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Old 08-13-2013, 02:07 AM   #1
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I can get a good deal on a large amount of sterno
Fuel. My question is should I stock up on it or not ? I can get 50 cans for 15-20 bucks. I have no idea about shelf life though . Will it last?!

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Old 08-13-2013, 02:11 AM   #2
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I can get a good deal on a large amount of sterno
Fuel. My question is should I stock up on it or not ? I can get 100 cans for 15-20 bucks. I have no idea about shelf life though . Will it last?!
IIRC, as long as the can stays sealed and unopened, it has a very long shelf life.
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The Sterno website says shelf life is one year.

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The cans often are not quite sealed so shelf life is shortened. You could likely seal them with varnish or shellac or wax but that seams like alot of work.

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$15 or $20 is not much money. But I would be looking at something else. If you are looking for an emergency cooking alternative, you might want to look at Coleman stoves. I have one that will burn either Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline. It costs about $100. I have had mine for close to 20 years. It still works like the day I bought it. And fuel is easy to come buy. I could use the gas can from the lawn mower if I needed to. I have had an old can of Coleman fuel that must be at least 10 years old. It still burns fine.

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If it started to evaporate, you could turn it into squeeze.

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$15 or $20 is not much money. But I would be looking at something else. If you are looking for an emergency cooking alternative, you might want to look at Coleman stoves. I have one that will burn either Coleman fuel or unleaded gasoline. It costs about $100. I have had mine for close to 20 years. It still works like the day I bought it. And fuel is easy to come buy. I could use the gas can from the lawn mower if I needed to. I have had an old can of Coleman fuel that must be at least 10 years old. It still burns fine.
I bought one last year, and took it camping this summer. I had lit it several times, but never cooked on it. It worked great other than the limited btu's, so I had to use no. 5 cast skillets.

Have you ever had to change the seals in it?
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A little goes a long way at least with me, I use it to start fires build a small pile of kindlin and put some on the end of stick light it and boom I usually get a fire going pretty quick.

But it's good for a few different things but really for that price do you ever see yourself using sturno that much or do you have a better plan?

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