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Wine Country Steve
I just unboxed a brand new Coleman 639C, labeled to run on kerosene only.

Question:  Can I also run this lantern on Coleman fuel (Naphtha)?

In Ron Brown's book: No. 6 "Kerosene Pressure Lanterns", on page 39, Ron states the the original model 639 with a separate pricker can burn almost anything, including kerosene and Coleman fuel.

Later on page 42, Ron cautions against using diesel fuel in a 639C which has the pricker integrated into the control knob, but was Ron unclear about using Coleman fuel (naptha)...at least to me.

I'm hoping the 639C is like it's older sibling the original 639,  in that it can burn either kerosene (with pre-heating of course) or Coleman fuel (naphtha), either right out of the box, or with minimal modification.

I actually prefer the lower cost and comparative safety of kerosene, but finding it on the road can sometimes be a problem during the summer when there's little demand for kerosene for space heaters,  but Coleman fuel is abundant...thus my wanting a lantern that can burn either. 

This is my second Coleman 639C.  I've been very happy with my first one.  While burning kerosene it lights quickly and easily (unlike my Petromax clone...aka "the chrome fireball"), it burns really bright, it doesn't smell, and it seems to be very frugal with the kerosene fuel.  

Can some of your more seasoned Coleman collectors help me with this?
Steve Randall
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It will run fine on camp fuel. You will still have to pre-heat generator.
Frank
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I’m pretty sure @Rustytank has more experience with these 639c’s and soon he will chime in. 


Welcome aboard!

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Rustytank
Hey Steve! Frank is correct. It will run fine on Coleman or Crown camp fuel but as it has a kerosene fuel pickup it will still have to be preheated with the Coleman type fuel too. 
I have done extensive testing with mine and have found it runs well on the following fuels and I will -separate them by fuel class.
Kerosene type fuels:
-Un-dyed kerosene from a pump
-Un-dyed canned kerosene like tractor supply sells
-Flame Glo charcoal lighter fluid
-Tiki brand torch oil with citronella.
-Low sulphur road diesel

Gasoline type fuels:
-Coleman fuel
-Crown fuel
-100% gasoline
-Ethanol blend gasoline
And mixes of all the above fuels with indiscriminate mixing.  I basically tried to find something that would choke it up or run poorly and none of those did. I also consulted with my Mennonite friends. The consensus among them was that fuels with dye in them like off-road diesel and dyed kerosene were bad to clog the generators and give poor results. We all opined that high sulpher diesel might also be bad because they remembered their community members trying diesel years before with poor results but didn't know if it was the sulphur or the dye giving problems. I can't test that because the only high sulpher diesel available to me has dye in it.

The 639c is in my opinion the best current production Coleman lantern. 
Also I run Light House 625 mantles on mine. They are a large Petromax type mantle and it will drive them just fine. The Peerless 24a is a good choice as well. 
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I too had read that the 639 would run just fine on CF, so my first fount fill on a new 639 was with CF and it ran just fine, if not the same as it does with kero.   If regular use, I'll run on kero and leave it in there.  If being stored or not used much, such as in the winter, I leave CF in it instead.   I don't like the looks or smell of old kero, so don't want to run it through the 639.   I have a lamp with a drinking problem (Rayo) that will use up old kero fast if need be.  🙂

-Jim

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@Pancholoco1911 how are you healing buddy? I hope everything is well with you!
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Rustytank wrote:
@Pancholoco1911 how are you healing buddy? I hope everything is well with you!
 I’m doing pretty well. Just came from Los Angeles today at my first after-op appointment an doctor told me everything was fine and doing pretty well so I’ll be here for many many years more collecting lanterns 😉 
Thanks for asking!

~Pancho~
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 I’m doing pretty well. Just came from Los Angeles today at my first after-op appointm👍👍👍ent an doctor told me everything was fine and doing pretty well so I’ll be here for many many years more collecting lanterns 😉 
Thanks for asking!

 


I'm glad to hear that!
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Wine Country Steve
Thanks for all the great information! 
As I write this, my new Coleman 639C is running in the backyard on Coleman fuel!
It did flare when I first lit it, but I think I gave too much generator pre-heat credit to burning in the new mantle.
I turned it back off and gave it about 20 seconds of generator pre-heat with a micro torch.  It lit right up and settled right down into an intense, non-surging burn.  
I only put about half a cup of fuel in to start, and I'm curious how long it will last.
Steve Randall
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JimL
 I’m doing pretty well. Just came from Los Angeles today at my first after-op appointment an doctor told me everything was fine and doing pretty well so I’ll be here for many many years more collecting lanterns 😉 
Thanks for asking!


Awesome news!

-Jim

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Rustytank
Thanks for all the great information! 
As I write this, my new Coleman 639C is running in the backyard on Coleman fuel!
It did flare when I first lit it, but I think I gave too much generator pre-heat credit to burning in the new mantle.
I turned it back off and gave it about 20 seconds of generator pre-heat with a micro torch.  It lit right up and settled right down into an intense, non-surging burn.  
I only put about half a cup of fuel in to start, and I'm curious how long it will last.

If you think of a fuel you'd like to try, I'll dump it in mine and give it a whirl. I think you're really going to like that one.
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Good choice. I keep a newer 639 in my Jeep 24/7. Burns whatever I feed it.  
Chuck
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