Seafoam use in a lantern

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Curious dtovie
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Seafoam use in a lantern

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I recently cleaned up and fired up three 220 series Coleman lanterns ( two F's and one h ) that had not been used in years. Plenty of dust but they fired up good with just one being temperamental. It has been mentioned on this site that people have put one cap of Seafoam in their stove tanks and ran it through to help clean the system. If I burn a tank of fuel through each lantern and add a cap of Seafoam will it hurt the lantern? With them having been unused for so long I thought it would help clean the system.
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It's not going to hurt the lantern. I also use Berryman's chemtool at a concentration waaaay past a capful. However, nowadays if things are nasty, I rinse the fount with denatured alcohol, service the generator and everything is good. Maybe it's good for occasional use to keep things clean? Dunno, but you aren't going to hurt anything.
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You may try running it for a while. Sometimes when you clean em up and get them running you break all the junk loose and they just need to run a while and clear their throat.
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Re: Seafoam use in a lantern

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Seafoam is mostly oil. And naptha (which is pretty much Coleman fuel!)

Just run CF.

If they "fired up good" why add anything to fuel?
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Coleman fuel doesn't go bad. As long as no water has accumulated you don't have anything to worry about I have used Coleman fuel that was over 40 years old.
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Re: Seafoam use in a lantern

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"It has been mentioned on this site that people have put one cap of Seafoam in their stove tanks and ran it through to help clean the system."

I think it is in the realm ritualistic behaviors unless the injectors, rings, and and noisy lifters need attention.
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Thanks for the advice, I thought maybe some kind of additive would help clean them out. Maybe carb cleaner/ fuel injector cleaner. I have two Mil-Sprcs I will bring to Gordon's if I can make it there Andy.one is Coleman one is SMP. Never have fired them up. Will change gaskets and oil pump leather this week. Hopefully I can find out a little about them.
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Seafoam is naptha, light oil, and denatured alcohol in a specific mixture. you could just add some alcohol to your fount once in a while and get the same effect, since CF is Naptha. I can't see any benefit to the oil portion in our applications.

When i was fixing up my 242 that wouldn't run unless I blocked the air tube, I ran alcohol through the fuel side to clean it out (left it in the lantern a couple days), it worked pretty well.
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I am sure that you will find plenty of folks that will help you get them going and tell you more about them. Look forward to seeing you there.
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One caution, Berrymans B12 will eat paint, ask me how I know😐. I had to repaint the tank on my 413G, because I splashed it around, so I used B-12 to finish stripping it.
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