Dual fuel stove & Multi fuel stoves (AKA Gasoline stove)

Running on white gas, unleaded gasoline and any other gasoline-like fuel


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msr-multi-fuel-stove
Coleman 442 MSR whisperlite international Svea 123

My recommendations at the bootom of the page...



The most fun part about gasoline stove is that no matter where you are, you can just fill it with whatever your car uses …


On the other hand, multi / dual fuel stoves can be rather messy with odor that might stick for hours. Another disadvantage is the maintenance. These stoves won't go without taking care of it from time to time. Using white gas should minimize those treatments …

The good news is that you can find fuel for your stove on almost every spot on the globe.

Most gasoline stoves support different fuel types. It can be white gas (AKA coleman fuel or Shellite if you are in Australia), unleaded fuel, jet fuel or even kerosene. See below for the differences between the different fuels. For this reason, these stoves are referred to as multi fuel stoves.

How does it work?

In a nutshell:

1) A manual pump builds pressure within the fuel bottle.

2) The priming phase heats the fuel pipe that runs through the flame.

3) After a short preheat, the fuel in the pipe starts vaporizing.

4) Then, the vaporized fuel runs through the stove's jet and ignited.


Pros

  • Works in any weather
  • Fuel can be found anywhere on the planet
  • High heat
  • Comparatively inexpensive fuel

Cons

  • Messy
  • Smelly
  • Need maintenance
  • Requires a preheat phase

Important note regarding the pros and cons:
Since most multi / dual fuel stove support it, stick to white gas if you can:
1) It’s much cleaner.
2)The odds of a jam are much lower in comparing to unleaded and kerosene.

Finding white gas shouldn’t be an issue in North America.



The different fuel types (best to worst):


NAPHTHA/White gas

Usually refers to all “clean” gasoline with minimum smell and almost no residue when using it. Supported in all multi / dual fuel stoves. AKA:
  • Coleman fuel
  • White gas
  • Shellite (only if you are an Aussie…)


Unleaded

That’s the very same fuel you use for your car.
Much smellier the NAPHTHA, and will make everything it touches smelly too…

On the other hand, it is very easy to find.

Jet fuel

I really don’t see a good reason to use it.

Kerosene

Don’t use it if you don’t have to, it's messy, terrible smell and the one that will jam your stove the fastest.
BUT – you can count on finding it on the most remote parts on earth.


Different stoves on the market (by brand)...


M S R


Dragonfly-msr-stoveDragonfly™

  • A best seller.
  • Probably the best flame control of all liquid fuel stoves.
  • Runs on white gas, kerosene, jet fuel and unleaded gasoline.
  • Empty weight: 14Oz




XGK-EX-msr-stoveXGK-EX™

  • MSR state of the art. A heavy duty stove that cost accordingly…
  • Runs practically on every liquid fuel
  • Empty weight: 13.2Oz




WhisperLite™ Internationale

  • WhisperLite-Internationale-msr-stoveMulti fuel version of the famous MSR WhisperLite.
  • Runs on white gas, kerosene, and unleaded.
  • It's been out there for 20 years, gathering more and more fans.
  • The  basic WhisperLite™ runs on white gas only
  • Empty weight: 11.5Oz


More on one of my favorite multi fuel stoves...




SimmerLite-msr-stoveSimmerLite™

  • As lightweight and compact as a liquid fuel stove can get.
  • Runs on white gas only.
  • Empty weight: 8.5Oz





   

C o l e m a n


Coleman-Feather-442-Dual-Fuel-StoveFeather™ 442 Dual Fuel™ Stove

  • Weight is 24 oz.
  • Uses both white gas and unleaded fuel.
  • Built in one piece. No assembly needed.
  • I got one for ages now.     

More on other Coleman dual fuel stoves...





Coleman-Denali-StoveDenali™ Stove    

  • Stove weight 11.5 oz
  • Multi fuel (including Butane)
  • Not a cheap option (~200$)




O p t i m u s

optimus-nova-stoveNova

  • Weight: 15.34OZ (435gr)
  • Can run on Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel

More on Optimus Nova...




optimus-nova-plusNova+

  • Weight: 15OZ (425gr)
  • Can run on Optimus Arctic Fuel, white gas, kerosene, diesel and jet fuel
  • An improved control valve that uses the fuel hose on the connection to the bottle.

More on Optimus Nova plus...





P r i m u s


primus-EtaPower-mf-StovePrimus EtaPower MF Stove System

  • Weight: 2 lbs. 0.8 oz.
  • 2.1 liter pot.
  • Can use isobutane canisters, white gas, automobile fuel, kerosene and even diesel fuel.





primus-omnifuel-stovePrimus OmniFuel Backpacking Stove

  • Weight: 15.6 ounces.
  • Uses isobutane canisters, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and jet fuel.
  • I got to use this one. It's a really cool stove that easily switches from one fuel to another.




Conclusion

If you plan on traveling worldwide – go for a stove that can run on gasoline too.
Run away from it if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, or if you lack elementary technical skills… Price may range from around 70$ for the simplest dual fuel option to 200$ for a stove that will practically run on everything…


I recommend...

There are really many great stoves out there...
If you want something straight and simple, go for the Coleman 442 dual fuel stove. It's simple and reliable.

If you are looking to go for the next step, I'd recommend one of the two: Primus omnifuel or MSR Dragonfly. the omnifuel is a bit more versatile while the Dragonfly got a perfect flame control and weighs a bit lower.