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Camp Fuel

Holy hell!! I was running low on camp fuel and decided to replenish my stockpile this week and saw that both Coleman and Crown Camp Fuel has done through the roof in price. It's now averaging about $10 a gallon. Actually found that my nearest walmart had it for $9 a gallon and that was the cheapest price I found. When the hell did this big price increase happen? Last time I bought this stuff, it was about $3 to $4 a gallon. Since I tend to buy about 5 to 6 gallons of that stuff at a time I hadn't bought any in a few years. Ran low this last fall during hunting season and thought it was time to restock especially with camping season upon us. Gees!! Confused

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It has been along time since I bought any Colman fuel that I couldn't tell you how much I paid. I remember when you just went to the service station on the corner and bought a gallon of white gas. If I am truck camping anymore I have set up all my stoves to run off of propane witch is nice since I also have the propane lanterns. And for taking one into the tent I'll just use one of those disposal bottles of propane. It has been even 10+ years since I bought any of them also since I just turn the propane tank off and go into the tent and let the lantern burn for 5 minutes or so until it burns up the propane out of the lantern tower.

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white gas / unleaded gas same thing. Thats all Ive done is run down to the trusty gas station and fill the 20 year old Colman gas can and go camping.
The problem is now they are putting additives in so the lanterns dont burn as clean, stove dose great.

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Both my stove and lanters are dual fuel models, but I avoid using gasoline if I can help it. What's labled as "Camp Fuel" today is often called white-gas, but it's totally different from the older "white leaded gasoline", "drip-gas", or white-gas used as camp-fuel in the past. Today it's basically Naphtha is what it is, different from unleaded gasoline. I used 85 octane gasoline once in my stove about 15 years ago when you could still find pure gasoline without any ethanol in it. I didn't like using it much to cook with. It was like having my face against a tail exhaust pipe. Nothing worse than a mixed aroma of fresh cooking bacon and gasoline exhaust fumes, not real pleasant in the outdoors or anywhere for that matter.

Anyway I like using camp-fuel instead of propane because it lasts longer, and a 1 gallon can takes up the same space as two Coleman propane cylinders. I can also store more of it in less space than propane and have no empty bottles to have to get rid of once used up. For my needs, liquid camp fuel just makes more sense over propane. Not sure if the whole "dual fuel" thing is relevent anymore these days. I'm not convinced that using gasoline in them was ever cheaper in the long run anyway, as it decreases the life of the generators much faster. I definitley will not be using todays 10% ethanol gasoline in my stuff. In fact I heard that a rep at Coleman said that todays ethanol gasoline will damage or dissolve the pump cup and any seals. They also warn against using gasoline in Canada and I thought Canadian gasoline had less ethanol than ours currently does? Anyway I was just shocked at the steep price increase of the stuff.

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Re: Camp Fuel

Great timing on this Topic !!
just this past weekend I too the Family to the boy Scouts Fam-Camp and was in need of another lantern. I looked around and could not find any "old style" that used the liquid fuel. I already have a propane stove and so I went ahead and bought the propane model. One cylinder of propane lasted the 2 nights we were out there and still have a little bit left. I did see the fuel at K-mart for 7n dollars and some change per gallon so it ain't as bad as the 10 dollars you have to pay.
There is no more "wilderness" areas around here and I can usually drive right into the campsite or boat to it so I do carry the BBQ propane bottle and the Smoker burner to do the heavy cooking on.

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Thanks JTapia. I suspect that Walmart is likely the cheapest, but I'll give Kmart a try. I haven't bought any type of sporting goods stuff from Kmart since they caved in and stopped selling ammo due to pressure from the anti-gun crowd. So based on principal for a long time I was reluctant to give them my money for any other type of sporting goods equipment.

I also have a Coleman 2 burner propane stove and a propane perfect-flow lantern that I picked up for real cheap brand new a few years ago. I've used them a few times camping, and was impressed with their output, but I quickly found out that more heat in a stove isn't always better. Also wasn't happy with lugging around up to 4 propane cylinders per trip. The propane lantern tips over way too easy because it's too tall with a propane cylinder under it, but it is very bright, in fact a bit too bright. Never have had that stability problem with my Coleman liquid Dual Fuel lantern, it's much more stable on a flat surface. Plus I think the propane stove I have burnes way too hot and it's controls are way too sensitive. Trying to get the right medium to low setting takes forever tweeking it. Burned too many meals on that thing. I also don't like the way the propane cylinder hangs way out taking up more valuable space on a a table. All picky suff I'm sure, but then again a lot of folks don't like having to pour liquid fuel or hand pump pressure into a tank before lighting, but for me it's no problem. Since I don't use the propane stuff I had considered selling both the propane stove and lantern, but figured it's a good idea to hang onto them, just in case. You never know, one day the EPA and the enviro-whackos might ban the use of liquid camp fuel and devices in the wilderness. At any rate, my liquid fuel equipment is still my standard camping and hunting gear.

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Personally, I think propane's convenient, but you can't top off a partially depleted propane cylinder like you can a fuel tank. So after using both I'm still partial to Coleman fuel. Maybe I'm just OCD in this regard, but I don't like running out of fuel at inconvenient times.

As an Alaskan, one frustration I have is that commercial airlines won't let you transport either one. So it's always a pain in the butt flying commercial into some small town, and then having to scrounge for fuel (at a premium price) to carry on the air taxi into the bush.

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I use a propane light for light in camp or bring a small table lamp and a generator. For cooking I prefer an open fire. Gather a good supply of firewood and pile near the fire pit. Take some smaller twigs and break them into a small pile in the middle of the pit and between two logs. Over them place a bit larger twigs and then small branch;s on top of that. Next take a waterproff wooden match and hold it to the small twigs. This will get the fire started then you can pour on a gallon of gas and your set! Easy! Whistling

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I feel the same way each year I go and fill my 4 bottles of propane for the hunting season. My bbq is wired into natural gas so I don't follow the price of propane till I get the sticker shot each fall. At least the economy is doing better as they say

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