International fuel names list
Feb 14, 2012 at 6:48 am #1285655Stuart RBPL Member
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?
Country Butane Gas Ethanol Naphtha Kerosene U.S.A. Gas canister Denatured Alcohol White Gas Kerosene Australia Gas canister Methylated Spirit
Canada Gas canister Denatured Alcohol White Gas Kerosene France Cartouche de gas Alcool denature
Alcool a bruler
Essence C ? U.K. Gas canister Methylated Spirit
(Paraffin)Feb 14, 2012 at 8:20 am #1839295David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
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.Feb 14, 2012 at 8:26 am #1839300Feb 14, 2012 at 8:27 am #1839302ed hyattBPL Member
@edhyattLocale: The North, ScotlandFeb 14, 2012 at 9:05 am #1839321Stuart RBPL Member
I didn't know that the list at fuel.papo-art.com 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'.Sep 12, 2021 at 3:03 pm #3727236Ross MellowsBPL Member
@spiritburnerLocale: N.E. England (UK)
Nearly 10 years later this resource is still going & has just been moved to a new domain at https://www.internationalfuelnames.org
The code has been updated & it is now fully responsive across all devices.Dec 2, 2021 at 9:07 am #3733653Alexander LBPL Member
Agree. In Canada everyone knows white gas as Coleman Camp Fuel. At specialty outfitters it’s also called by the brand name ‘MSR’ gas.
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