scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: White Gas
Daniel Claff (Reclaff@AOL.COM
Sat Aug 05 2000 - 08:36:19 CDT
I have little to add to Fla-Bob Pete's excellent description of white gas.
My understanding, though, is that white gas is made a little differently that
gasoline. It does not contain cracked gasoline, which means that is has
fewer unsaturated and aromatic components (sorry about the technical jargon
here). Also, extra antioxidant additives have been added. All of this is
done to prevent gum formation, either in fuel lines or on prolonged contact
with air in the container. This is good news for those asking questions
about prolonged shelf life.
Fla-Bob Pete is absolutely right about differential evaporation and octane.
My understanding is that the "white" is because dye has not been added to it.
Dye is (or used to be) added to gasoline as a safety measure to readily
identify it from other liquids.
Although I am a scientist (an environmental scientist), I also admit limited
expertise on this topic. But I do work in the petroleum industry.
ASM, Troop 1570