I found a quart can of Coleman fuel in my basement. It's been many
years since I used my old backbacking stove, so this stuff must have
been sitting on the shelf for a long time. The can is labeled "Peak 1
Model 8555-300 - Fuel for gasoline backpacking appliances." I can't
find any reference to this model number on the 'net. The can has no
indication of what the actual composition of the fuel is, whether it's
naptha, gasoline, "white gas", or whatever. The warnings on the back
of the can include, "Do not use this fuel as a fire starter, for
cleaning purposes, or in kerosene, alcohol, or lamp oil appliances" and
"Handle with the same care as gasoline." I don't know how I'd get rid
of this stuff if I wanted to - throwing it in the trash would not be
not a good idea and is probably illegal. So, I'm wondering what else I
can do with it.
Suggestions? Can this be substituted for regular gasoline? That is, can
I dump it into my lawn mower or car without ill effects?
Short answer, no
This came up in the 70s when gas was hard to come by and it was never
advised as something to do, I suppose if you used it a pint a tankful
you might away with it tho.
This is more like naphtha than gas.
W/ an engine that's never run leaded, probably ok, years ago in days
before unleaded neighbor borrowed my lawnmower and dumped a bunch of
Coleman fuel in it...it dissolved all the lead accumulated deposits and
completely coated the inner workings with the remnants--trashed the
Even w/ new I'd dilute it 10:1 or greater to get rid of it.
On a sort of related note, does anyone know what should be done with a few
tankfuls of fuel oil which have been mixed with 2-stroke oil?
(During the last few years before my Dad was 'put into' a home, he made a
few such mistakes.)
I used an Optimus camp stove for decades and I always ran it on
unleaded gas. I had to clean out the pinhole spout occasionally, but it
never failed me. I have a newer, lighter, more modern stove now, not
Coleman brand, I think. That must be what I bought the fuel for, though
I don't remember actually doing that.
My backpacking days are probably over, and if they're not I'll get some
fresh fuel at that time. This can's gotta go.
Why throw it in the trash. Give it to someone, sell it for 50 cents at a
rummage sale, or whatever. People still use it.
But yes, it's naptha, and naptha is a great octane booster. The old
racing cars in the 1950s thru 70s used it to boost power. I know this
for fact. In the late 70's I acquired about 5 gallons of it. My early
70's Chevy had a carburetor and I was told it was safe to use on that
engine. I added a half gallon of the naptha to 10 gallons of gas, and I
was impressed by the extra power I got. It also did a good job of
cleaning out the bore in my carb, and I suspect it cleaned the whole
engine and fuel system.
I am not sure what it would do to a modern fuel injected computerized
engine, so I would hesitate to try it, But if I had an old car with a
carb, I'd use it without worry.
You only have a quart, Add about 2 ounces to a gallon of gas for your
lawnmower and seee if the mower goes faster....
If i see a lawn mower flying across the horizon, with a tail of flame in
back, I'll know you added the whole quart and went airborne. :)
Naptha is also a good solvent for some oil based paints as well as a
paintbrush cleaner for them.
My town holds a few hazardous waste disposal day in October. If I
haven't disposed of it by then I'll take it there, along with some
other nasty stuff I have hanging around like old paint and obsolete
Why waste these things?
Naphtha can be added to any gasoline based product if diluted or used as
paint thinner or brush cleaner. I've even used it to make Ed's Red gun
I never heard of obsolete antifreeze. Even saved used could be used in
the winter to help prevent drain traps freezing.
I have friends that do it at their hunting camp and house went left for
a few months in the winter.
Dex Cool is mostly ethylene glycol with a few percent of another
additive. Could be safely washed down the drain.
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