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What fuel to use for a Primus stove when cycling through Europe

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What fuel to use for a Primus stove when cycling through Europe

I'm planning on cycling through Europe for a year and considering whether to bring a Primus stove powered by gas, gasoline or diesel. Does anyone have any experiences from what is best? I would prefer to have gas as fuel but does anyone know about the possibilities of buying gas bottles for a primus kitchen around Europe?

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Where are you starting your tour? Primus Power Fuel (a version of white gas/Coleman fuel) is readily available from serious outdoors shops in Western Europe. This is my preferred fuel: it burns extremely clean and one 1L bottle is generally enough for 7-10 days of cooking.

I have only used liquid fuel, so I don’t know what the upsides and downsides of gas canisters are, but you can also find them in any serious outdoors shops, as well as in the widespread Decathlon chain of sports stores.

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It depends. If you are coming to europe by flight, than you can expect some trouble even with the empty fuel container at the airport. You can get gas cylinders in every outdoorstore (but there are only some in the bigger citys) or in hardware stores which are selling barbecue grills. The easyest thing is to use unleaded gasoline. Mostly you can get ist for free if you ask someone for 0,5 liter at the filling station who is just filling his car. There is a minimum of one ore two liters at the filling stations (in western europe). Have fun!

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" If you are coming to europe

" If you are coming to europe by flight, than you can expect some trouble even with the empty fuel container at the airport"

That is not true at all. Airlines almost always transport your liquid fuel bottles as long as they are washed to the point that there is no more smell, and they are packed in your checked luggage with the cap off.

I also wouldn't recommend using unleaded petrol in Europe. It burns very dirty and leaves your pots covered in soot, and the smell gets into one's clothes. In the Third World cyclists regularly use unleaded petrol because white gas/Coleman fuel is hard to find, but in Europe you can always get that clean-burning fuel if you just look around.

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Problems at the airport with empty fuel container?
As C.C. says: clean it out, keep it open and be sure there is no gas smell. Never problems during flights.

Easy to get and very cheap is "wasbenzine" (Dutch) , = "white gas" (English). Available in hardware stores, druggist, some foodmarkets, outdoorshops, depending of the country/continent you are. Note: drugstores sell it too, but for idiot prices!

Unleaded petrol.We use it in our MSR-dragonfly for a lot of years. Indeed, it has additives.
The trick to prevent soot: use the minimum of gas to start the stove and keep the starting process very short! Yellow fllames always produce soot with any fuel. Cook with a hot, blue, transparant flame. To simmer we use the haybox principle.
Our opinion: it's more the way you use the fuel than the kind of fuel.

Smell: Whatever the fuel we use, we always carry the fuel bottle + stove outside our bags and attached to a bike frame.