Coleman Lanterns

Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: europachris On: Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:12 pm

I don't know if this was covered in a previous post, but gasoline burning Colemans (either Coleman fuel or Unleaded) have a "fuel-air tube" of a few different designs based upon the vintage of the lantern. Essentially, it allows a fuel-air vapor to be created in a cold generator so the lantern can be lit without preheating.

Most of the table lamps did not have this feature, instead just having straight pickup tubes in the fount. Only the last few lamp models had the same sort of fuel-air tubes as the lanterns. The first lamps and lanterns needed a alcohol torch to preheat the generator - basically some felt pads soaked in alcohol on a little clamp that was put on the generator and lit. The "Quick-Lite" lamps and lanterns featured the Q99 generator with the loop in it and only needed a pair of wooden matches to preheat it.

Kerosene lamps and lanterns always have straight pickup tubes and require preheating. Even gas models with fuel-air tubes require preheating since kerosene isn't volatile enough to vaporize at room temp. So, they have a little cup around the generator that is filled with alcohol and lit prior to lighting. It sounds like a lot of extra hassle to most people, but it's really not a big deal. I've converted several lantern models to run on kerosene as well, but still camp with Coleman fuel in them since my stove runs on it as well and a tank full will last through most all of my camping trips.

The other thing is that generators will clog up with carbon residue quite a bit sooner on kerosene. The kero models have larger diameter generators to minimize the effects, but I've found running Kleen-Heat or similar top quality kerosene results in barely any more buildup than Coleman fuel. Bulk pump kero has been both very good and very bad - even from the same station and pump.

It's fun taking a 90 year old lamp and experiencing what it was like before electricity was installed in homes.

Chris
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: warminmn On: Tue Feb 09, 2016 11:32 pm

Theres some very good information on this thread. Ive learned some things from it. Thanks everyone!
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: cokehead On: Sun Mar 06, 2016 4:31 am

200A modified to run on kerosene.
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: cokehead On: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:30 pm

Here is a 220E that was my father's and a 228H that was a Christmas gift back in 1974 from my parents. They both need Coleman fuel which has come down in price recently to $7.64 per gallon plus tax. That is still more than it should be but I feel like I can use my Coleman fuel fueled lanterns again. :oops: Yeah I'm cheap.

My father's 220E spent a lot of time on a boat around salt water and is a little worse for wear. I just recently retrieved it and haven't cleaned it up yet.
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: cokehead On: Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:56 pm

Petromax 150 CP on kerosene, not a Coleman
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:20 am

Nice CH! :)
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: cokehead On: Sat Apr 02, 2016 10:23 pm

Here are three newer lanterns that all can run on 87 oct gasoline or Coleman fuel. That is what Coleman calls Dual Fuel. Left to right Model 295, 226, 2000. The 295 is off and the 2000 is turned down low. In the second picture the 226 is turned down low so the camera would work right.
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: cokehead On: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:39 pm

https://vimeo.com/198243638 I had nothing to do with the production of this video. I just thought it was nice and it is related to Coleman lanterns.
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Re: Coleman Lanterns

PostBy: bcdex On: Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:59 pm

I bet Coleman charges more for the dual fuel. Ha, I'm 67 and still useing the same Coleman lantern I had when I was a teenager. Guess what? That's all I burned back then was regular gas in it. Still works today at our campsite.
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