Does White Fuel have a shelf life? I have a 1/2 full can of Crown Camp Fuel from 2006. It has been stored indoors and the can is not rusty or anything. I use this fuel in my Peak 1 stove. Does this stuff have a shelf life? Will older fuel have less flamability or clog up the stove?
Well, I don't claim to be an authority, but here is my experience. I bought a stove and fuel over a decade ago, and used it once at that time. then I put both stove and fuel in storage and pretty much forgot about them for 10 years or so. The fuel has been in my basement since I bought my house in 2002. I am going to the bwca this summer so a month ago I figured I would try to fire up the stove. There was still gas in the tank of the stove, so I pumped up the tank, opened the valve and put a match to it. It proceeded to fire right up, and then both burners burned full blast for the next two hours till the tank ran dry. It's a coleman stove and coleman white gas. I would say you are good to go, but do a practice burn before heading out.
For what it's worth, from the FAQs on the Coleman website:
An un-opened container of Coleman® Fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for five to seven years. An opened container stored in the same area will remain viable for up to two years though will be at its best if used within a year.
Coleman® Propane Cylinders can be stored indefinitely in a dry area. The propane fuel inside the cylinder will not break down.
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It sounds like the fuel has been stored properly. Sometimes fuel leaves some sediments but this will probably be in the can, when you are carefully filling your stove. If you want to be sure, fill it over in a clean suitable container but use a filterfunnel or a funnel with a paper filter (ala coffee-maker).
Try to once before you leave home, but it should be as good as new.
I have never had problems myselves, but I have heard about them, especially gumming in the tank and tubes.
Once I got an old kerosene stove, and the tank was full of somthing between glue and grease. (It had been stored on the central heating unit for years)
I wouldent worry about the fuel, but i would have used my Coleman filter-funnel. And I would recommand to store the stove, empty, or upside down, then the residue wil be hanging in the top, not going with the fuel.