I jes snagged a used Coleman lantern. It's like new, dual mantles,
and with a doz unused mantles, so I went ahead and bought it for a
What I'd like to know, will unleaded gas work in this thing?
I grew up with Coleman stuff (lanterns, stoves, etc), so wonder if
these newer lanterns will work with unleaded gas. They usta work jes
fine with "white" gas, but Coleman decided to get into the fuel biz
and now Coleman insists that Coleman Fuel is the only fuel that will
work in them. Being such an old geezer, I'm skeptical.
That weird stuff called "white gas" usta be sold in most filling
stations. Then we got Amoco, which didn't even sell leaded gas. Not
a problem, as everyone sed "white gas" is merely unleaded gas. It's
all we used fer yrs.
What's the real deal? ;)
Good question, wish I had an answer, I have always used Coleman fuel in
both my Coleman Stove and lantern. That said a can of Coleman fuel is
not that expansive and I can easily get a week or more use out of it for
cooking and light when needed.
A can of Coleman fuel at most places is $14.00. Sometimes Walmart has camp fuel for a little over $7.00 dollars. I bought three cans of camp fuel the last time I was there. Walmart doesn't always have the camp fuel, so when a can of Colman fuel gets about half full, and I don't want to spend $14.00, I will fill the can the rest of the way with unleaded and it works great.
Unleaded gas alone is not recommended and the light isn't as good in a lantern. It has to many impurities. After going back to Coleman fuel, it takes a couple of weeks of running on the cleaner fuel to get it where it works as good as it should.
Thnx, CRNG. That's prolly all I'll use mine.
Turns out the "white gas" I remember is gasoline without any
additives. Hard to find, these days, yet Coleman Fuel is now an
outrageous $15 gal! Usta be less than $5 fer a gal can.
A local gas station, hereabouts, advertises non-ethynol gasoline. At
< $3 gal, I'll give it a shot. What am I gonna do? Mess up a $5
lantern I didn't need, anyway? ;)
Apparently, it's both.
The "Coleman fuel" link sez it has an octane rating of "50 to 55".
Most states set a min limit of 80 octane fer regular gas. Even
Walmart only sells the Coleman stuff fer $7.50/32ozs. And here I
thought kerosene had become obscenely expensive.
I don't think 25/30 more "octane" points is gonna make much difference
to a lantern. The Coleman Fuel wiki link warns against using CF in
cars, but does not really raise any flags on using gasoline fer
Coleman even offers a "duel fuel" (CF, gasoline) lantern for an
astonishing $90! Damned if it don't look exactly like my used Coleman
Well, mine's green, but otherwise. I think Coleman's lanterns will
work jes fine on gasoline, but lookit all the $$$$ they'll lose if you
do, so they charge up the ying-yang for their "duel fuel" version.
What? $14 gal? That's up there with bottled water.
Naptha. Remember Ronson lighter fluid? The juice ya' overfilled yer
Zippo with and it leaked and burned yer lag? That's one version of
naptha. It's about $16/gal in 8oz cans. ;)
What was called white gas about 50 years and sold by AMCO (think that is the
company) was a 'high test' gas. It was not red colored like the 'regular'
gas they also sold. Most other gas for cars was also red or orange colored.
Seems like gas for cars was called either regular, or high test which
sometimes was called something like ethol. Not sure of the exect spelling of
that. They had 2 pumps, one for each type.
That was back in the days when most stations sold either regular or high
test . I burnt a lot of the AMCO white gas in a 1968 dodge dart with the
hrgh performace 340 cu in engines in it. It was tuned up by some dodge
mechanics for me and it would only bury the white gas or the Sunco 360.
Everything would spark knock.
On 04/02/2016 06:43 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I was a bit skeptical about those two spinning wheels to indicate how
much more octane you were getting. I also wondered if the wheel would
turn backwards when they introduced 190.
I lived next door to a Sunoco station so I used a lot of Sunoco gas to
wash parts. It worked.
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