Pressurized fuel mantle lanterns... who uses them? Please step inside.

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I put a few adds on craigslist today in the wanted section: seeking old pressure lanterns. I already got a few replies and just picked up a pair of 200A's.

One will probably be used for kerosene conversion experimentation.

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Picked up the Tilley's this weekend, looks like the birth of a new hobby.

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Ecosys wrote:

Picked up the Tilley's this weekend, looks like the birth of a new hobby.

 

Wow, that's just awesome...major score right out of the gates!  You will definitely have fun with those.  Start clearing room on a shelf, you will need it shortly Laughing

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Ecosys wrote:

Picked up the Tilley's this weekend, looks like the birth of a new hobby.

 

Wow, that's just awesome...major score right out of the gates!  You will definitely have fun with those.  Start clearing room on a shelf, you will need it shortly Laughing

What a terrific find. Youre going to love those Tilley's. Ive been burning a lantern almost every night for the last month. Yeah, Im totally out of control with them but they are so much fun to tinker with. Especially the antiquie fixer-uppers. The build quality is simply amazing with many of the older ones.

Speaking of 220 lanterns, I just picked up a nearly new 220J today for $10. It even came with 10 packs of silk lites and a full can a coleman fuel. What an amazing deal.

For those that want to start hording lanterns on the cheap, put an add in your local internet sales (craigslist for me).

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Unfortunately I don't...I love kero but have resisted that slippery slope...so far. I have kero Optimus/Primus stoves but that's it.  Check on the Coleman collectors forum...someone there could help you out I'm sure...those guys are class A hoarders...and exceptionally nice people Laughing

Thanks for the heads up. Ive got all my lantern in tip-top operational condition, thanks to CCF. You're right... I havent ran into a nicer group of people since visiting SCUBA and pilots forums. I might need to make a pilgrimage to one of the larger events.

You probably already know this, but 75 kero/25 CF makes for a nice clean burning kero lantern that you can burn indoors without a lot of CO emissions or the kero/CF smell. Just light and shut down outdoors. Burning 2 of my 237's heats my upstairs level quite nicely. Removing the vent allows probably at least 30% more light indoors.

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My meager but quickly growing classic collection. Tongue Out

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Just found your old Thread here. Time to fuel it up again. Silly

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I had just got two off craigslist, not the nice older ones you guys have, but a 290 and a 295. I am assuming they both came with the hard plastic cases as the dates on the bottoms match up.

 

The 295 is basically new made in 2000.

The 290 is in pretty good shape, made the same year as me 1985. Looks barely used, but left out in the shed too long as theres some light rust on the plated steel and the old fuel is nasty and the inside of the fount needs some TLC. I think I am going to try converting the 290 to kerosene, and see about changing out some of the other parts to kind of visually customize it.

 

Some day I will get my hands on a 237, just going to have to wait and keep an eye out for the deal I can justify buying one at

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I had just got two off craigslist, not the nice older ones you guys have, but a 290 and a 295. I am assuming they both came with the hard plastic cases as the dates on the bottoms match up.

 

The 295 is basically new made in 2000.

The 290 is in pretty good shape, made the same year as me 1985. Looks barely used, but left out in the shed too long as theres some light rust on the plated steel and the old fuel is nasty and the inside of the fount needs some TLC. I think I am going to try converting the 290 to kerosene, and see about changing out some of the other parts to kind of visually customize it.

 

Some day I will get my hands on a 237, just going to have to wait and keep an eye out for the deal I can justify buying one at

Any photos of them yet? Smile

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Those are the pictures from the add. I'll replace them with my own later tonight or tomorrow.

Note the two different size mantles on the 295 I'm the first two pics lol. 

Overall they are both great condition. The 295 looks like it was only lit to be tested 

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Two nice looking lanterns, and in new condition.

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Thanks. I was surprised at the condition myself 

 

The inside of the tank on the 290 is pretty dirty, and the plated steel under the vent is starting to rust. 

I am thinking of seeing if a 295 bottom frame will fit it to get rid of the ugly steel cage around the globe, and maybe finding a rounded bulged globe to fit it. But not totally sure yet.

 

Edit: picked the pair up for $70 with the cases

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Anyone here with multiple lanterns able to test something for me? 

I had found that the 295 bottom frame assembly will fit all model 290's and 295's.

 

Anyone happen to have one of the following: 

220, 228, 290, 290A, 295 or 235

And also have a (preferably bulged):

236, 237, 635, or 639

and able to see if they work on one another? 

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Are you asking if the 237 bulged globe will fit your 295?

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I forgot all about this thread, but Ive come such a long way since. Just to add to the lantern’nin festivities, here’s my favorite 2 vids of all time! :bigsmile:

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Yep, that's what I was asking, but I am pretty sure it will according to the dimensions I found online. 


IInterested in trading one of them purty 237s for a 2w blue laser? Silly 

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FlashPilot wrote:
I forgot all about this thread, but Ive come such a long way since. Just to add to the lantern’nin festivities, here’s my favorite 2 vids of all time! :bigsmile:

Available in HD.


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once the weather warms up i have to do the same. Light up all my lanterns, all the Gas lanterns, Oil/Wick lanterns, and all my LED lanterns all at the same time and do a video & photos.

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Pulsar wrote:

Yep, that’s what I was asking, but I am pretty sure it will according to the dimensions I found online. 


IInterested in trading one of them purty 237s for a 2w blue laser? Silly 

Im not at home at the moment but will see if I can swap globes tomorrow and let you know. Thanks for the offer but Im not much into lasers.
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once the weather warms up i have to do the same. Light up all my lanterns, all the Gas lanterns, Oil/Wick lanterns, and all my LED lanterns all at the same time and do a video & photos.

Im looking forward to your vid. My kero lite-ups happen indoors during the winter to help heat the house (that, or burn it down Party ). Its a lot more work with kero because they need to be preheated with burning alcohol before the valve can be turned to ignite the kero.

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Pulsar wrote:

Anyone here with multiple lanterns able to test something for me? 

I had found that the 295 bottom frame assembly will fit all model 290’s and 295’s.

 

Anyone happen to have one of the following: 

220, 228, 290, 290A, 295 or 235

And also have a (preferably bulged):

236, 237, 635, or 639

and able to see if they work on one another? 

The classic thin glass 237 bulge globe fits the 295 duel fuel just fine. OCP might sell used ones made in Germany or USA. Stay away from the new Chinese made replacement globes Coleman sells because they are of very poor quality, thick glass and full of imperfections.

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Nice. Does it look good on it, or does it look out of place? 

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It looks classy. :bigsmile:

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You guys got any good tips for cleaning varnish out of the fount besides the BB dance? I dont have many good chemical cleaners here, but I did put some coleman fuel in it with a bunch of small screws used in computer builds. Let it soak and gave it a good shake and spins a few times a day. I then tried denatured alcohol hoping it would help loosen the gunk up. Got a good part of it cleaned out, but theres some showing no signs of loosening up anytime soon

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You guys got any good tips for cleaning varnish out of the fount besides the BB dance? I dont have many good chemical cleaners here, but I did put some coleman fuel in it with a bunch of small screws used in computer builds. Let it soak and gave it a good shake and spins a few times a day. I then tried denatured alcohol hoping it would help loosen the gunk up. Got a good part of it cleaned out, but theres some showing no signs of loosening up anytime soon

I have used steel screws to loosen up rust and dirt, but never had to clean old gasoline varnish yet. If you have access to a paint can shaker, the steel screws (or use steel BBs with cleaner, and plug the openings) should work, then retrieve the screws/BBs out with a telescopic magnet after.

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I've just purchased a 24-pack of Peerless Thorium mantles to use with my Coleman CLX lantern. When I first got this lantern and replaced the mantles, I was disappointed as it wasn't as bright and white as I recalled lanterns being when I was a kid. After research, I found it was due to the reformulation of the mantle material, so I'm stocking up with the good stuff...

I can't wait for a comparison once I get the new mantles installed.


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Gahhh... I made an order with OCP, and I forgot the peerless mantles...

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Nice to see this thread revived – shouldn’t we ask Mr. Admin for a pressure fuel lantern sub-forum? Wink

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I was thinking the same, but liquid fueled maybe. That could include stuff like Aladdin's also. 

 

PS: I have been debating hard about getting an Aladdin lamp lately lol.

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I was only half joking; some of the recent restorations posted in a few threads are really beautiful, and “off topic chatter” doesn’t do them justice.

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Just noticed a NOS 237, was sealed, opened to take pictures, on ebay for $950 or make offer.

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Yeah, if its the same I saw there's significant rust on the bottom of the fount. Don't know for sure, but I'd say don't put in a deal anywhere near what they are asking 

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