GJ_Coop wrote:tmac100 wrote:No mattter, there is lots of Shellite available in Australia. If I can buy it in Borroloola and Domadgee, I can buy it anywhere
Not quite true. Shellite has pretty much disappeared from many of the camping shops and other places you used to be able to buy it, at least in WA out of the big cities.
I've switched to unleaded petrol which is quite a bit smokier but otherwise is a much cheaper replacement for my Whisperlite international. At least you can get that anywhere.
Suggest you consider change.
"LOTS" of nasties in petrol and I've been told the aromatics are nastier than the lead that used to be used.
I cant remember all the fine details but I did a stint in a servo in Whangarei many moons ago where it was drummed into us (scuse pun)
not to sell it for use in camping stoves.
Supposedly the confusion arose by people reading the instructions for camping stoves saying gasoline or unleaded petrol which
apparently is white spirits in Europe and not the stuff you put in the car/motorbike/lawnmower.
This has come up for me a few times over the years and in discussions with other campers and many are surprised at the confusion.
As far as I'm concerned its been confirmed me me many times and that using petrol is a real potential health hazard.
So too is using aviation kerosene because of the additives.
I've been told this many times by different people as well as when I worked in the Drum recycling industry in NZ.
Aromatics are very dangerous to health.
Not telling you what to do but just trying to palatibly inform you of what I've been told by numerous sources (right or wrong).
I've been told enough for myself not to use it despite the ease of supply.
Great to know of WA's lack of Shellite though - thank you for that info.
It'll make a great impact on any future stove purchase as WA is where I will be relocating too.