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BigLew

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There is this little mom and pop hardware store about 40 miles south of where I live. It has been there since the mid 1960's. It is a great little local store. In addition to standard hardware they also sell lots of cool stuff such as BBQ grills, Case knives, Cast iron cookware, camp chef propane stuff oil lamps and Dietz lanterns and accessories, kerosene heaters and wicks etc. Most importantly the have an old Coleman parts cabinet and lots of Coleman generators and stuff. The even sell denatured alcohol for $11.99 a gallon. So as you can probably can tell I frequent that store as often as possible. Friday I went there to get another 200 burner cap for a franken-lantern project that I'm working on.

Their Kerosene price is about 90¢ higher than where I normally buy it. The place I usually get it is far and ranch supply place and much closer to my home. Anyway I decided to go ahead and get 3 gallons of kero at that hardware store on Friday where I got the burner cap as long as I was there. At $5.75 a gallon.

It's more than a year since I got kero from them. When I got home I noticed the kerosene was yellow green in color. About the color of Mountain Dew soft drink (w/o carbonation). I went ahead and put a 1-1/2 gallons in a heater ant it is working fine do far. Do you think it will work ok in my kero lanterns; 237A, 639B, P'max 829, and a kerofied 242C? & Hopefully a soon to be assembled franken lantern. What about Dietz wickies.

What causes it to be yellow green! Is it just old? I put some kero clean in it after I saw it.

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That just ain't right. Maybe got some bio-diesel mixed in?
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Stale kerosene without a shadow of a doubt. Likely has water in it too, further causing staleness. (mind you, it can absorb it out of the air). Kerosene should be water clear or very very faint light straw color but generally water clear. Anything other means it has turned or been contaminated. It prolly doesn't smell good either. I would save it for starting fires with or cleaning parts with. IMHO Its an invitation to problems; rusting, fouling, etc.

It will burn as you have discovered but I bet it stinks, it will likely choke you out in any wick burner. A friend just bought a kero wickie heater that had nasty stale kero in it and lit it....my god that thing stunk.

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my thoughts exactly!  It's too far to bring it back, besides I  like the little store. But I may call them and tell them that their stock of last years kerosene is stale and not to sell anymore of it.

No it does not stink smells like regular clear 1-K, even while burning in the old 1983 Everglow P-E8 heater.  I'm tempted to try it lanterns anyway, but weary.


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Regular road diesel (un-dyed) has that same Mountain Dew color.  Could have some mixed in with the kero or delivered by mistake...?

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yes at first i thought it was diesel! but it doesnt smell like deisel but rather kero.  maybe your right, maybe its a mixture of diesel and kero.
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#1 heating fuel can be dyed Red,yellow or blue. It is to identify it as a tax free fuel,it's basically the same as K-1.Google it to learn more.
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I called the store, he said he just had a new tank put in and filled with fresh kerosene not to long ago. But he appreciated my call and would look into it.
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I agree that it could be mixed with a little diesel.   Is that little store in Lake Charles?   I think I've been in that store and it is a very cool place to browse around in. Very nice folks run it, they would not dupe you on purpose for sure.  Forget the name of the place, but remember how to get there.


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Trahan's Hardware, on Common Street in Lake Charles.   Now don't go buy up all the Coleman parts and lantern gens, It will ruin my honey hole and Ill have to buy more stuff from Mike at OCP.  Not that that that buying from OCP is bad, but buying local is always good, if it can be done.

Yes, good store, just got bad Kerosene.  But so far it works in the heater. 

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lake charles LA? I've been there then. I used to drive big rigs and found some crazy stuff down south, they never throw anything away down there.
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