First allow me to explain...
Working on a 220E lantern that was bought from a fellow member here, he said he had not tested it but that it held pressure. The lantern is in very good condition. Sure enough, lantern will not light, just blows air.
Read up on this known problem of lanterns just blowing air, etc., from what I've mostly read, it appears that the root of this problem is the F/A tube? So before I proceeded to tear it completely down I first remove and inspect the Generator and determine that the small round cardboard section is not good, looked too dark and used up so I buy a new one and first replace it to see if the lantern will fire up-no go? (A generator blowing air is clear. It does not supply fuel, so you must trace further back in the fuel path)
So I proceed to tear it completely down, start to inspect the F/A tube and to my surprise it really looks good? But still decide to clean absolutely every part just to make sure, for a fresh start.Doesn't matter how it "looks'. You need to be SURE the pick up orifice at the bottom is clean. MANUALLY clean it with a toothpick. Read below for complete instructions. Once you know how it works, There'll be no guessing.
Put everything, every small bit part, yes even took apart the F/A tube (with exception to the new Generator, but even put the old one that came with it in there) that had been taken apart in a bowl filled with White Vinegar, placed on a stove and let it boil for about an hour.Boiling or whatever won't do it. Manually clean it with something. A little crud or corrosion is all it takes to stop it functioning. This is the key area for the instant light, where the rod goes through the orifice. Making the whole assembly pretty doesn't improve it's function. Getting that orifice completely cleaned out does. That's what people mean when they say clean the F/A tube. Not cosmetically, but the rod and orifice.
Afterwards let it all cool down and everything comes out looking much better than when I first put it in. Use Steel Wool #000 and commence to polishing every bit and piece, everything comes out looking, well excellent, brand new almost! The vinegar removed all that black stuff, so I start to slowly and carefully assemble every bit, small and large piece back together, taking my sweet Texas time doing so as well as checking and making sure every part is functioning as it should as I go along.
Once everything is put back together, then comes the big moment, add fuel to the tank, start to pump, something like 50-60 pumps! Turn the 'Cleaning Needle' to 'down' then turn the "Valve" a bit more than a quarter turn, hear hissing, apply match and well nothing-just air blowing out?....again!
The 200E looks really sweet all cleaned up and all but with only one major problem, it won't light!
I started to review what I did and how I did it. Went back and checked everything that I possibly could to see if I could get it going but always the same result, just blows air.
I take it that this just might mean that I would have to replace the entire F/A tube section or ?NO> Clean as I said. Guaranteed to work.
I'd like to hear y'all's thoughts, suggestions and or opinions on what you might think I possibly did wrong or incorrectly?
Thanks in advance.