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Are the #770 generators for the #8311/8312 Thermos lanterns officially gone? I’ve been searching the net for six months and haven’t seen any NOS or used for sale anywhere. I’ve looked on the usual sites and OCP with no luck. Also no luck with being able to estimate what one or more would cost because I’ve literally seen nothing. Is there something I’m missing? The two Thermos lanterns I have work great but a few spare generators would be nice. Any information will be greatly appreciated. 

Also, hopefully I posted this in the right section. If it isn’t please feel free to move to the proper section. 
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Clayton has lots of AGM parts. I will ask him.
Can you buy a crusty lantern and get parts that way?
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Majicwrench
 Spares would be nice, but really, how  much do run those lanterns....would you ever need a spare??  (like we all NEED all our lanterns) The Hunt is the fun of it, you will some if you keep looking.
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Chucker
holliswood wrote:
Are the #770 generators for the #8311/8312 Thermos lanterns officially gone? I’ve been searching the net for six months and haven’t seen any NOS or used for sale anywhere. 


Yes, they are officially gone and have been since sometime in the 70's I'd say (made of 'unobtainium" as we say). As Keith points out some have a stash. I enjoy the hunt and fettling them but really the only Thermos lanterns I expect to run in the future will by my Inverted's. Mike has had repro's of those in stock often.
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holliswood
Otto wrote:
Clayton has lots of AGM parts. I will ask him.
Can you buy a crusty lantern and get parts that way?


That would definitely be the only way to go for me as of now. There just hasn’t been any to pop up around my area. The only one I’ve found, in the wild, was fairly decent and is a excellent burner. If you get the chance to ask him, I’d appreciate it and thank you for the help. 
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holliswood
Majicwrench wrote:
 Spares would be nice, but really, how  much do run those lanterns....would you ever need a spare??  (like we all NEED all our lanterns) The Hunt is the fun of it, you will some if you keep looking.


I’d say around 4 hours a month of burn time. I’m not sure of the lifespan of the 770 generator when it comes to the fuel tip. The tech section here is awesome but I haven’t seen any information about the longevity of them. I’ll keep digging 👍🏻
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holliswood
Chucker wrote:


Yes, they are officially gone and have been since sometime in the 70's I'd say (made of 'unobtainium" as we say). As Keith points out some have a stash. I enjoy the hunt and fettling them but really the only Thermos lanterns I expect to run in the future will by my Inverted's. Mike has had repro's of those in stock often.


Thank you for your input Chuck. I enjoy the hunt as well. The Inverted’s are really nice! I’ve been keeping a eye out for them to. No luck so far on finding a invert while out of the house. 
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SteveRetherford
i might have a used one , ill have to check but i certainly have a complete lantern for sale pretty cheap ( i think ) , no glass in it . it may take a while to find where i put it .
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SteveRetherford
i found a used one but my phone got stolen last week so i dont have a camera to show you ..... ill try n get a pic later
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SteveRetherford
can you show a pic of what your looking for next to a ruler cus what i have might be a little longer than this , hard to tell . i think what your looking for is a single mantle genny ? wile i may have double mantle genny here . thats what im thinking .... i dont know thermos numbers at all !!! so i dont think i have one for ya after all . i have not ever found but one of those mini thermos lanterns . those are not very common . sorry if i got you excited :-) best if folks post a pic along with a model number as many of us dont know em by numbers . ill go put all this stuff away now :-(

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holliswood
Steve, my internet is down until at least 4pm tomorrow. The router is being tarded. I’m on cell phone data as of right now. I’ll be able to respond then. Hopefully it’s fixed by then. If we get a inch or more of rain in 24 hours it always messes something up with the internet and or cable outside. 
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Mike used to have them. They come up for sale from time to time. 
I’ve got a good used one. It comes with a lantern too.
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SteveRetherford
i dont think what i have is what your looking for . i have a job today and wont be around .

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I may have a couple NOS, but you are looking in the $30 range for one.  If that is acceptable, then I'll try to dig it up.  (I'm not 100% sure.)

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holliswood
i dont think what i have is what your looking for . i have a job today and wont be around .

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I think you’re right on that one not working. The models I have are a 8311/8312 single mantle. Sorry for the delay, they finally fixed our internet issue. Thanks for the time and effort 👍🏻
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holliswood
Zialantern and warren, I’d be in the market for at least one generator now, possibly more later on. If warren has one I’ll get it. If not, I’ll pm zialantern. 

SteveRetherford and mnhogrider, I’ll get back with you all about lanterns soon. 

Does anyone know how long these generators are supposed to last (hours) ? I might be using mine to much. 
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JimL
Hollis,

I don't know how long one should last, but if using Coleman fuel, I would think quite a long time.  Don't toss the old one.  I would think you should be able to clean/rebuild it down the road.

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holliswood
JimL wrote:
Hollis,

I don't know how long one should last, but if using Coleman fuel, I would think quite a long time.  Don't toss the old one.  I would think you should be able to clean/rebuild it down the road.
 

That’s good news! Thankfully the green 8312 is still working. The blue 8311 generator currently looks really good as I’m currently doing a basic look over before firing. My main concern was the gen tip becoming oversized. I should’ve been more descriptive on my question. Sorry about that. 
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JimL
holliswood wrote:
 
 My main concern was the gen tip becoming oversized.


It can happen and does happen, but I've no idea how many gallons it would take.  I may have run into it once before, but am not certain.  If so, it was with an old lantern with unknown hours on the generator.  

I have lanterns that only see regular gasoline.  A few of these were going nightly for 5-8 hours for a year, and I've never experienced an expanded tip.  The most I got on a generator was 9.8 gallons of RUG though a 200 before it needed to be rebuilt.  The generator gummed up so I needed to rebuild it, but never had a tip issue.

Edit:  The above being stated is not to deter you from getting spares!  As you've found out, they're no longer common so if you like to run a Thermos and can get one or more spare gens now, it would be a good idea.

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 - Pop! Goes Froggy, And Other Great Microwave Games
 - Operation and Nomenclature of the Colt 1911-A1 .45 ACP

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holliswood
JimL wrote:


It can happen and does happen, but I've no idea how many gallons it would take.  I may have run into it once before, but am not certain.  If so, it was with an old lantern with unknown hours on the generator.  

I have lanterns that only see regular gasoline.  A few of these were going nightly for 5-8 hours for a year, and I've never experienced an expanded tip.  The most I got on a generator was 9.8 gallons of RUG though a 200 before it needed to be rebuilt.  The generator gummed up so I needed to rebuild it, but never had a tip issue.

Edit:  The above being stated is not to deter you from getting spares!  As you've found out, they're no longer common so if you like to run a Thermos and can get one or more spare gens now, it would be a good idea.


No problem Jim. I didn’t take it that way. 
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