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yobo
does anyone know if I can use unleaded gas in an old style 1960's Coleman catalytic heater or will it clog the wick?
if so how long does it take to clog and is there a substitute material I could use in its place? like cotton rope, etc
 
I cant afford to run Coleman fuel in it
 
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JimL
I wouldn't be very concerned about the wick, but rather the catalytic burner itself. If you have a Walmart local to you, they also sell Crown camp fuel, which is a few bucks cheaper per gallon.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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Phredd
Agree with Jim. AND I would not use RUG in a heater unless you are using it in a location with a LOT of airflow.

Phredd
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Majicwrench
There was a member a couple years ago who ran one all winter long on RUG with no ill effects. He kept pretty good records about it and you might be able to find it with a (lengthy) search.
So yes, you can run unleaded gas in your heater.
Keith
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arizonacamper
What about E85 fuel would that work
Shawn 
Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!
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Looking for any lanterns or stoves dated 5/63 or 1/72
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yobo
so am I 2 assume the burner will clog as well
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Chucker
Only two things to clog really, the wick and the burner head (the white looking dome). 
Chuck
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yobo
thanks. ok how do I keep clear while using gasoline
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Chucker
Not real sure frankly. If it were a lantern or stove I'd say Den. Alcohol or acetone but since it uses so much oxygen and exhausts quite a bit - not really sure what to tell you. 

I stick to CF when running mine. 
Chuck
"Stop being angry, and forget about getting back at people; do not worry -- it only causes harm." Ps. 37:8
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"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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mikew
Here's what the label says on a 1966.  Remember at that time, regular leaded fuel was available at the pump.  The locals referred to unleaded fuel as "white gas".  My dad always used American (now AMOCO) Super Premium unleaded fuel in his lanterns and called it white gas.  Of course the unleaded fuel back then probably didn't have as much additives as now.   I only use camp fuel in mine, but rarely run them.
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Mike
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JimL
>>thanks. ok how do I keep clear while using gasoline

Use someone else's heater?  🙂   Actually, catalytic heaters are not in high demand.   You may want to keep an eye out for another $5 to $10 one and experiment with it if you care about yours. 

Just don't use one in an enclosed area without decent ventilation.  I had an incident with a propane one years ago.  If the one pound bottle hadn't run out, I wouldn't be here.  As it was, I couldn't get up in the morning because my head pounded so bad.  I finally was able to get out of bed around 5:00 PM.   If you do a net search on catalytic heaters, you just might get some pop up ads from personal injury attorneys on these things.  Yes, even after all these years.  Some may tell you that there's no open flame, which there isn't,  and that they don't produce carbon monoxide, ignoring the fact that they will use up oxygen.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
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Chucker
^^^ what Jim said. 
Chuck
"Stop being angry, and forget about getting back at people; do not worry -- it only causes harm." Ps. 37:8
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"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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Majicwrench
The burner won't clog. Run unleaded fuel if you want.
Keith
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yobo
ok. thanks
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yobo
thanks
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yobo
thanks
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sourgasjohn
I've traded or sold off all of those that I had. The two happiest days in a "mushroom" heaters life are the day he buys one and the day he throws it in the trash...just kidding...well, not really
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dbhost
I was planning on testing the concept out using one of my 5K BTU heaters this winter, but it's been a pretty warm winter here this year, so no need for the heater, yet... 

What I have seen, and it maybe completely wrong, is that folks are using a cap full of fuel system / carburettor cleaner in a gallon of ethanol free RUG. They report no ill effects after a year or so of use. 

My last 2 Coleman heaters, a 513B, and a 518B were obtained at next to nothing cost. The 513B was bought at Habitat for Humanity restore for $10.00 and tested. It worked perfectly. The 518B was gifted by a fellow member here, and it too works perfectly. Since the 513B is redundant, I have another 5K BTU, and a 5K - 8K BTU coleman heater, I may sacrifice it to a test, but the weather hasn't been cooperating..

Do NOT use E85, that stuff is 85% ethanol and will burn off super hot and super fast possibly damaging your heater, and causing a fire.
Love my old school Coleman liquid fuel gear. Looking for tips and tricks to make the most of it.

-Dave
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yobo
thanks
this is the first i heard of carb cleaner in the gas but i have been doing it myself in lanters or a while. kinda aprehensive to try in a heater
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dbhost
I can't say if it works or not, just what I have been reading. I wish the weather had been cooperating with me more this winter. My weekends have been up in the 70s pretty much every weekend I've been out this winter. Go figure.
Love my old school Coleman liquid fuel gear. Looking for tips and tricks to make the most of it.

-Dave
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Majicwrench
Why put anything in the fuel??  Fuel additives are there to clean injectors etc. There is nothing like that in a heater. 
dbhost, who is adding carb cleaner??

One more time....a few years ago a member here ran one all winter long on unleaded gas with no ill effects.

dbhost,  do you have any experience with E85 in a heater or are you just guessing??

The little handwarmers....that are just tiny mushroom heaters...work fine on alcohol.
Keith
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dbhost
Majicwrench wrote:
Why put anything in the fuel??  Fuel additives are there to clean injectors etc. There is nothing like that in a heater. 
dbhost, who is adding carb cleaner??

One more time....a few years ago a member here ran one all winter long on unleaded gas with no ill effects.

dbhost,  do you have any experience with E85 in a heater or are you just guessing??

The little handwarmers....that are just tiny mushroom heaters...work fine on alcohol.


I admit I am WAGging on the E85. Based on the 85% Ethanol content. Again this is NOT something I have tested myself, and the thread about the kitchen coop user is a general mystery as to how to actually find it..

Like I said before I have yet to test. I just haven't had a cooperative winter this year.

Not sure why, but I don't think the catalytic head is as likely to get gummed up so much as I am concerned about messing up the wick... It's probably an unrealistic concern, but it is still there...

The manual for the 511A if I recall right, said it takes unleaded gasoline. Not sure that means the same thing now as it did in 1968 though. 
Love my old school Coleman liquid fuel gear. Looking for tips and tricks to make the most of it.

-Dave
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Chucker
Unleaded gasoline in 1968? No, different product today than back then.  
Chuck
"Stop being angry, and forget about getting back at people; do not worry -- it only causes harm." Ps. 37:8
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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dbhost
Chucker wrote:
Unleaded gasoline in 1968? No, different product today than backthen.  


I need to see if I can find the manual / leaflet again. I know it specified to use gasoline, and specified to absolutely NOT use leaded gasoline. I may be completing the unleaded gas part by association now... I know it did say to use gasoline though, and specifically to NOT use leaded gas... It made sense to assume unleaded gasoline. 
Love my old school Coleman liquid fuel gear. Looking for tips and tricks to make the most of it.

-Dave
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Majicwrench
Just like in the catalytic converter in your car, lead is the thing that damages it.
Keith
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yobo
thanks
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yobo
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yobo
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yobo
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yobo
thanks
I am worried about the wick too
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