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Old 06-08-2015, 01:03 PM
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I just received an older Coleman liquid lantern with the two mantles. It's hard to find Coleman lantern fuel. I was told that I could use white gasoline in replacement of that fuel. Does anyone know if the regular E-10 fuel at the gas stations will work in its place? Great lanterns for the evening sand-bar nights.It's just that when I hear gasoline I think of explosions not a slow burn in a lantern.
Any input will help. Thanks
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Originally Posted by snoopy View Post
I just received an older Coleman liquid lantern with the two mantles. It's hard to find Coleman lantern fuel. I was told that I could use white gasoline in replacement of that fuel. Does anyone know if the regular E-10 fuel at the gas stations will work in its place? Great lanterns for the evening sand-bar nights.It's just that when I hear gasoline I think of explosions not a slow burn in a lantern.
Any input will help. Thanks
I've been able to buy "Coleman fuel" at Academy Sports and Walmart in the camping section for about $7 / gallon.


do NOT use regular gas in it. Safety issue. Even the Coleman documentation says not to use car gas.
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Originally Posted by snoopy View Post
I just received an older Coleman liquid lantern with the two mantles. It's hard to find Coleman lantern fuel. I was told that I could use white gasoline in replacement of that fuel. Does anyone know if the regular E-10 fuel at the gas stations will work in its place? Great lanterns for the evening sand-bar nights.It's just that when I hear gasoline I think of explosions not a slow burn in a lantern.
Any input will help. Thanks

White gas is nothing more than unleaded gas with no additives. If I remember Amoco Ultimate was a good replacement, but I'm not sure if the BP version is the same. You can probably get away with REC 90.
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I've gotten where I don't use my Coleman lanterns much anymore either.

It's just so easy to turn on/off the Flourescent lanterns now days. They are also much quieter and don't get hot and aren't flammable if dropped. Also easier to turn on and off.

I've found for the money, these work great. You can buy at walmart for $10 bucks. 2 of them puts out about what 1 coleman does.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...-Blue/14550432

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they got it at Wally world and the camping section of K-mart. You can aslo burn citronella lamp oil in em. I would not use gas unless the lamp is colored silver(marked dual fuel).
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Still have 2 unopened gallon cans from 25 yrs ago. A Woolworths went out of business and were giving them away.
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WALMART
I always have a couple of gallons on hand, along with a gas lamp and stove...just for if SHTF.
Plus all the led shit.

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Originally Posted by Crysophylos View Post
White gas is nothing more than unleaded gas with no additives. If I remember Amoco Ultimate was a good replacement, but I'm not sure if the BP version is the same. You can probably get away with REC 90.
I thought white gas was naptha.

I have a Coleman lantern that uses propane, the fat cylinder. I don't know how long a cylinder will last but it is at least several hours at full output.
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Dont do reg gas. (unless it says dual fuel) Coleman fuel is available everywhere
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Originally Posted by mitchell master View Post
Still have 2 unopened gallon cans from 25 yrs ago. A Woolworths went out of business and were giving them away.
Woolworths.......lol... I've got an unopened gallon from Walmart from 6 years ago? What can we do with this stuff? How long does it last?
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Originally Posted by mikes210 View Post
I've gotten where I don't use my Coleman lanterns much anymore either.

It's just so easy to turn on/off the Flourescent lanterns now days. They are also much quieter and don't get hot and aren't flammable if dropped. Also easier to turn on and off.

I've found for the money, these work great. You can buy at walmart for $10 bucks. 2 of them puts out about what 1 coleman does.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...-Blue/14550432

Flourescents are good but LED is even better. Very low battery draw, lots of light, and no safety issues. Turn on...turn off...no muss, no fuss, no fuel to spill or catch on fire. You couldn't give me a Coleman lantern. I remember as a kid, my dad firing up the Coleman. Took forever to get it lit and putting out good light.
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Originally Posted by Two Flats For Sure View Post
Woolworths.......lol... I've got an unopened gallon from Walmart from 6 years ago? What can we do with this stuff? How long does it last?
I used my stove about 5-6 months ago and the open can from that store still works.
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Originally Posted by mikes210 View Post
I've gotten where I don't use my Coleman lanterns much anymore either.

It's just so easy to turn on/off the Flourescent lanterns now days. They are also much quieter and don't get hot and aren't flammable if dropped. Also easier to turn on and off.

I've found for the money, these work great. You can buy at walmart for $10 bucks. 2 of them puts out about what 1 coleman does.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trai...-Blue/14550432

Unfortunately that would be hard to get in the tank of his lantern.
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Naphtha, white gas and lantern fuel are all the same thing. Google is your friend. Do not use any grade of gasoline in your lantern.

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I always enjoy a jamblaya cooked on my little stove.......thing has to be 25+ years old
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"Naphtha, white gas and lantern fuel are all the same thing. Google is your friend. Do not use any grade of gasoline in your lantern."

This.....in spades. The original Coleman stoves and lanterns go back at least to my infancy. A requirement for a PhD in outdoorsmanship was the ability to light and maintain a Coleman stove and lantern. The original fuel was naptha (white gas) and the original stoves and lanterns DID NOT function on standard car gas....and EVERYONE KNEW IT.

Then, around the '70's Coleman began producing stoves and lanterns that were supposed to run on both. Actually they would only work on UNLEADED car gas...(besides naptha, as always).and that was hard to find at that time. Now there IS no such thing. Personally I never found they operated as consistently, if one might use that concept with a Coleman stove or lantern....(.yes....they were indestructible and always worked....but fussy as hell) on unleaded car gas so there has always been a demand for the original naptha (= Coleman fuel) for the originals AND the later "dual fuel" models.

In any case, you can't go wrong with naptha. Even if I knew I had a dual fuel unit, I would STILL use naptha. And, BTW, the fuel lasts forever, to my knowledge, in it's original can. I have used stuff 25 years old. Worked great.

And yes, modern technology has relegated those old units to the status of buggy whips and rowing....compared to the modern outboard. But for some of us, the sound of pumping up the fuel pressure and the initial wild starting flame until the generator gets heated up and one can "flip" the wire needle and watch it settle down into a beautiful blue flame takes us back to the very beginning of time.

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The old Red Skelton joke

Guy jumps out of a plane and his chute doesn't open. He is screwing with it when he sees a guy coming up. He hollars, "Do you know anything about parachutes"?
The guy says "No, do you know anything about Coleman stoves"?
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:20 PM
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So how long does the stuff last?
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If by "stuff" you mean the Coleman fuel (naptha=white gas), to my knowledge....forever. I have used it up to 25 years old and never missed a beat.

If you mean the stoves and lanterns...well....forever....if you replace simple parts as they wear outf or more likely get broken/dinged as one tended to use these things in a rather rough manner. I remember seeing a Nat Geo article about inuits hunting walrus in the "traditional manner" out of skin boats. There was a picture of one guy brewing coffee on the boat. the stove was a bashed up unrecognizeable thing that barely had a flat surface to sit on. it wasn't until you noticed a single patch of green that you realized it was a Coleman stove......doing what they do....which is, if you stroke them right, work under almost any conditions.. There is a mountain of old, second hand units people want to sell, don't want to screw with any more and individual parts are still available, They are, like the old, pre-digital/injected/electrical outboard motors, simple, basic, intuitive mechanical parts.
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Originally Posted by Two Flats For Sure View Post
So how long does the stuff last?
Coleman fuel is composed of saturated alkanes, C5-C9. Saturated alkanes have a long shelf life, because they are very slow to react with oxygen in air (unless ignited).

That's the chemists' way of saying "In a sealed metal can, Coleman fuel will outlive your great-grandchildren."

BTW, "naphtha" is an inexact term referring to a variety of flammable petroleum products. Coleman fuel can be considered a type of naphtha, but so can kerosene. The naphtha you might find in a metal can at a paint store is unlikely to be the same as Coleman fuel.
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