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    any coleman latern fans here?

    Me i love em the older the better i like the white gas kind that ya fill with Coleman fuel or unleaded gas.There is just somethign about the kiss and the light you get from them

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    My coleman lantern is only about 10. My stove, however, is pushing 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    My coleman lantern is only about 10. My stove, however, is pushing 60.
    I love them old stoves.Just replace the pump everyonce ina while and you r all set

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    We use them on camping trips, but I'm always afraid they're going to explode so I sit far away from them...kind of defeats the purpose of light.
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    I have a propane one and a battery one. The battery one is for inside the tent.
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    I love my coleman lantern and this thread reminds me I need to restock my mantel supply.
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    I have a couple less desirable but fully functional lanterns given to me by a friend that collects and refurbishes them. I plan to convert them into sconces for my front porch with halogen bulbs.

    For actual camping I prefer the propane and battery models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MangoPumpkin View Post
    We use them on camping trips, but I'm always afraid they're going to explode so I sit far away from them...kind of defeats the purpose of light.
    Let's not worry about the Coleman latern.Keep that sleeping bag zipped next time the latern goes out.
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    When I'm camping and need heat and light I start a forest fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    When I'm camping and need heat and light I start a forest fire.
    Next time, shackle yourself to a tree.
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    Ah, the days, decades ago at the remote research site with a big wall tent and two 3-burner stoves going full blast Evening after evening and a couple of lanterns with their soothing snake bite hiss. Up to 6 scientists sitting around, shooting the bull and drinking warm beer, hot fried fish, abalone, till we couldn't stand.
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    YA ever notice how many dead insects are in them in the am? They could sell it as a bug killer

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    The light you get from them? You mean the harsh, burn your retna if you look it, light that you have to have it set on if you want to see anything? I wish I could find a frosted globe for my lantern, that would help. I have a few propane ones.
    And of course everybody has lantern stories.
    The British girl that pumped up her lantern, turned it on, and then went looking for a match. Found one, struck it, and shoved it into the lantern. The result was a big 'POOF', and a bunch of people screaming 'NOOOOOO' while diving for cover.
    Then there was the burn outs in Maine that asked for help getting thier lantern started. I gave them some new mantles, and cleaned out about a pound and a half of dead bugs. And like magic, light. They of course in turn, orrered to share thier beer and weed.

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    My daddy has a green Coleman lantern that belonged to *his* daddy, and it's still fully functional. We replaced the cap, pump, and mantles a few years ago, and fire it up once or twice a year. I gave it a good cleaning when we found it, but it still has an old lantern patina. Mine's silver and probably 12 years old. New mantles and pump installed last summer, and it works well.

    I bought a small vintage one-burner and one of those briefcase-sized two-burner stoves a few years ago that use the white gas. I remember how unprepared my family seemed during the Blizzard of 1993, and I decided not to let that happen again. Both stoves still work well, and it's amazing really how useful they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    I love my coleman lantern and this thread reminds me I need to restock my mantel supply.
    That is my biggest complaint... always needing to use a new mantle.

    Otherwise I love my light and stove and the fact that they both run on the same fuel as the automobile... unleaded gas. We tend to camp with some folks that have propane everything... and the propane indeed is easier for cooking... but they have to constantly monitor fuel. Me, I just carry extra fuel for the long off road treks and use just a tiny bit of that for my stove and lamp. I filter it and put it into a separate much smaller container for convenience, but otherwise... same fuel.

    And of course being offroad, mantles don't last for one second once we start moving... the little ash bits just break up fast.

    I think my stove is well over 25 years old, where as the lantern is only about 15 years old.
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    I bought my lantern new fifty-something years ago, still works fine. I lost my stove I bought at the same time, so I replaced it with an older model I found at a yard sale. Works great, but I prefer the new butane burner for convenience. I also have a little bitty gas stove I take bike touring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    The light you get from them? You mean the harsh, burn your retna if you look it, light that you have to have it set on if you want to see anything?
    Yup - and that destroy the night vision of both the people who use them as well as everyone in campsites on all sides. We probably still have one somewhere in the garage, but haven't used it in over 40 years. Greatly prefer either little directional LED lights when needing to see something specific or candle lanterns for giving a general area lighting that's much more subdued.

    But I do like their stoves. Most recent is a 32 year old Peak-1 that hasn't needed any maintenance other than an occasional drop of oil on the pump plunger.

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    We used to say that the ability to light a Coleman lantern was the ultimate test of your manhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    I have a couple less desirable but fully functional lanterns given to me by a friend that collects and refurbishes them. I plan to convert them into sconces for my front porch with halogen bulbs


    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    When I'm camping and need heat and light I start a forest fire.


    I have 3. We use them to heat and light up our tent fishhouse all at once. One was my dads, one I bought for $20, and one I bought for $5. Once up the the BWCA I sat with one between my legs to stay warm, and managed to avoid total night blindness while craning my neck to watch the stars. There are times when thick cotton pants are better than nylon

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    Never did have lanterns, but appreciated the stoves. Had a couple of the dual fuels you mentioned, coleman white, and unleaded. They were very very good, cheap, practical, and did all my cooking for over 3 years while I was living in my van.

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    I love the one I have, my dad gave it to me years ago and we've had for as long as I can remember. It's been the main source of light on the patio after more hurricanes than I care to relive.

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    I love the old Coleman lanterns. That sound brings back such great memories of camping with my folks as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoadTire View Post
    I was going to do the conversion without damaging it where it couldn't be reversed. I could see a conversion kit being a hot item for folks that collect Coleman and have unviable lanterns.
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    I found a 220 lantern thrown in the alley dumpster. All it needed was a new globe and mantles. Not knowing anything at all about Coleman lanterns I went about trying to get it to work. Had one big "BOOM", but, after that, it was pretty straightforward. I am now a fan. It serves as my "monsoon emergency light".
    A friend has since given me two more. One I've refurbed with a new generator and mantles, the other is a WW2 vintage and parts are NLA. Probably going to send that one to the Coleman museum folks.

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    I had one for years. It went OB on a sailing trip and now rests comfortably on the bottom of the Chesapeake.

    The new LED lanterns are a much better option.
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