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Old 09-11-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Kerosene 1-K and Coleman Lantern

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Can Kerosene 1-k be used in a Coleman lantern that normally uses the white gas type of fuel, I don't think so but the guy at Gander Mountain said it could (they were out of coleman fuel thanks to hurricane Ike). Just want someone to tell me what I think I already know.
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Old 09-11-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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Coleman lantern fuel is a special blend that most closely resembles white gas, not #1 fuel oil (kerosene).
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nope, not unless it is a multi fuel device in which case I am unsure
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James,
DO NOT use any kind of kerosene in a Coleman lantern that usually uses naphtha (white gas)!!!!! That is unles you want to ruin a perfectly good Coleman lantern.

I think you can run unleaded gas in a Coleman lantern if it is set up for it. See the following link on the Coleman site...

Coleman® FAQ - Can I use unleaded gasoline when Coleman® Fuel is recommended?
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James ,you might want to look into these lanterns. I've had several for years and as far as I know they are the only multi-fuel lanterns. Really high quality. Petromax Lanterns- Britelyt Lanterns- Britelyt Multifuel Products
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nope, not unless it is a multi fuel device in which case I am unsure
AFAIK there are five types of liquid fuel lanterns; LP, Kerosene, White Gas (Coleman fuel), Dual Fuel (white gas and leaded gas) and multi fuel. I don't believe Coleman makes any multi fuel lanterns. The last one I had was a Petromax and they ain't cheap!

And in answer to the OP's question. Most Coleman lanterns don't burn Kerosene. They do make a kerosene mantle lantern but you would know if you had one.

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no kero in a coleman unless you have one of the wwII models that were designed to burn kero or leaded gas.

there are true kero models that were sold mostly in canada in the 50's, they are easy to spot as they have oversized generator tubes and are red in color.

(i have one amongst the 20 or so lanterns in my collection)

i would suggest unleaded gasoline as a replacement for the naptha. IF it is one of the dual fuel models sold lately, they are easy to spot as they are silver.

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the third photo in this thread is the true dual fuel model.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...rns-17333.html

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Years ago I stored kero in an old coleman can and forgot about it. I filled a lantern and a stove with it. I had a hard time trying to light the lantern and when it did a pyro show insued. Not to be detoured I burned match after match then the the large flame and the smell of the hair that burned off my arms.

Yes it can be done but unless it it designed for it, don't !
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Thanks

Thanks guys, I knew that guy did not know what he was selling, or maybe he did cause I have a jug. I should have got the hint when it was all that was left on the shelf . Thank goodness for a decent movie collection because there is nothing but panic the public non-stop Ike coverage on local tv, its amazing.
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Read the owners manuel. My stove is a 3 fuel stove and I think my lantern is also. I am going to check in the A.M Both coleman
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I have a Coleman lantern purchased in the late '60s which burns ONLY kerosene. It uses a different mantle (larger than a gas mantle) and has a built in fuel pre-heater to turn the kero into a gaseous state that will burn. The light output is much more than a gas lantern and the heat output is about that of a kerosene stove. It feels good on a cool day! Just some semi-useless info -----
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no kero in a coleman unless you have one of the wwII models that were designed to burn kero or leaded gas.

there are true kero models that were sold mostly in canada in the 50's, they are easy to spot as they have oversized generator tubes and are red in color.

(i have one amongst the 20 or so lanterns in my collection)

i would suggest unleaded gasoline as a replacement for the naptha. IF it is one of the dual fuel models sold lately, they are easy to spot as they are silver.

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Hey john,
Coleman still sells the Kerosene lanterns, but now they are green I bought one a while back when my local Coleman Outlet store was going out of business. One can never have too many lanterns

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Thanks guys, I knew that guy did not know what he was selling, or maybe he did cause I have a jug. I should have got the hint when it was all that was left on the shelf . Thank goodness for a decent movie collection because there is nothing but panic the public non-stop Ike coverage on local tv, its amazing.
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If your tow vehicle is a diesel, you can put the jug in the tank and burn it with no problem. #1 (kerosene) fuel oil is light diesel fuel, and while I'm not sure about modern times, up until a couple of years ago the cold weather formula of #2 diesel fuel (the stuff you normally put in the tank) contained an amount of #1, it contains more aromatics, and ignites a little faster. It is also useful as a solvent, or degreaser. Don't try to light a campfire with it...
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