[Cdt-l] gas stoves/fuel Re: Cdt-l Digest, Vol 13, Issue 5

Tom McGinnis sloetoe at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 19 13:17:49 CDT 2008

FWIW, you can really improve the performance of your gas stove by using the lowest octane rating available -- 87, 86, or 85, 82 if you can swing it. "High-test" is specifically formulated to burn slower/cooler than low-test, and although your car might really like it, your stove really hates it. In my ol' Svea 123R and Optimus 8R, the only thing they ever saw was unleaded from the pump. (Actually, they saw their share of leaded back on the AT, but......)  

FWIW II, I pretty much go with alcohol now, actually get food faster than with the gas stove in cold-ish weather (single digit stuff). Cozy[s] rule.

--- On Sun, 10/19/08, cdt-l-request at backcountry.net <cdt-l-request at backcountry.net> wrote:

> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2008 10:58:48 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Eric Whte <ericshawwhite at yahoo.com>
> I may be a little out of touch with the current trends, but
> my MSR Whisterlite International is great. I can actually
> cook what I eat and not just soften my Lipton's or Ramen
> a little bit. While Coleman fuel (white gas) is getting more
> and more difficult to find in small re-supply towns along
> the PCT and CDT, I can go to the gas pump for a 45 cent
> refill. Car gas is a bit sooty compared to refined white
> gas, but the advantage to having a real warm & tasty
> meal at any altitude and being able to boil water is well
> worth the extra weight in my opinion. Mini Mart

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