Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Liquid fuel ban?
Re: Liquid fuel ban?
Mon, 16 Aug 1999 01:27:25 -0000
<Quote from G2SS>
Knowledgeable adult supervision must be provided when Scouts are involved in
the storage of chemical fuels, the handling of chemical fuels in the filling
of stoves or lanterns, or the lighting of chemical fuels. The use of liquid
fuels for starting any type of fire is prohibited.
The confusion on this point appears to be that last sentence. Chemical fuel
stoves require chemical fuels. Certain chemicals are easier to use and safer
than others. I believe Ian was essencially correct with respect to "white"
The BSA, as stated above, hasn't banned chemical fuel stoves. They've just
banned the use of chemical fuels to start fires. That's what old-timers used
to call "Scoutmaster Juice" (picture of old-time Scoutmaster squirting
kerosene or lighter fluid on a fire to get his coffee going). In the OA, we
used to call it "Ceremony Water" or "Blue Water" because 1) we used a lot of
it during ceremonies, and 2) it was stored in blue cans (as opposed to red
cans which held gasoline). Above all else, please check local and state
regulations (or your local council who should already have done that).