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Old 02-13-2014, 12:30 PM
moonshine44 moonshine44 is offline
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Coleman fuel storage question

On the topic of stoves, I have three full-sized Coleman camp stoves, one dual fuel model that burns either Coleman fuel or unleaded gas, and two older ones that will only burn Coleman fuel. In addition, I have a Coleman Peak 1 backpacking stove that I bought back when I was in college, many moons ago. So here's my question: if I add StaBil to Coleman fuel, how long can I store it and expect it to stay useable?

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Old 02-13-2014, 12:41 PM
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It's shouldn't need any stabilizer. It will keep five to six years if you just buy new and keep it closed. Rumor has it that it will actually still burn for two or three decades!
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:23 PM
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Thanks! Your reply prompted me to ask Coleman (Duh!) so to speak. Here's what they had on their website:

"How long can I store Coleman® Liquid Fuel?

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 less easy to light quickly because the more flammable components are more volatile and tend to evaporate more quickly. If you have trouble lighting a liquid-fueled appliance with older liquid fuel, try using new Coleman® Liquid Fuel."
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:13 AM
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I opened a 22 year old can of Coleman fuel this past fall on a bear hunting trip. Both stoves and 2 Coleman lanterns ran just fine on said fuel.
Hope this helps you.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:54 AM
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Yep. Thanks!
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:20 PM
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I've used a can that was around 10yrs old with no problems.
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Old 03-26-2014, 03:39 PM
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Last fall, I inventoried my emergency supplies and checked on stove/lantern fuel as well as lamp oil for the wicked lamps.

The "Partial" can of Coleman lantern/stove fuel is dated 1990. I rotate the stock and this is the oldest can I have. I filled the lantern with fuel, pumped it up and lit it. It burned for a couple of hours while I did some work in the shed and back yard and it never even sputtered.

The newer cans are all still factory sealed.

I figure they'll be fine.


The fuel still burns and this still works. The pic is one like I have.

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Old 03-26-2014, 06:39 PM
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I don't use it anymore but I have a can with about half a gallon in it. I now use it as a dry-cleaning solvent for gun cleaning. Outdoors, of course.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:41 PM
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Off hand I would have to say.

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I don't use it anymore but I have a can with about half a gallon in it. I now use it as a dry-cleaning solvent for gun cleaning. Outdoors, of course.
That the "outdoors" qualifier is poignant.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:02 PM
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See, I always smoke a cigar while cleaning guns, and I really don't want to blow up the house.
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