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Old 01-13-2017, 12:15 AM   #15
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Boy, this was my day for learning. Thanks for all the replys and information. Guess I'd better check with our WM and see if they carry Coleman fuel. With so many battery or propane products nowadays the Coleman fuel may be getting scarce.
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Old 01-13-2017, 04:50 AM   #16
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I used unleaded gasoline in our Coleman stove and lantern for years. When I finally switched to Coleman fuel (white gas), I was amazed at how much better it worked than unleaded gasoline. No more surging and sputtering, and it lasted longer.

Like several people have already stated, Coleman fuel costs more per gallon, but the cost for a season of camping only amounts to a few dollars. Go ahead and spend the money to use the proper fuel.
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Old 01-13-2017, 07:27 AM   #17
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My Father used Sunoco 260 gas in his Coleman stove and lanterns for years.

Back then it was the only lead free gas sold at stations.
I think that you mean Amoco gasoline, it was the only lead free available. Sunoco 260 had the most lead, therefore the highest octane rating. My Dad used the Amoco.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:06 AM   #18
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I would be more worried about the gasoline fumes. They say a cup of fumes is equal to a half stick of dynamite. Many older boats with updraft carbs burned down. Alcohol stoves also created many fires.
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:31 AM   #19
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I think that you mean Amoco gasoline, it was the only lead free available. Sunoco 260 had the most lead, therefore the highest octane rating. My Dad used the Amoco.
Yup, Amoco. Maybe it was American Gas then, it was a long time ago.
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When unleaded gas first came out, I burnt it in my Coleman lantern for a couple of years. It was not as bright as Coleman fuel, so I switched back. Nothing will happen, it won't blow up, it's not a bomb unless you drop it, then Coleman fuel is too.
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Old 01-13-2017, 06:04 PM   #21
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Since most gasoline now contains 10% ethanol, performance of camping gear might suffer. Today's unleaded is not the same as the Amoco gas from long ago.
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Old 01-14-2017, 11:06 AM   #22
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I will also support the additives issue. Modern gasoline contains many additives. Though they no longer add Lead (And one company which jumped on the lead free bandwagon years ago and promised "We will produce it" .. Never DID add lead to their product) There are many other additives which do not appear in Coleman Fuel, Some of these are damaging to the lantern, others to food cooked on the stove... Either way bad idea.
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:00 PM   #23
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I don't KNOW for sure, but to me that seems like an explosion/big fire just waiting to happen (think: molotov cocktail).
I would guess that coleman fluid is closer to kerosene than it is to gasoline.
The opposite it true!

Coleman white gas is very low flash point and will go boom faster than normal gas.

At issue is additives in auto gas for emissions and wear that may be issue.
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Back in the 70's way before unleaded gas, all we used in our coleman lanterns in the Army was regular gas, nothing else. Having had previous experience with coleman lanterns before going in the Army I could detect no difference between the ones on the civilian market and the ones we used in the Army.
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Old 01-16-2017, 12:47 PM   #25
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Appreciate all the great information. I had about 1/2 gal of Coleman fuel, which was last used back in the early 2000 during our last severe ice storm, so was just trying to be prepared in case the same shortage occurred during this forecasted ice storm. It still burned in the lateran but was concerned about how many years it would store, and how much to keep on hand.

Thankfully the 1/2"-1" of ice didn't mature in our area and no electrical outage occurred. We had kept our house furnace turned up to 78 for a couple of days to be prepared for no heat in the house, so thankfully we can now get back to our usual 70-72 degrees.
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The opposite it true!

Coleman white gas is very low flash point and will go boom faster than normal gas.

At issue is additives in auto gas for emissions and wear that may be issue.
bingo white gas get its name as pure super refined gasoline
no lead; no addtives ;low to no oil residue etc

pour white gas on a cement and regular gas and see how clean one burns verses the other
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Old 02-21-2017, 06:59 AM   #27
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Lots of good answers but being the Coleman "nut" that I am, I wanted to throw in a little more info. Just about every Coleman liquid fuel lantern or stove, except kerosene models, do well to stay on Coleman fuel. There are good substitute brands available that are fine, too. I've seen some recently around $8 per gallon when brand name Coleman was around $12 per gallon. There is a greenish dye added for ID but is otherwise free of additives.

There are Coleman's that are labeled "dual-fuel" that can use unleaded gasoline but the additives in these fuels cause premature failure of the "generator", which is the little component that turns liquid fuel to vapor just prior to burning.

One person here mentioned a military experience where he used regular leaded gasoline in a lantern and he is correct but there is a catch. Coleman made what they called a "Mil-spec" lantern that was designed to run on Coleman fuel as well as regular leaded gas. I have two of them and they have a generator made specifically for that purpose. Leaded gas in any Coleman not designed for it is a mistake, I believe.

The Coleman website says to never use any type of Canadian unleaded fuel in a device labeled "unleaded" or "dual-fuel" because of a specific additive that will harm the generator.

Bottom line is you can't go wrong with Coleman fuel.
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I took a different approach. After dealing with a Coleman stove for many years, I finally got tired of all the pumping I needed to do. Then there were the seals in the pump and the tank cover that needed to be replaced every few years, when they would start leaking.

I finally bought one of these (or something similar) https://www.amazon.com/Stansport-185...ane+conversion. Now I burn propane in the stove. Not only is it a lot more convenient, but the money I've saved on fuel, and by not buying seals and gaskets, has paid for the converter many times over.

For lighting, I bot an inexpensive LED lantern with rechargeable batteries. It too, is cheaper to operate, and I will never again have to deal with broken mantles at the most inopportune time.

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