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Friday, 17 January 2020

B - But... But...Muh Naptha....!!!



I love these things and I always will. I got an LED one the size of a hockey puck that will put out more light, strobe, and do different colours... throw a loop of paracord round it and hang it in a tree and it will light up your camp just fine - without setting it on fire.

But it isn’t the same. I can smell the Coleman. I can hear it. The light is a companionable yellow and not the actinic white of LED’s. (Or the strobing red of a submarine going to battle stations).

I don’t have one anymore; as I get older the practicality vs nostalgia thing seems to have gone against me.

It might be time to rectify that. 😊👍

Still in the deep freeze here folks. Hope all is well with you, and that the weather breaks soon!🥶

7 comments:

  1. I've had the same one since 1963. Had to replace a few of the gaskets, mostly on the pump, but it still works. It brings back a lot of memories as a young kid camping with dad.

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    1. You should buy a few spares and maybe have an inventory of recommended spare parts maybe? Or could you fab them yourself, Sarge?

      I hope your kids and grandkids end up using it too, and that it will remind them of good times with you too.

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  2. I pulled the one mantle red Coleman light from the hook in the basement and checked it out.
    I found that a partially used can of fuel no longer worked in either the lantern or the stove and that a local large store carried a naptha called Crown fuel for much less than Coleman fuel.
    I needed to replace the pump washer in the red lantern, and oiling the washers and using new fuel put the twin burner stove, and the duel fuel twin mantle lantern back in service.
    It was a fun project, as OldSarg said, brought back good memories, and I now have another backup for light and cooking.
    I got some Peerless brand mantles from Amazon, but haven't tested them yet.

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    1. I always found the mantles to be a bit of a bugger John. They are so fragile that I always kept spares on hand.

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  3. I got on Ebay a couple of years ago and got a smokin' good deal on a Dual Fuel Coleman lantern.
    Shop hard and you might find one. They ain't cheap to buy new.

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    1. They are obscenely expensive now. The old chromers and the ones with retro shades are getting into nose bleed prices too - the yuppies are collecting them now...

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  4. They sure threw out the heat. You could heat the complete interior of a reasonable living quarters with one of those.

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