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Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« on: July 16, 2009, 06:46:40 AM »
I put away a gallon of coleman fuel for my camp stove.  I have had this can for about a year and it has never been opened.  Should coleman fuel be treated with something like Sta-bil to make it keep longer?

I did use some coleman fuel once I got from my grandpa.  I am guessing it hasnt been used for at least 20 or 30 years.  It burned in my stove fine except it burned very dirty.  This is why I ask if coleman fuel should be treated for long term storage.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 12:32:10 PM »
The Coleman answer is 5 to 7 years if unopened.  If opened, 2 years.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 12:40:31 PM »
As long as we're on the subject:

How about those little propane canisters.
1.  how long do they burn
2.  how long are they good for.

Anyone know, thanks


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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 12:53:50 PM »
As long as we're on the subject:

How about those little propane canisters.
1.  how long do they burn
2.  how long are they good for.

Anyone know, thanks



I wonder the same thing. I can say I have like 6 that are about 10 years old, and I've been using one on my little BBQ this summer, so far it's worked.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2009, 12:59:12 PM »
As long as we're on the subject:

How about those little propane canisters.
1.  how long do they burn
2.  how long are they good for.

Anyone know, thanks

Answer to #2 is on Coleman's website linked previously:

"Coleman® Propane Cylinders can be stored indefinitely in a dry area. The propane fuel inside the cylinder will not break down. "

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2009, 01:04:02 PM »
Thanks

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2009, 01:51:30 PM »
Good to know. I wonder if one has been used slightly if it is still usable idefinitely. I am guessing so. Probably because of the pressure valve.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2009, 04:58:27 PM »
Yep, still an unlimited life.  I've used a cylinder that was over 10 years old.  The problem I had was after using it it wouldn't seal again.  The internal went bad. 

The unlimited life of propane is the reason I'm exploring my options for long term use.  Just looking for a good propane generator of the proper size.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 10:40:36 PM »
Just as an odd question. Can you send the spent canisters back or do you throw them away?

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 10:50:31 PM »
I picked up a Coleman stove recently from my parents that hadn't been used in 15+ years. The fuel in it started right up...it may have seemed like it burned a little "dirty" (uneven), but it still worked fine.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2009, 12:19:33 AM »
I put away a gallon of coleman fuel for my camp stove.  I have had this can for about a year and it has never been opened.  Should coleman fuel be treated with something like Sta-bil to make it keep longer?

I did use some coleman fuel once I got from my grandpa.  I am guessing it hasnt been used for at least 20 or 30 years.  It burned in my stove fine except it burned very dirty.  This is why I ask if coleman fuel should be treated for long term storage.

Only a gallon, you have some catching up to do...lol

Ive seen cans 30 yrs old that burn fine.


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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2009, 11:01:46 AM »

Now Bailey, loose shotgun shells next to your coleman fuel??? Are all hammers locked up?


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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2009, 11:31:19 AM »
Just as an odd question. Can you send the spent canisters back or do you throw them away?

They are disposable.  I know that people refill them from bulk tanks.  There are kits available that make this easier.  However, I've had more than 1 seal on the small canisters fail.  They are not made to refill.  It also seems unsafe to me.  It's easier to just get a hose that allows you to connect a 20# tank to the lantern or stove.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2009, 10:07:54 AM »
Thanks for the info!  As for catching up...yeah I need to.  I just dont have the space to store it all safely.  I should stock up as walmart in my area is still selling it for 8.49 a gallon.  Everyone else has been selling for $10-$15 a gallon!!

As for connecting a propane stove to a 20lb tank...does anyone know how to do that?  What parts do I need and such?  I have access to a propane coleman stove and have always wondered how to do it.  Those 1lb tanks get wasteful and expensive after awhile.  Thanks!
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2009, 11:05:33 AM »
Thanks for the info!  As for catching up...yeah I need to.  I just dont have the space to store it all safely.  I should stock up as walmart in my area is still selling it for 8.49 a gallon.  Everyone else has been selling for $10-$15 a gallon!!

As for connecting a propane stove to a 20lb tank...does anyone know how to do that?  What parts do I need and such?  I have access to a propane coleman stove and have always wondered how to do it.  Those 1lb tanks get wasteful and expensive after awhile.  Thanks!
It should be a standard hose/regulator/adapter combo fitting at your local hardware store.  I do all my canning on a small propane stove because I have an evil flat top range that the wife wanted.  I'm guessing I paid less than $10.00 about 10 years ago.  I just brought the stove into the store to keep from having to make 17 trips.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2009, 11:38:08 AM »
As for connecting a propane stove to a 20lb tank...does anyone know how to do that?  What parts do I need and such?  I have access to a propane coleman stove and have always wondered how to do it.  Those 1lb tanks get wasteful and expensive after awhile.  Thanks!
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2009, 10:07:45 AM »
Propane cylinders Should not be stored indoors. I know many people do but if one should leak in a small area it could be a disaster. Propane is heavyer than air and will pool in low spots. One small cylinder has enough propane to blow up a small garage. So please use due caution.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2009, 11:40:12 AM »
Good safety tip robert. One thing I do in my storage space for this is open the door occasionally and sniff. Coleman makes their fuel with a smell of rotten cabbage on purpose. It is to be able to tell that it is leaking. Also, I would recommend taking some old clothing or such and jamming it under the door. Oh, and never light a match around your storage area.

I would only think they would leak if they were stored where the temp changes quite a bit - like outside.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2009, 04:35:17 PM »
Does Coleman still sell their fuel in metal cans?  I was in Walmart yesterday and noticed that they only had plastic bottles of it.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2009, 06:03:43 PM »
Does Coleman still sell their fuel in metal cans?  I was in Walmart yesterday and noticed that they only had plastic bottles of it.

In my walmart and most others I have been to...yes but only in gallon form.  Now, they do sell "premium" coleman fuel in quart plastic bottles.  Perhaps this is what you saw?  It usually sells for $5-$6 a quart for premium or at mine for 8.49 a gallon.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2009, 09:06:35 AM »
Last month, I bought some coleman fuel at walmart in fort worth for about 6.50 per gallon.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2009, 09:45:41 AM »
$6.50???  WOW thats amazing!  I found an "off brand" of coleman fuel at my local hardware store.  $7.99 a gallon.  Might pick some up.
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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2009, 11:00:11 AM »
I have never paid a dime for coleman fuel. See if your community has a recycle/ re-use center first. I even get ammo free from them.

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Re: Long Term storage of Coleman Fuel
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2009, 01:35:44 PM »
Recycle center is a great idea!  Never thought about that before.