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Field Fix: Clear Your Stove's Fuel Jets

Got a clogged stove? Try this cleaning method before eating that camping meal cold.

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Got a clogged fuel jet on your white-gas stove? Forgot or broke your cleaning wire? There’s still hope for hot meals ahead. Try these improvised jet cleaners:

  • Toothbrush bristle (this works best)
  • Twist tie with the paper peeled off
  • Remove the jet and soak it in white gas; you may still need to poke through it with something. (Do this as routine maintenance when the stove starts sputtering.)

Fresh, clean fuel is much less likely to cause the sooty buildup that clogs jets. Some people also swear by blowing out the stove and letting a little white gas flow through the jet to clean it after every use.