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Coleman Fuel?

Question:
My question is regarding the differences between coleman fuel and kerosene. Can coleman fuel be burned inside a house or is it only for outside use in outdoor stoves? I read once that one of these 2 fuels gives off carbon monoxide and the other gives off oxygen. Is this correct? What are the differences?

Thank you

Answer:
Judy,

Here's the answer from Coleman.

Short answers to the questions are: both fuels burn oxygen and are designed for outdoor use only.

Coleman fuel is a much more refined fuel than kerosene. Kerosene appliances require preheating because they turn from a liquid to a vapor at a much higher temperature. A kerosene lantern for instance has a preheating cup where alcohol is squirted and lighted first before the lantern is turned on to begin the vaporization process. With stoves, a preheating paste or a squirt of raw fuel is started on the burner to preheat the generator. Kerosene by definition is dirtier, which is a function of less refining. But once lighted both fuel types burn oxygen at a fairly similar rate and can potentially cause a carbon monoxide situation as a result of that combustion process. Kerosene generally is not the fuel of choice in the U.S. It typically is used in third world nations where kerosene is more available.

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