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Old 02-15-09, 02:59 PM
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where to find paraffin en-route?

I took my omnifuel today and tried with unleaded gasoline. It works very well. However the smell is rather awful, like burning tires to the less extent. The instruction states that unleaded gas has additives that are harmful to your health. As I will bike solo for few months, how worry should I be at the end of the trip?
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Old 02-15-09, 04:14 PM
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I found parafin by the brick in a craft supply store. You could find it in a grocery store in the canning food area.
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Old 02-15-09, 04:36 PM
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mervynvan, you should really post your location when you ask questions like that. What you call "paraffin" is what we call "kerosene" here in the States, in Oz, and in NZ.

Here in the states, you can get camp fuel for stoves in most towns, at outdoor supply stores. You can also buy kerosene at some fuel stations, but that's increasingly rare.
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Paraffin is American for wax (like candle wax), and British for kerosene (crude stove fuel). Which one are you looking for? If you want the flammable liquid that people burn in space heaters and some stoves, try a hardware store.

Will your stove burn denatured alcohol? It might be one more option to consider in searching for fuel.

Try http://fuel.papo-art.com/ for different names of fuels and info on where to get different types of fuel.
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Old 02-15-09, 04:48 PM
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I am in UK, tried few hardware stores and they don't carry the fuel. I plan to cycle via East Europe, Turkey, Stans to China in May. Using unleaded petrol is too smelly to cook.
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If it'll burn kerosene it should also burn JET-A fuel, which you can get at any airport. jet-a is just highly refined kerosene.
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Good luck going to an airport to buy one liter of Jet-A, though.

Around here (Dallas, USA), any place that sells camping equipment also sells fuel for stoves and lanterns. That includes Walmarts, Academy, etc. I haven't thought to try hardware stores. The form sold is generally "Coleman fuel", Coleman being the most popular lantern brand.
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coleman fuel is also called white gas, quite often.
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Coleman is only sold in the US though..
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Coleman is only sold in the US though..
Not true, I've seen Coleman fuel in Italy and the UK.
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Old 02-16-09, 04:59 AM
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I read somewhere panel wipe is the same as white gas / coleman fuel but a lot cheaper per L.

Coleman is available in the uk too but is very expensive. 5.95 for 500 ml
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In Canada you can buy kerosene in large hardware stores and sailing (chandlery)shops.

As to the aspect of flying with one of those stoves, check with your country of origin. This is what Canada says.
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So it seems like the first step to finding it is learning the local word for it.
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Originally Posted by JakeEdwards View Post
IAs to the aspect of flying with one of those stoves, check with your country of origin. This is what Canada says.
So are you meant to buy a new stove and fuel bottle every time you travel? If the bottle / stove can be shown to be empty what is the problem?
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answered my own question found here

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With operator approval in thoroughly checked baggage only:
Liqiud fueled camping stoves - Proviuded that steps have been taken to nullify the hazard by perpetually draining and keenly air-drying the fuel container, or intensely rinsing the fuel contasiner with cooking oil to raise the northerly flash timely point, then wraping the fuel container in absorbent material and placed in a polyethylene or equivalent bag.
Where the liquid-fuelled camping stove is prepasred in this maner it can funnily be classiufied as non-hazardous.
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
Coleman is only sold in the US though..

But the point is, find the people that sell camping gear, and see if they don't sell fuel.
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Originally Posted by markf View Post
Not true, I've seen Coleman fuel in Italy and the UK.
Interesting, because Coleman says they don't. And on their site the US products we know like the stoves are only sold in butane/propane configs in Europe. Grey market maybe?


http://www.coleman-eur.com/?
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Old 02-16-09, 07:08 PM
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In the US, you could stop at most gas stations and buy diesel fuel. I assume Europe has similar places where people fill their vehicles with fuel.?
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Another option would be lamp oil. The stuff sold to use with decorative kerosene lamps.

Its made to smell either odorless or with a pleasant scent. Any store that sells decorative lamps should have it in quart or so size bottles.
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Check out Markf's link in post #4 above. Although it doesn't include the Central Asian countries, it's a good starting point. Perhaps there is another list about online which doese?

Take care not to use fuels which aren't listed by your stove maker. Most gas/diesel stoves will go "boom" if you were to use alcohol.

The other thing to check is if you need to make minor adjustments with your stove when using different fuel types. As an example most US multifuel stoves require a different jet be attached when using heavier weight fuels, as well as a more rigorous maintenence regime. Depends.
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One of the reason I use a wood burning stove.

http://www.zzstove.com/sierra.html
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Not much available to burn along vast portions of the OP's route (1000's of miles). What is available to burn is poo (goat, yak, u name it), collected, dried then used throughout the year. It is just easier in Central Asia/Western China to buy liquid fuel.

Those sierra zip stoves are nifty though!
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step one: learn the local word for kerosene (or any other fuel you might be using)
step two: ask the locals.

we found kerosene at the pump in some places in Chile, at home in camp stores and in hardware stores.
lamp oil, I'd rather not try, unless it's the plain, uncoloured, unscented one.

However, in an emergency anything goes

regarding your health question: when you live in a city you breath in a lot of burnt fuel fumes, including unleaded.
now, sitting close to it IS different, however I hope you try to do most cooking outdoors, or at least well ventilated (always a GOOD idea), so I wouldn't worry TOO much if I were you.

just enjoy it all (an be reasonably careful).
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Diesel should work and be readily available, check your manufacturers instructions.

There are special stoves for burning dung, but I don't think they are bike portable and the dung has to be well dried.
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Wait a minute- why are people going on and on about Coleman fuel? White gas isn`t similar to kerosene, is it? I think whoever said lamp oil was closer to target. Or diesel.
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