Coleman Fuel Storage & Use

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss Outdoor Tips

An un-opened container of Coleman Fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for five to seven years.  An opened container stored in the same area will remain viable for up to two years  though will be at its best if used within a year.

Do not attempt to use Coleman Fuel in an internal combustion engine.  Coleman Fuel is very low octane with none of the additives needed for engine use.  It burns very hot and will burn the valves out of an engine.

Cans should be dated upon purchase and older stock is used first.  Your stoves lanterns etc that burn the fuel should be used on a regular basis. This will insure that the equipment is in good working order and that the fuel is used and rotated.

Have a plan to make breakfast one Saturday a month on your Coleman stove and use your lanterns instead of a flashlight. When I was a kid we would use the Coleman lanterns for evening chores, they were brighter and more useful then a flash light. Use them on your deck in the evening to when you are setting out having coffee to allwo them to runn for an hour or so.



One Comment on "Coleman Fuel Storage & Use"

  1. Ed Harris on Fri, 30th Oct 2009 7:57 AM 

    I have Coleman stoves dating from the WWII period which work as well as newer ones. When rebuilding older stoves found at flea markets, one finds all manner of contaminates inside the fuel tank. Stale, gummy, orange remnants of ancient fuel will cause sputtering, low light/heat output, if not outright failure…

    Additives in unleaded gasoline may allow corrosion, rust and particulate residues to clog the generator. Detail-disassembly and cleaning usually fixes things. Repair parts are usually still available for old models, even after many years. Failure to test and maintain necessitates eventual condemnation of the unit because of rust and corrosion…..

    Fuel storage in opened, original steel containers is subject to cycling of humidity and internal container pressure as a function of weather. If not well sealed this causes (daily) inhalation and exhalation cycles of the containers, introducing moisture inducing rust, vapor problems in closed spaces, and moisture contamination of the fuel.

    Container condensation in vented outside sheds subjects unsealed containers to rust and corrosion. Inspect fuel cans around their screw-on cap, if previously opened also the seal inside the cap, and the seams all around the can, for rust. External particulates must be prevented from contaminating the fuel during inspection of degrading containers. Small orifices in the jets and generator ass’y of lamps and stoves will clog immediately.

    The moral – Filter all previously opened stored fuels~!

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