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Coleman 500 Jan 1960

Discussion in 'Coleman No:500' started by Billyboy, Apr 21, 2016.

  1. Billyboy

    Billyboy Canada Subscriber

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    I found this dirty 500 at a yard sale. I want a "user" for deep frying fish and general camp duties. (They can't all sit on the shelf)
    It ran, but weakly.

    Electrolysis cleaned up the burner, and I gave it a coat of VHT ceramic header paint. I left the grate bare metal. Fashioned a windscreen out of a "meat and cheese tray" bottom.

    Currently it's running on 66% Kero 33% white gas and it seems to like it. I'll try a richer blend as I burn up the fuel in the tank.
    The knob is not original.

    Overall I'm pretty pleased.

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  2. Metropolitantrout

    Metropolitantrout United States Subscriber

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    Looks and burns great, nice job! Should last another 50 years.
     
  3. kerry460

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    G,,day mate .
    the 500 is a lovely versatile stove , very adjustable in heat output .
    tough . solid . stable .

    but it was designed to burn Coleman Fuel / white gas / shellite , etc .
    try it on this and it should fire up quicker ,
    i am not saying they cant / will not burn kero .

    i like mine a lot .

    cheers
    kerry
     
  4. kerry460

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    a photo of one of mine 100_1589.JPG
     
  5. flivver

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    I love your wind screen, may have to do that myself. Mike... 1940 500 007_1_1_1.jpg My 1940
     
  6. Billyboy

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    Indeed, it does fire up more quickly on white gas. I'm running it on a lightened up mix of kero to save a bit on operating costs, as well as I want to be able to mix a batch and feed my Coleman 237 lantern(kero) and the 500 on the same jug of fuel.
    I find a small shot of alcohol for a preheat gets things up and running fast enough for me.
     
  7. z1ulike

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    Making my own blend of Kero/Coleman never occurred to me. I'll have to give that a try.

    Ben
     
  8. Billyboy

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    Thanks Mike. It seems to work well without starving it for air.
     
  9. Tony Press

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    @z1ulike

    Where I come from I get kerosene at 1/4 the price of Shellite (= Coleman fuel), so mixing Coleman fuel with kero just increases the cost of running the appliance.

    I also suspect that stoves are far more forgiving than lamps when it comes to putting a bit of the "other" fuel in the mix.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  10. Rick b

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    Nice stove and good burn also. Still looking for my first. Thanks for posting.
     

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