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We have a coleman lamp and in the course of our preps we came to the stage after food and water, so money was available for fuel for said lamp. However here in UK it is very expensive. Does anyone know of any alternative fuel which will work as well? Hope we don't need it, but afraid we might.

-- Liz Frost (, June 30, 1999


I believe that Coleman fuel is basically naptha. PLEASE do not take this as the "final word", but it may give you a starting point.

-- Jon Williamson (, June 30, 1999.

Dear Liz,

A reply from the UK.

Husband says that Coleman lamps can run on unleaded petrol but please do check this out with a Coleman lamp supplier before trying.You can get the ones that run on camping gas cylinders but don't know whether you can convert.

If you have any trouble verifying this info,please feel free to e- mail me as we have a very knowledgeable ironmonger who knows just about everything.They have been in business 150 years.

-- Chris (, June 30, 1999.

I would hold off on using petrol since it has alot of low flash point (highly explosive) components which I do not believe are present in Coleman fuel. Research the heck out of this before finding out 'it didn't work' and you have flash burns or worse, like a burnt out house.

-- .- (dit@dot.dash), June 30, 1999.

According to some experts, Coleman Fuel (white gas) is MORE volitile than unleaded gasoline. I read somewhere (and I will research this again) that Coleman fuel is very similar to gasoline without the lubricating and detergent additives included in modern motor fuel.


runnin' the fence,

The Dog

-- Dog (Desert, June 30, 1999.

I was wrong... Coleman fuel is less volitile than "petrol". Here is the link for everything you EVER wanted to know about fuels... good luck

waggin' my tail,

The Dog

-- Dog (Desert, June 30, 1999.

Thanks everyone for your help, this is a great place to come and feel as if someone else is doing something too. Will visit that site Dog, cheers.

-- Liz Frost (, June 30, 1999.

We have used unleaded gasoline in 3 different Coleman lantern, and 2 different Coleman stoves, and one Century (Primus) lantern for over 25 years now, zero problems. Zero. Believe Coleman fuel is highly refined gasoline, conveniently packaged. Other local folk, same results.

-- A. Hambley (, July 01, 1999.

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