White gas

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White gas is a common name for two flammable substances.

  1. In its most common modern usage, "white gas" is used as a generic name for camp stove and lantern fuel, usually naphtha.
  2. White gasoline, also called white gas, can also be a name for pure gasoline, without additives. This was commonly used when leaded gasoline was the norm, to prevent fouling in situations where the properties of the lead additive were not required.

"White" gas is colorless, as opposed to "regular" octane fuel, which has orange dye added for identification, or high-octane "ethyl", which has purple dye added.

White gas should not be confused with white spirit, which is more akin to kerosene.

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