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I do a lot of camping for recreation and I've accumulated a lot of gear as what works for car camping doesn't do well when back packing. What works when packing in on mules may not perform well in a Super Cub or on a canoe trip or gunkholeing. Motorcycle and bike trips are yet another kettle.

All of this gear can be an asset when contemplating weathering a natural disaster, of course, but two items that strike me as extraordinarily useful are the 40's 50's & 60's car camper's favorites, the Coleman white gas two burner stove and lantern---you can include the more modern Coleman multifuel models of course, but for the money used Coleman white gas fired gear is an amazing deal. Here's a lantern that can really light up the night and a two or three burner stove that can do anything your kitchen range can do. Generators and pumps are easily repaired if need be (and likely never will) and lantern mantles, if you treat them according to Coleman's directions (fire, then let cool before lighting the lantern for the first time,) can last seasons barring any jars.
Back in the day, Coleman marketed them as Camping Pals so wherever you find one, you'll likely find the other at swap meets, Craig's, yard sales and junk shops. For $20-30 you can have a standby light and stove if you don't already have them in your garage. Crown White Gas at Walmart is half the price of Coleman's.
 

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John Joseph, you must be my age. When I say "white gas", most people say "What's that?". I remember when you used to be able to buy it at a service station.
 

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John Joseph, you must be my age. When I say "white gas", most people say "What's that?". I remember when you used to be able to buy it at a service station.
....from a pump just like gasoline. This was when diesel was found at truck stops only and gasoline was regular or ethel. The term unleaded had not been invented. Guns were seldom abused and murders were electructed or gasses swiftly.
 

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John Joseph, you must be my age. When I say "white gas", most people say "What's that?". I remember when you used to be able to buy it at a service station.
It was "white gas". I picked up two lanterns and a stove for five bucks each not too long ago.
 

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I have two, one from the 60's and another from the 80's. The lanterns provide a massive amount of light to a very low adjustable warm glow.
The stoves have controllable heat and go and go. Heavy, but dependable.
I use the compact single burner white gas (kerosene) backpacking stove if going light. Both work great and always work! Old tech is sometimes still the best tech.

Keep a couple of mantle sets and matches in the bottom of the lantern case and you are golden.
 

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Dad (81) had/has one of those old green Coleman stoves. Said he thought the fuel was too expensive so started running it on gasoline. That's all I've ever seen it run on, thing never failed to fire up even after sitting for years sometimes.

He also had a '68 Dodge D100 Camper Special with a slide-in he bought as a set. That thing survived everything except a head-on collision when I was a kid. Used to spend every fall cutting and splitting firewood, then loading that long ass bed up to the top of the cab....me complaining about my back hurting and dad telling me I wasn't old enough to have a back yet.
 

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I still use one. I love fish but my wife does not and gags at the smell of it. I just go out on the back porch with the Coleman stove and cook all the fish I can eat (which is substantial). I love my Coleman two burner.
 

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I remember buying white gas from a pump at out "Flying A" gas station. Leaded gas would foul the generator in the Coleman stove and produce lead fumes to breathe. Modern unleaded gas does not seem to foul the generator of my stove.
 

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There apparently is a great deal of confusion over what Coleman Fuel is, and its simply Naptha, or 'lighter fluid', probably highly filtered. Many years ago Amoco stations sold a premium unleaded gasoline commonly called 'white gas' because it was clear. I guess they still do, come to think about it. Anyway, you don't want to mix those two fuels up and use the wrong thing. Since this is a gun forum, lighter fluid is one of the better 'dry-cleaning' solvents you can use to clean a gun and prepare it for lubrication. You have to be careful with it but it's a little safer than gasoline for cleaning purposes.
 

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A squirt bottle full of Naptha is a VERY useful thing to have on your bench. Melts most sticker glues fast and easy.
 

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I have 3 stoves I picked up at garage sales for 5$ each. Cleaned up , flushed the fuel tanks, oiled the plunger and they work great.
 

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Coleman Fuel is, and its simply Naptha, or 'lighter fluid', ... Many years ago Amoco stations sold a premium unleaded gasoline commonly called 'white gas'
To further the confusion, Coleman once sold gasoline stoves. I'm not sure what the difference was.

Modern gasoline doesn't keep well and is stinky when it burns. Off-brand lantern fuel costs very little more, and you don't have to wonder about strange carcenogenic additives in the fuel.
 

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I remember buying white gas from a pump at out "Flying A" gas station. Leaded gas would foul the generator in the Coleman stove and produce lead fumes to breathe. Modern unleaded gas does not seem to foul the generator of my stove.
It seems to work OK, but the white gasoline is pure
Gasoline with no additives at all. No ethanol, ect.
 

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The old Coleman lanterns that burn white gas have a lot of nostalgia for me. Where I grew up we had a homestead 60 miles from town. No electricity out there. During hunting season we spent many hours in the cabin with the light from a couple green hissing lanterns. Good memories and I inherited one of the lanterns. Still have it.
 

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I have a Coleman white gas lantern that I bought around 2000. Probably haven't used it in fifteen years. I probably should fire it up just to see if it works.
 
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