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I'd like to make some lantern fuel and also tiki torch fuel with citronella to keep mosquitos at bay.

How did the prepackaged stuff Coleman used to sell work? Not well I suppose. I think the sooty smoke in torches is the repellent.

Anyone have any suggestions on a citronella alternative? It's pricey online, $20 for 16oz.

IIRC tiki fluid is 99.9% mineral oil with .1% citronella oil. I imagine 1.25 oz oil/gallon of kero (torch) or crown (GPA) would more than suffice.
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Chucker
I decided to keep citronella oil/tiki torch oil or whatever, out of my CF lanterns.

We have had much success by burning straight tiki torch citronella oil in a couple old Rail Road lanterns. The "Adlake" designed ones.

 
 Image result for adlake lantern
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I'm pretty sure Tiki brand got away from using citronella oil altogether and just use lemongrass oil instead.  Notice the bottles now just state citronella scented.

>>How did the prepackaged stuff Coleman used to sell work? Not well I suppose. I think the sooty smoke in torches is the repellent.

The soot keeps people away.  A strong scent will keep mosquitoes away.  Supposedly, wiping yourself down with a scented dryer sheet is very effective at this.

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Chucker
Looks like Citronella and Cedar Oil at Walmart. Yes, I've seen the 'citronella scented' as well.

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Chucker wrote:
I decided to keep citronella oil/tiki torch oil or whatever, out of my CF lanterns.

We have had much success by burning straight tiki torch citronella oil in a couple old Rail Road lanterns. The "Adlake" designed ones.

 
 Image result for adlake lantern
photo courtesy of rubylane.com

This is what I did in the past when I was fishing in the Mississippi River.  It makes more sense than messing up a Coleman lantern.
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Cigar smoke...works great at fending off the mosquitos and the women...
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I burn it in my dietz Lanterns And works so far. My friend bout a cheap wick lantern from Walmart just to burn citronella in and he never complained. Said it works ok. I rather keep that stuff out of my Colemans.  
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JimL
Gand28 wrote:
Cigar smoke...works great at fending off the mosquitos and the women...


Quite true!  The problem is that once the cigar is finished, the mosquitos come back.

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Corning Clunker
I picked up some citronella essential oil at the local health store, a few drops in a font full of white gas does seem to help some.

I have also added some mint scented oil to one of the lamps I burn in the house, you can just get a slight whiff of it when burning.
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I'm not sure how well citronella works in GPA lanterns.  They burn much hotter than torches or wick lanterns and the combustion occurs in a closed chamber.  I don't know how much citronella smell is going to be left once the exhaust leaves the mantles.
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xvz12
I think I posted these in an earlier thread, but I use a couple of these filled with citronella to keep the 'skeeters away...seem to work OK.

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They're about half to maybe one third the size of the real road flares, but still hold a substantial amount of fuel, & will burn for hours.
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xvz12 wrote:
I think I posted these in an earlier thread, but I use a couple of these filled with citronella to keep the 'skeeters away...seem to work OK.

s-l500.jpg 

They're about half to maybe one third the size of the real road flares, but still hold a substantial amount of fuel, & will burn for hours.


Where are these sold? I bought a full size one years ago but haven't seen them for years. Yes they work great to keep skeeter away. I also have a fogger if they are really bad.
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JimL
>>Where are these sold?

Use the search engine of choice and search for kerosene road flare or smudge pot.  Although not technically a smudge pot, they are often known by that name.

I can't tell the size, but here's one for $10 with free shipping.  Also, the two images differ for the burner and snuffer cap. 
https://tinyurl.com/lsu2ydg


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xvz12
Good call, Jim!  This is where I got mine, they are like the one pictured in the ad.
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>>they are like the one pictured in the ad.

But but but, which one?  The ad shows two images with different burner and snuffer caps.  You mean the picture you posted?

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You can also find the old original's at antique stores. I think one of the largest manufacturers was Toledo Torch, which they a commonly called.
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What if I took a lantern with bigger jetting like kerosene or I’ve noticed one of my experiments a duel fuel and used citronella? What ratio is safer for the generator?
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JimL
Kerosene has more energy than Coleman fuel or gasoline, therefore has a smaller jet, not larger.  

I don't recall anyone brewing up their own citronella blend from scratch, but only adding the torch fuel.   Personally, if I were to try it, I would buy the actual citronella oil and try adding a few drops at a time.   If you use tiki torch fuel, I suggest you don't bother with the stuff sold as citronella oil that uses  lemongrass oil and contains no citronella oil.

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Farmer Brown
OK, thanks much.
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