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Subject Topic: Aspen 4 fuel for Coleman stoves Post Reply Post New Topic
29/1/2018 at 1:48pm
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I've had a couple of Coleman Sportster II 533 dual fuel stoves for several years now.
The dual fuels are supposed to be the Coleman fuel or petroleum.
Like the solidified naptha fuels (hexamine) the Coleman liquid naptha produces soot which eventually coats the pots and, more importantly for me, the fumes taint the food. I'm long past the stage of cooking in a trench, ready to eat the arse out of a constipated rhino, so the actual taste of my camp food now matters to me.
By chance, I came across some reviews of Aspen 4 and thought I'd give it a whirl.
Aspen is a company founded to produce low fume fuels for use in chainsaws, originally. Aspen 4 is the 4-stroke fuel and Aspen 2 is the 2-stroke pre-mix. I bought 5 litres of Aspen 4 from Ernest Doe & sons at Ulting in Essex. 18:99. This makes it about 1/2 the price of Coleman fuel. Upon lighting the stove, I noticed immediately that there was very little yellow in the initial flame and no smoke or smell. The converter came on stream almost immediately and the flame burned with a very clear blue colour, no guttering, no yellow at all, no smoke, almost no smell and could be controlled to a very low setting without changing colour.So far, compared to Coleman fuel on cost, quality and ease of use I reckon it's win win win. I shall be trying the Aspen 2 in a model plane soon too. Road fuel IS cheaper, but because of the soot and smell I reckon it's for emergency use only. Butane would have to be about 18p a cartridge to compete on cost with Aspen 4.


29/1/2018 at 3:04pm
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I use Aspen 4T in my petrol stoves. I get the gallon Jugs from a farm supplier. Coleman fuel in ROI is 11 euro a litre. I get Aspen for half that.

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30/1/2018 at 12:29pm
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I use Aspen 4T, I get it for about 18 for 5 Litres from a Loacl Chainsaw / LawnMower Centre. I have not noticed any smell, and performs better than unleaded.

I have always been to Tight to pay for Coleman Fuel.

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