Ever wondered how long Coleman camp stove fuel will last? (Coleman® Fuel – ‘White Gas’), or their propane fueled camp stoves…
Many of us have one of these stoves, the brand name of which has been around for decades. I thought it would be helpful to determine approximate Coleman fuel consumption estimates which will help you decide how much fuel you might need depending on your usage.
I determined the consumption values based on the Coleman website per-hour usage for their Two-Burner camp stoves (Coleman® Fuel and Propane).
Two-Burner Camp Stove Fuel Consumption (White Gas)
How long does Coleman fuel last?
This is my Coleman dual fuel stove. I’ve had it for a LONG time! It still works great…
Guide Series Dual-Fuel Camping Stove
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Coleman fuel consumption obviously depends how long you operate your burners. So I will list a few examples, based on data I found from Coleman.
Both Burners on High for 1 hour will consume about 0.16 gallons of Coleman fuel.
That would be almost exactly one gallon if you did that for a week (lets say your camping for example).
|2.5||pints (tank size)|
|2||hours (both burners on high)|
|1.25||pints per hour|
|0.16||gallons per hour|
|6.4||hours per gallon|
Two-Burner Camp Stove Fuel Consumption (Propane)
Their latest dual burner propane stove:
Again, from Coleman estimates…
A 1 pound propane cylinder will last a bit longer than one hour with both burners on high. Your results may vary. And often you’re only using one burner anyway…
Types of Fuel for Coleman Camp Stoves
Coleman® Fuel (White Gas)
Also called white gas or camping fuel, you can’t beat it for camping in the winter or at high altitude. Burns hot even at subzero temperatures. And unlike butane and propane, output doesn’t falter as temperatures drop. Coleman® Fuel is very refined, and burns hotter and cleaner than other liquid fuels. It’s not difficult to come by. By carrying the fuel in small refillable fuel bottles, you don’t have the disposal considerations you do with empty propane or butane cylinders. But unlike appliances that use those fuels, you do need to fill liquid-fuel appliances. And for steady output, they need to be pumped occasionally to maintain pressure within the fuel tank.
Shelf Life of Coleman® Fuel (White Gas)
An un-opened container of Coleman® Fuel stored in a dry area with no rapid extreme changes in temperature will remain viable for five to seven years. An opened container stored in the same area will remain viable for up to two years though will be at its best if used within a year. Coleman® Propane Cylinders can be stored indefinitely in a dry area. The propane fuel inside the cylinder will not break down.
Coleman DualFuel™ appliances are made to accommodate automobile fuel. Coleman’s modified valving even allows for differences between summer and winter blends. At 1/10 of the cost of propane, unleaded gas is the cheapest of all appliance fuels. And it’s available everywhere, of course. In an emergency, you can siphon gas from the tank of your RV or car to use in a DualFuel lantern or stove. Although it’s the most economical fuel to use, you’ll extend the life of your appliance by using purer Coleman™ Fuel most of the time.
More campers use this fuel than any other, probably because of convenience and ease of use. No pouring. No priming. Just attach the fuel cylinder to the appliance and you’re in business. Coleman equipment is pressure-regulated at 15 psi (pounds per square inch) to ensure steady output throughout the life of the cylinder. Propane offers great overall reliability, but be aware that it operates less effectively at subfreezing temperatures than liquid fuels. Cold will cause a pressure drop in the cylinder and output will diminish as a result. If you tend to set up camp and stay for days or weeks, investing in a refillable bulk tank will significantly reduce the overall cost of fuel.