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This is a discussion on colemen fuel within the SHTF/Survival&Disaster Preparedness forums, part of the Use and Training category; Is there a difference between coleman fuel and kerosene?Also what would the shelf life of coleman fuel be?...


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Old 05-11-2010, 03:31 PM   #1
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Is there a difference between coleman fuel and kerosene?Also what would the shelf life of coleman fuel be?
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I believe Coleman, or 'white gas' is very similar to unleaded fuel. Much lower flash-point than kerosene. You would need a little research to figure out if you can substitute unleaded for Coleman . . .

As far as shelf life for coleman fuel goes . . .

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I believe Coleman, or 'white gas' is very similar to unleaded fuel. Much lower flash-point than kerosene. You would need a little research to figure out if you can substitute unleaded for Coleman . . .

As far as shelf life for coleman fuel goes . . .

Cheers!

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You are correct. White gas IS very close to unleaded fuel. In fact several Coleman products run on either fuel.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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Coleman fuel (white gas) is similar to unleaded gasoline but much cleaner. If you take unleaded gas and filter it through several layers of coffee filters and then re-filter it a couple more times, it will be clean enough to use in anything that takes Coleman fuel.

Kerosene is a completely different type of fuel. It is oily and probably closer to diesel fuel. Anything oily is going to burn at a low temp. (yellow/orange). White gas on the other hand burns much hotter (blue/white) and is cleaner, producing less soot and gunk to clog the tiny orifices of stoves.

I don't know the shelf life of kerosene but I do know I have used Coleman fuel that was ancient and did not have any problems. Keep the tin can off the garage floor where it can condensate and it won't rust. My dad had a can rust on him once and he poured the fuel into a couple of one litter glass Coke bottles and screwed the caps on. They haven't made one litter glass bottles in at least 25 years, so this fuel has to be at least that old. It is still good.
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Coleman Liquid Fuel Updated
A container of Coleman® Liquid Fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for many years. Appliances used with older liquid fuel tend to be...
Date Updated: 04/24/2010

Guidlines for using unleaded gas instead of Coleman® Liquid FuelNew
Unleaded gas contains additives that are harmful to burning appliances. Coleman® Dual Fuel™ appliances and those marked with "Unleaded Fuel" have been designed to handle the additives in...

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