Scott Begin (70334.376@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 18 May 1992 22:36:04 EDT
As far as using Unleaded Gasoline in camp stoves & lanterns, it depends upon
the equipment. In the last few years, Coleman has introduced some lanterns
and stoves which will burn Unleaded Gasoline as well as regular Coleman Fuel
(White Gas). They carry a "Powerhouse" name and have silver tanks on them.
They make regular camps stoves (2 & 3 burners of varying capacities),
lanterns (single & double mantle), and they even have an Unleaded
version of the Peak 1 Backpacking stove.
Unless you have one of these, using unleaded gasoline is dangerous.
The recommendations I have heard is that using the Unleaded Gas appliances
requires more caution than using regular white gas, especially the part
about letting appliances completely cool before refueling.
Although I have looked at a stove which will burn Unleaded Gasoline (the
MSR-XGK...which burns most any petro product with the proper jet installed),
I would probably continue to use it with White Gas. It's cleaner and if
bought at the right places, not that bad of a price for a fuel especially
designed to use in camp appliances. Not only that, but unless you have your
stove burning the entire camping weekend or leave your lantern on until it
burns out, a gallon of white gas can be stretched pretty far.
Regardless of which fuel was being used, I wouldn't let scouts use anything
without supervision of a responsible adult. As it becomes inevitable in
this country that alternate fules will have to be used when camping, I would
much rather see more Scout Leaders trained in proper use of stoves so that
they can responsibly supervise scouts using their stoves.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Assistant Scoutmaster
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