The other day I bought a 5 litre can of Panel Wipe as I’m about to do some paintwork. I remembered seeing an article somewhere that people use it as a fuel in their Coleman (and other) petrol camping stoves because it is much cheaper than the Coleman brand fuel. Also used in Zippo type cigarette lighters as it is much cheaper than Ronson fuel. According to the label on the can the Panel Wipe is a Napthalene and Hexane mixture. This is what ‘Petroleum’ used to be in the veteran years, before all the ‘orrible toxic additives like Benzene and Tetraethylead, and in recent years Ethanol, were added to the brew.
I know that in some countries, with very strict emissions laws in the forests, loggers run their two-stroke chain saws on it, together with a biodegradeable oil, (Castor ?).
I’m thinking that Panel Wipe could be a perfect fuel for many veteran vehicles, and perhaps our Scotts…. No Ethanol damage, no Benzene, no toxic emissions. Worth trying as an experiment, as it won’t damage anything, and the only problem seems to be the legal issue of no excise duty having been paid when you buy it ! It can be bought for £10 to £12 for a five litre can at automotive paint suppliers or at autojumbles.
OK, so read the label on the can before buying. I’ve just read that Stanley steam car owners use it in their pilot (starting only) tanks as it burns very cleanly without sooting-up of the burners.