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    Jarrett Lambright


    Locale: Western PA

    I got 3 unopened containers of snow peak fuel for my stove, havent gotten around to using them for a few years. Does this go bad if unused?

    Travis Leanna
    BPL Member


    Locale: Wisconsin

    I doubt it. I'm sure Snow Peak could tell you for sure. Or Roger Caffin.

    Edward Alt


    if it's white gas, I'd say yes. Just like unleaded will gum up your lawnmower's carburetor after a while. Otherwise, I'm not sure.

    Michael Martin
    BPL Member


    Locale: North Idaho

    The fuel in a butane/propane canister won't go bad. But the canister itself can start to rust eventually, and the valve seal can deteriorate.

    I write the weight of the canisters on the bottom with a sharpie and update it after every use so I can tell if the canister is leaking.

    EDIT: I've used canisters up to 8 years old without any problems. YMMV.

    Roger Caffin
    BPL Member


    Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe

    Oh, I'm sure it will all go bad. You should send it all (and the stoves) to us … :-)

    More seriously, canister FUEL cannot go off. The plated finish on the canister thread can get rusty, but you can check that yourself. If too rusty the seal against the O-ring might be dodgy due to the rust.

    The valve seal inside the connection could, in theory, get too old, but not within the next 10 – 20 years I would think. And if it did you would be able to smell it immediately.


    Nick Gatel
    BPL Member


    Locale: Southern California


    So these cartridges are okay? They are 25 years old. I think I have the last 6 GAZ GT106 cartridges left in North America. Cartridges weight 5.7 oz and contain 3 1/8 oz of fuel.

    Gaz Cartridges

    I also have a couple of these Gaz Globe Trotter stoves. Weigh around 8 oz.


    The stoves nest inside the cookset (2 cups, strap and pot holder) for a total weight of 6.2 oz.

    Stove Combo

    And for those long winter nights, I used to use this. Weight 13.3 oz.


    Not bad for 1985!! I have always tried to go light.

    At one time I had several cases of cartridges, and this is all I have left. Several years ago I trid to buy more, and none could be found. I even tried overseas sources and eBay. Too bad, it really is a neat little stove.

    So do I still need to send the stoves and fuel to you? :)

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