on the gasoline, stand back and throw a match, and produce amazing amounts of heat and noise.

MSR Simmerlite?
Love it.  I am a comfort tourer.  For me the adventure can come in a lovely meal involving sauteed onions and vegetables carefully prepared and enjoyed at a beautiful camp.  My MSR Simmerlite does everything I want it to do.

White gas vs. unleaded?
Here's what MSR says about the fuels: "Always look for MSR White Gas -- the highest quality fuel available. Other common white gas brands include Coleman, Crown and CampLite. Unleaded auto gas may be used in your stove. However, additives will lead to rapid clogging, making frequent fuel line cleanings necessary. Do NOT use leaded fuels! "  Setting aside their plug for their own brand, the issue seems to be the additives that might be added at the automobile pumps.

Happy cooking (and eating) everyone!

Offline MrBent

« Reply #21 on: February 27, 2005, 09:55:34 pm »
Another vote for Colman stoves.  We used MSR and a couple of other brands for a while, but found they tended not to work well with unleaded gas, which we decided was the best choice for extended touring.  As noted, White gas/Colman fuel is virtually always packaged in 1 gallon cans--simply unacceptable for bike touring.  We met a very experienced cycle tourist on our last big tour as we were battling our very expensive Optimus, and he recommended the Apex II by Colman.  He had cooked literally hundreds of meals on his using unleaded and had never had problems.  After about three weeks of touring so far with ours, we agree!  It's a great little stove and simmers like a dream.  They can be found for about $60, give or take.