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 Shelf Life of Coleman Fuel
EdB  [Member]
4/26/2007 10:29:27 PM
Hello Gents (and if applicable):


Quick question - I've been stocking up (up to 8 gals so far) on the gallon cans of coleman fuel.
As most of you know that coleman is phasing out the cans in lieu of the plastic quarts. How long
can I store it? Should I leave it in its original can or transfer it to 5 gal gas containers? If so, does
it need an additive to keep it from breaking down (stabil??) Thanks for your replies. Ed
xlsport  [Member]
4/26/2007 10:59:02 PM
I've begun using a product called Kleen Heat in lieu of K1 kerosene in my Dietz lanterns and it works great. While it claims to be odor free, it does have some scent, but much less than K1, and I am going to be getting a Butterfly stove one of these days and see how it works in that. In the mean time I'll need to give it a shot in my MSR XGK stove. The MSR stove is loud like a small jet when it's fired up and I really don't need to always boil a quart of water in only a minute or two, and the flame can be hard to regulate. I'll need to switch out the nozzle on the MSR stove before trying the Kleen Heat out though, as I've got the one for unleaded gas in there right now.
Here's a good info link about various fuels

By the way, the Kleen heat fuel was designed to be used in those construction site Kero heaters. It can be had at most big box home improvement stores, and since the heater season was over I got mine at a closeout price of $4 per gallon.

ETA: Oops, I misspelled it, it's Klean Heat, from the Klean Strip company. I also didn't really answer your question, but I assume that modern plastics would probably keep the fuel preserved better than the old metal ones. I also don't really know if you need to have Coleman gas because of Coleman stoves or lanterns, but I am trying to stick to the kero powered stuff because of the availability here in NC. They have kerosene pumps at the local gas stations. Never saw that in CA... Kerosene has a much longer shelf life than gasoline.
warlord  [Team Member]
4/26/2007 11:20:58 PM
Extremely long. I have Coleman fuel that is 15 years old, burns no problem so far. If you are going to stock up camping fuel, I suggest you buy the good stuff. I had some cheapie, off-brand fuel that went bad, smelled like paint varnish.
Lonewolf63026  [Member]
4/27/2007 2:07:16 AM
I agree, I have had Coleman Fuel for 15+ years and it worked just fine this past weekend. I store it in the garage and it is exposed to the cold winter temps and the hot summer temps in the Mid-west.
EdB  [Member]
4/27/2007 6:35:02 AM

Originally Posted By warlord:
Extremely long. I have Coleman fuel that is 15 years old, burns no problem so far. If you are going to stock up camping fuel, I suggest you buy the good stuff. I had some cheapie, off-brand fuel that went bad, smelled like paint varnish.


That's good news...when you say buy the good stuff, I take it that Coleman IS the good stuff??
ARDog  [Team Member]
4/27/2007 6:38:41 AM
Coleman is the good stuff. It's gotten a few out of the wilderness in a gas tank.

Cleanest most refined K type fuel out there.
ktrout01  [Team Member]
4/27/2007 9:49:16 AM
I'm not sure that Coleman Fuel has a shelf life per se. Stories of 15+ years are common. I'm burning up some of the fuel that my dad had stored when we would do the family camping thing.
warlord  [Team Member]
4/27/2007 4:32:58 PM

Originally Posted By EdB:

Originally Posted By warlord:
Extremely long. I have Coleman fuel that is 15 years old, burns no problem so far. If you are going to stock up camping fuel, I suggest you buy the good stuff. I had some cheapie, off-brand fuel that went bad, smelled like paint varnish.


That's good news...when you say buy the good stuff, I take it that Coleman IS the good stuff??

Yep, that is the good stuff. There has been price increases on Coleman fuel, but bite the bullet and get it. Available at Wall-mart.

Also Chevron Blazo is good when you can find it.
Fox  [Team Member]
4/27/2007 5:15:22 PM

Originally Posted By warlord:
. . .snip. . .Also Chevron Blazo is good when you can find it.


Agreed. This used to be one of my mainstays because it was cheaper than Coleman, at least here. The large, private Chevron station that use to sell it closed up a few years ago and I have not seen it since.
moproclean  [Member]
4/27/2007 5:29:50 PM
My grandfather died in 84. Stopped camping in 81-82. I found a coleman stove of his after my grandmother passed and didn't actually start it up until a trip we took in 2005. Started up first try.
Frostbite  [Team Member]
4/27/2007 10:22:17 PM
I just finished using a can that my grandfather had. He died in 1971. It is possible it didn't burn as efficiently as a new can, but it worked just fine.