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Old 07-18-2010, 01:47 PM
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I have a dual fuel stove and lantern that I was considering using indoors if I had too. Coleman says no....Now I understand the issues with carbon monoxide in your home...but I would think that your regular gas stove would put out about the same amount of CO. Has anyone used these indoors?
Old 07-18-2010, 01:49 PM
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Why couldnt you just go into your backyard?
Mabeye it would be fine if you used it right next to an open window with a fan blowing behind it.
Old 07-18-2010, 01:58 PM
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CO is completely odorless and tasteless with no way to detect without a gas analyzer or CO detector. You just get sleepy and then you just get dead.

If you REALLY are pressed into using them then ventilate, ventilate, ventilate!
Old 07-18-2010, 02:21 PM
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If you must cook inside, use a propane or alcohol stove. These burn much cleaner and lessen the chance of CO2. Gas kitchen stoves burn either natural gas or propane which burn very clean. It's not worth taking the chance.
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Gas stoves burn natural gas(gaseous) fuel, Coleman uses liquid gas. Natural gas has A much higher effective burn ratio, leaving less toxins(CO2) in air during/after burn. I use mine on the back porch but, would use it on my stove.. if I had power to my external venting fan.
Old 07-18-2010, 02:25 PM
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Put a carbon monoxide detector in the same room and try it out. I'd just let it burn for a while and not be in the same area. If the detector goes off, I'd say it was a bad idea.
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Never use them indoors unless you want to take a dirt nap.
Old 07-18-2010, 03:49 PM
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NO to Coleman fuel lanterns indoors! We used to use them in tents. No problems in the heavy canvas tents that breathed, but then we got a newer one made out of nylon. Two Coleman lanterns burning inside a tent during a pouring down rainstorm, 5 guys inside. One guy finally spoke up and said it was getting hard to breathe. We noticed the lanterns pulsating light, not steady. Another guy threw open the front door flap and the lanterns lit right up and we could breathe easy again.
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Its not just about how clean a gas burns, as any gas that burns will put off CO, as little as 7ppm can cause problems. The difference between your gas stove and your coleman, is that the gas stove is vented to the outside. The CO has a place to go other than in your living space.
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Ill admit that just the other I was doing some canning on my "generic" 2 burner stove. I can use my pressure canner on my smooth top range, but not the water bath canner, go figure. Anyhow, I put the 2 burner stove right in front of my open kitchen window, no problems to note. I think if you were in a bad situation, no electricity, etc., didn't want folks to know that you had cooking facilities, then this would be the best thing to do.
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Lost power for 6 days during hurrican isabel. used coleman stove inside placed it on stove. Also used lantern. Had doors and windows open. No problem. Just think you'll be ok
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Open a couple windows and you should be good to go. As others have said it is fairly common to use these in tents...again, ventilation is your friend.
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I buy Coleman lanterns at auctions and rebuild them, and add them to my collection

We use them in power outages inside as well, doors and/or windows open. The best advice I can give is try it before hand so your not stuck trying it when you need it!

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I managed to CO poison our whole family of 6. It was inadequate venting of a gas generator. The most dangerous symptom was confusion. Trying to make decisions with a dead slow brain was very difficult. After a night in the hospital on pure oxygen we came back to a home without electrical power. Moving the generator 50 ft. and rewiring 8 connections took 8 hours!
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Gas stoves (natural gas or propane) give off carbon dioxide (CO2). This is colorless and odorless but not poisonous. Th the CO2 replaces to much oxygen then you could be asphyxiated. Coleman stoves and lanterns that burn Coleman fuel give off carbon monoxide (CO). This is colorless and odorless and poisonous. This can kill at low concentrations. I have used my Coleman equipment in my house but open my windows.

I like the suggestion by labotomi on the use of a CO detector. Thanks
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I appreciate all of the responses. It is pretty much as I thought....If you must use it indoors make sure to ventilate well. I do have a co detector also.
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If it's in the summer when you can open several windows and doors, AND ensure a good cross breeze to move the CO out of the house, then it might be ok. If it's in the winter with no windows open, no way.

I have been poisoned with CO several times. I do remember one time I was getting sleepy, confusued and started getting paranoid. I can't remember exactly why I was paranoid, it was something silly like a gang of rabbits with red eyes were trying to get into the house to bite my toes. Really weird stuff. We had a propane dryer and furnace, so one of those 2 was leaking CO. It never happened again, and I bought a CO detector later that week.
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Originally Posted by calidreamer View Post
I managed to CO poison our whole family of 6. It was inadequate venting of a gas generator. The most dangerous symptom was confusion. Trying to make decisions with a dead slow brain was very difficult. After a night in the hospital on pure oxygen we came back to a home without electrical power. Moving the generator 50 ft. and rewiring 8 connections took 8 hours!
Internal combustion engines are not stoves or lanterns. If you are dumb enough to run a gas engine in the house or garage without external venting then you deserve to be vented from the gene pool (should have stayed awake during general science every public schooled child is taught this). The Amish have been lighting with coleman lanterns for generations. Don't be stupid about it just crack the windows open.
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Question: Is there a shelf life on the Coleman fuel containers?
Old 09-18-2010, 01:58 AM
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Ventilation is the key here. As long as you have plenty of fresh air coming in you are okay.

I would never put my trust in some co detector i bought at walmart or anywhere for that matter, when it comes to you or your familys lives. How many things have you bought in your lifetime that didnt work properlly so you had to return them? Think about it a co detector is not a guarantee or fool proof.


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