anybody know the shelf life of white gas? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

does it need stabilizers fo term storage?thanks for the help

-- zoobie (zoobie@zoob.zab), April 30, 1999


Excellent question. One I have researched and will commence pontificating. White gas is AKA Coleman Fuel. Coleman Fuel is sealed for your protection and product freshness. Coleman did that kinowing users may use 1 gallon over two years. It was made for the recreational camper. Walmart sells their knockoff brand, and it is NOT sealed. I do not believe I need to worry about long term storage since '00 is only eight months away. I believe a product like Stabil would not function well in the coleman or other brand of cook stove. For what it is worth. Semper fidelis, Richard, USMC

-- Richard,USMC (Richard,, April 30, 1999.

thanks!so name brands can make a difference!!well that was a bit of useful info(the trolls don't bother me,today's polly is tomorrows customer!!)

-- zoobie (zoobie@zoob.zab), April 30, 1999.


Coleman doesn't make the fuel. If you look at the WalMart store brand and Coleman, side by side you will see that they are both made by the same company in the same city. I had run into a web site that had an article by someone who knew a lot about this fuel but I can't find it now. From what I remember it goes like this. The fuel is White Gas, which is a basic gasoline fuel without a lot of additives. It will store in the can for 2-5 years, depending on temperature (cooler is better) and if it has never been opened (longest storage). Do not put any stabilizers in it if you plan to use it for Coleman lamps or stoves. If you are storing it for a small engine, chain saw, etc, you can put some stabilizer in it. It will run small engines real well, according to the article, but I have never used it for that. The WalMart store brand sells for $1 or more off the Coleman price per gallon. Hope this helps.

-- Gordon (, April 30, 1999.

Kevin, HELP!! there is a thread that has the MSDS SHEET on coleman fuel. The info above is not accurate!! I can't find the thread!!!


-- chuck, a Night Driver (, April 30, 1999.

Coleman Fuel ... This white gas is great for long term - a cheaper alternative for 5 year storage is Amoco Silver with PRI-G added and at the end of 5 years add more PRI-G for a total of 10 years worth. Unless yor're paying California gas prices this is less than 1/2 the price of cheap house brand Coleman white gas. Y2K or not, a stash of this stuff (in steel 55 gal drums - burried to keep it cool) will be one of the best investments you can make.


-- Pet Roluium (, May 01, 1999.

Any 'gasoline' is a blend of many products. White gas/coleman fuel is largely naptha. Naptha is less likely than other products to degrade into the foul-smelling, engine/lamp-gumming sludge you may find in other stored products. I think the coleman fuel or its clones should last 5-10 years in an unopened can. Even open, the fuel should last many months.

This is from a good (but not remembered) source.

-- Uhm... (, May 01, 1999.

this forum rules;info and entertainment!

-- zoobie (zoobie@zoob.zab), May 01, 1999.

If I remember my refining experience, white gas aka naptha is free of additives and depending on the quality of the refining run the hydrocarbon molecules will be mostly saturated. No room for oxygen to oxidize, so reduced vulnerability to degradation. Store vessels full to exclude air, cool as possible, and seal best you can. I wouldn't bother with additives.

-- Will (, May 02, 1999.

Forgot the shelf life ooops. At least five years with temperatures under 60F. I would not be surprised with ten years for temperatures under 50F. Naptha is very stable.

-- Will (, May 02, 1999.

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