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Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
International fuel names list on 02/14/2012 07:48:57 MST Print View

I thought it would be useful to have a table of the most common fuel names for different stoves by country.
The four fuel types are: Butane/propane gas for a canister stove, ethanol for an alcohol stove, naphtha for a "white gas" stove and kerosene for a multifuel stove.
I didn't see the need to include gasoline - you just go to a gas station for that!
For each fuel type, the most common name for that fuel is given, plus at most one alternative.
"Names" in quotes indicate a shortened name, if commonly used.
(Brackets) are used if the fuel is NOT commonly available at campsites and small towns in popular hiking areas.

It's a short table at present - please post the names used in your country (or corrections) and I will update the table.
Why the big white space?

CountryButane GasEthanolNaphthaKerosene
U.S.A.Gas canisterDenatured AlcoholWhite GasKerosene
AustraliaGas canisterMethylated Spirit
CanadaGas canisterDenatured AlcoholWhite GasKerosene
FranceCartouche de gasAlcool denature
Alcool a bruler
Essence C?
U.K.Gas canisterMethylated Spirit
(Coleman Fuel)
(Lighter Fluid)

Edited by Scunnered on 02/14/2012 07:50:32 MST.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
But in low-brow stores. . . on 02/14/2012 09:20:33 MST Print View

I agree with "white gas" in USA at a backpacking shop or at a trailhead and I prefer it. But I get further with "Coleman Fuel" at Walmart, a grocery store, or in a camping/hunting store.

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: International fuel names list on 02/14/2012 09:26:33 MST Print View

What about this link International Fuel Names

ed hyatt
(edhyatt) - MLife

Locale: The North
fuel names on 02/14/2012 09:27:49 MST Print View

There are already quite a few of these around..

I like this meths specific one as it mentions taste :-)

Stuart R
(Scunnered) - F

Locale: Scotland
Re: Re: International fuel names list on 02/14/2012 10:05:10 MST Print View

I didn't know that the list at was still maintained, I only had a very old copy as a text file from the 90's. Shame it still doesn't include canister gas tho'.