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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Backpacking Tips: Storing White Gas


Author: Vaughan Weather Coleman Campfuel Date:...Image via Wikipedia
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Backpacking stoves come in a variety of makes and models. These different stoves burn different fuels including wood, propane, white gas and others. White gas is one of the most common fuels used in backpacking stoves. Here I will talk exclusively about storing white gas.

Storing White Gas for the Short Term

While backpacking, store your fuel in an approved fuel bottle. Make sure that it is made specifically for storing such fuels and for carrying in a backpack. These are often made of aluminum, and stove manufacturers commonly make fuel bottles for their own stoves. Your best bet is to buy one of these. Don’t ever carry white gas in a water bottle or other food container.

When you have finished cooking, empty the white gas from the stove back into the fuel bottle. This bottle is much more likely not to leak compared to the stove itself. Using a small funnel will help you make the transfer. Be sure to screw the fuel bottle cap on securely.

Storing White Gas for the Long Term

The main thing to remember for long-term storage is to pour the white gas back into its original container, usually a metal can. Don’t keep it in the fuel bottle. Leave the fuel bottle open for a while to dry out.
Store your white gas can in a dry and cool place away from any heat source, direct sunlight or electrical wires. Check the can periodically for signs of corrosion. Make sure the cap is tight.
by Richard Davidian, Ph.D.

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