Understand the Different Fuels for Camping Stoves


Different Fuel for Stoves

White Gas: (or white gasoline, or naphta)
White gas is a common name for two flammable substances. In its most common modern usage, it is used as a generic name for camp stove and lantern fuel, usually naphtha. White gasoline, also called white gas can also be a name for pure gasoline, without additives (dye added for identification). White Gas is a cleaner fuel to burn than regular gasoline. Clean ++, availability +, efficiency +++

keroseneKerosene: (or paraffin oil)

Sometimes spelled kerosine in scientific and industrial usage, kerosne is a combustible hydrocarbon liquid is produced chiefly by the distillation and purification of crude oil.┬ Clean +, availability ++, efficiency ++


A fuel derived from petroleum but heavier than gasoline/petrol. Used to power diesel engines which burn this fuel using the heat produced when air is compressed. The worst fuel to use with your stove (a lot of stoves won’t even burn it). Clean -, availability +++, efficiency +


Gasoline: (or petrol)
is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture, primarily used as fuel in internal combustion engines. It is also used as a solvent, mainly known for its ability to dilute paints. Clean ++, availability +++, efficiency +++<


Alcohol: (denatured alcohol, methylated spirit)
Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has additives to make it poisonous, unpalatable, and thus, undrinkable. In some cases it is also dyed. It is used as a solvent and as fuel for spirit burners and camping stoves. It relatively clean to burn and works pretty well on stove designed for it (ex. evernew alcohol stove) but work poorly on liquid fuel stove. Clean ++, availability ++, efficiency ++


Liquified Petroleum Gas: (or LPG, LP Gas, GPL, Gas canister, Gas cartridges, Butane / Propane)
LPG is a mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as a fuel in heating appliances and vehicles, and increasingly replacing chlorofluorocarbons as an aerosol propellant and a refrigerant to reduce damage to the ozone layer, inferring that it is flammable. This is the cleanest fuel you can burn on your stove but it won’t perform well at cold temperature. Clean +++, availability +, efficiency +++

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