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Is Coleman fuel White Gas?

That was a great in-depth answer to the question about the shelf life of Coleman fuel. However, I am confused about the term "white gas" and exactly what fuels are considered such. Since white gas stoves are common, at least in the U.S., and multi-fuel stoves more expensive, why do I only see Coleman fuel or generic "camp fuel" in stores that carry outdoor gear? The "camp fuel" that I mention is supposedly comparable with Coleman fuel.

Will Coleman fuel work in stoves that burn "white gas" (i.e. Whisperlite) or will it clog them, etc? This may seem like many questions, but I'm mainly just looking for an explanation of what fuel to burn in a white gas stove. If necessary, where would one get true white gas as I've only seen Coleman-type fuel in stores.

Thanks for the help,
-Robert Brookshire

Although Coleman fuel and other camp fuels are routinely called white gas, they are actually a naphtha. The two are very similar in characteristics. Naphtha is refined one more step and is therefore considered cleaner. It also has a slightly lower boiling point than unleaded gasoline, although it is in practicality undetectable. Coleman fuel has some additives to help prevent rusting of internal parts and facilitate long shelf life.

I feel confident in recommending it for other brands of stoves that burn "white gas," but it would be prudent to check with the stove manufacturer.

Jim Reid --- Coleman, Director of Public Relations

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