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?
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.