Coleman fuel lanterns do NOT produce carbon monoxide.greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread
I ran our Coleman fuel dual-mantle lantern on high in a closed bathroom for half an hour, with a fancy carbon monoxide metetr that gives readings in PPM sitting right next to it. The bathroom got warm, but not even one part per million of carbon monoxide. I do not know for sure if this would extend to other items burning Coleman fuel or not, as I have not tested anything else, and it may be that the intense way the lanterns burn burns the fuel more completely. Carbon dioxide is another story. All fire produces that, so we need ventilation. It was a bit "close" in the bathroom.
-- Shivani Arjuna (SArjuna@aol.com), September 27, 1999
I would run the test with another carbon monoxide detector. EVERY source I have talked to, on this forum, and locally plus a Coleman representative said they DO produce carbon monoxide.
-- Steve A. (email@example.com), September 27, 1999.
100% combustion is impossible with that type of flame temperature, check your meter for sure.
-- Will (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 27, 1999.
Don't trust it.
EVERYTHING that burns can make CO, if the burn is not correct.
Use common sense and ventilate when you use open flame or mantle lanterns.
-- Art Welling (email@example.com), September 28, 1999.
Ummm, When I finish tuning a Coleman lantern, there better NOT be any flame, or it ain't burning correctly, and it MIGHT produce CO. Remember that the burning takes place on a mantle, which acts as more of a catalyst.
I ALWAYS ventilate the tent, room etc. when I'm burning a Coleman product, even their cataclysmic heater. I kind of don't like to compete for the O2 available, and i want to make sure that they have sufficient O2 so they won't do an incomplete job of combustion.
Besides, if there is sufficient CO2, you won't make it either. Chuck, Who made his living rebuilding these critters, and considers this as a great future business (gotta get a few more generators, valves and fuel/air tubes)
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 28, 1999.
You make the assumption that your Coleman fuel will always be fresh and non-contaminated. Try your test with some OLD fuel... You might be surprised at the difference...
-- Dog (Desert Dog@-sand.com), September 29, 1999.
WOOF** While you are usually right, remember that the lantern burns catalytically on the mantle. It's a prety damn clean burn when it is tuned properly and up to normal temp which takes about a minute.
watching the cats tumble
-- Chuck, a night driver (email@example.com), October 01, 1999.