Coleman Camp Fuel...

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  1. bikefreak47

    bikefreak47 Adventurer

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    Came across a gallon of Coleman Camp Fuel. Wondering if this stuff would be too toxic on me or on drivechains on my chain driven bikes. Would it possibly destroy O-rings or scar lungs when brushed on chains for cleaning?
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  2. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Is is fine to use as a solvent. It is basically Naptha, and is also known as "white gas".

    Think it as a slightly more volatile paint thinner.
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  3. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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    Used to use it all the time as a solvent/cleaner.
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  4. lnewqban

    lnewqban Ninjetter

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    It does not destroy O-rings.

    It may hurt naked hands in case of prolonged exposure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naphtha

    "Topical exposure to naphtha can cause a burning sensation on the skin within a period of minutes to an hour, followed by contact dermatitis—a rash—that can last for days to weeks."
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  5. Speedo66

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    The amazing thing about that stuff is it never seems to go bad. I'm still using Coleman fuel that's over 20 years old.

    Naphtha is also the stuff that used to be lighter fluid before butane lighters.

    It's also paint solvent.

    I'm sure it's good for your nervous system so you might want to use it outdoors only.
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  6. disston

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    Naphtha used to be mixed with road tar and the air was full of the smell when they paved roads. The tar set up as the Naphtha evaporated. You didn't walk or drive on a newly paved road in those days. The stuff would cling like tar. (oh, maybe that's where the name comes from)
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  7. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Don't tell my friends that old Coleman gas is still good.:evil Been trying to tell them to get rid of it and that I'd dispose of it for them.:wink:

    Darn....$20.00 a gallon up here. Mind you still cheaper that the Rusto product at $10.00 a quart. Yep got caught, only took one sniff to know that I paid too much for my "silicone & waxes" remover.:D

    Was easy to find under its real name before, or just maybe that my dad was a Texaco dealer but we sure used it in the Coleman stove and for many other jobs around the shop. And fill lighters also.:clap

    I think it is getting hard to find under its "real" name because....just Google Naphta and Cannabis together, you'll see.:eek1:lol3
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  8. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    Don't try to use it as fuel in your lawnmower. :lol3

    Never liked that mower anyway...
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  9. rick505

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    I ran some in my Royal Enfield until I could get to a station to fill up. Worked fine.....of course I think the bike has something like 6.5:1 compression ratio.
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  10. tvpierce

    tvpierce Been here awhile

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    BTW: Naphta and light oil are the main ingredients in Sea Foam fuel system cleaner.
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  11. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I mix coleman fuel and synthetic two stroke oil 50/50 to make my own "seafoam" The oil must be acceptable for pre mix and most importantly contain the TC-w3 additive package.
    http://www.nmma.org/certification/certification/oil/tc-w3.aspx
    Makes a noticeable difference in my small engines. YMMV.
    Coleman works good in the Zippo too. :lol3:rofl:lol3:freaky
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  12. showkey

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    Seafoam also contains IPA as a main ingredient aka alcohol thats the NOT good part
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  13. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I leave the alcohol out of my cocktail which is why the %'s are different. It works though. Try it for yourself. Lots written about it out there if you care to search it up.
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  14. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    I was moving once using a U-Haul truck. I ran out of gas about 3 miles from a town. I had a gallon of Coleman fuel in the back of the truck so I poured it in the tank. I made it to the gas station, but I've never heard an engine ping like that, before or since. :eek1

    Ron :D
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  15. Cal

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    When I used to winter camp with my 66 gmc truck and the temperatures went down to minus 35 or 40 the only way it would start in the morning is by pouring coleman fuel directly into the carb.:clap
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