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Are white-gas stoves allowed?

coleman-200x148Q. Dear Gear Guy, I recently inherited a Coleman white-gas stove from my father; he has been using it since he was a Cub Scout with my grandfather in the 1960s. I would love to bring this to camp, but I’ve heard a lot of talk that white gas isn’t permitted in Scouts anymore. Is this true?
— Ryan Wondering, Fairborn, Ohio

A. White gas is permitted on Scout outings. This from the Guide to Safe Scouting: “Recommended chemical fuels — white gas (Coleman fuel); kerosene; liquefied petroleum gas fuels, including propane, butane and isobutane; vegetable oil fuels; biodiesel fuel; and commercially prepared gelled-alcohol fuel in original containers.”

As for bringing your stove to camp, that depends on which camp you’re going to and whether it has any specific rules about white-gas (or other) stoves. Check with your Scoutmaster.

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3 Comments on Are white-gas stoves allowed?

  1. It’s legal in the Great book of NO—but in the North east–many public camp grounds have outlawed it because people were refilling at camp and getting it into the water ways..

  2. Yes!

  3. Yup.

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