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Need to clean a 220J fount .  Tank is steel and rusty, I’ve washed and repeated with fuel and ball bearing’s , filtered about a 1/8th +/- teaspoon of rust flakes . Tank is still brown. Is it time to junk it ?
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Soak some vinegar inside overnight. Then pour it out and replace with some camp fuel and steel bb’s shake vigorously for a while and look inside.
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JimL
Coleman fuel can prevent rust, but won't remove it.  If you want it to go fairly quickly, get some citric acid (canning section of Walmart) or even lemonade Kool-Aid.  Heat up the mixture and fill the fount.  Vinegar will work just fine too, but I personally hate the stench when it permeates everything indoors. 

I don't know what year Coleman started using fount liners, but early ones were brown and looked like rust.  Just an FYI.

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zoomkat
"Is it time to junk it ?"

No reason to unless the rust has weakened the tank bottom. You've probably already done what needs to be done by generally cleaning the tank. Rust itself is heavy and sits on the bottom of the tank, so generally won't make its way into the fuel supply system. Keep fuel in the tank to protect the tank bottom.l
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bg3840
Went the vinegar route got lots of brown stuff,rinsed with gas and run it through a coffee filter came out clean. Replaced generator it was bent. Pulled pump and check valve freed it up , it looks like it has a place for a ‘o-ring’ but I didn’t see one. Reassemble ,pumped 20 times. Opened air valve heard air, no fuel sputter. generator needle down. Pumped 40 times no flame. Yes I am using a lighter🙂  I do have a new check valve and a clean fount.  What else to do?
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zoomkat
Opened air valve heard air, no fuel sputter. generator needle down. Pumped 40 times no flame. Yes I am using a lighter🙂  I do have a new check valve and a clean fount.  What else to do?

Did you fill the tank up before the startup? Low tank level can make them a little harder to light. Did you happen to take the fuel/air assembly inside the tank apart?
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bg3840
Tank is about Half full , will top .   Never touched fuel/air valve.
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Ridge Runner

About how long are you waiting before expecting to get fuel flow?

With the lantern pumped up, can you get fuel sputtering if you open the fuel valve all the way?

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JimL
First, know that after a fettle and no fuel in the fount for some length of time, it will take a while longer for fuel to make it up to and through the generator.
After waiting 30 seconds to a minute and no fuel coming out, do as RR stated and open the valve fully.  This will send straight fuel through the lantern instead of mixing air with the fuel.  If you get no misting through the generator at 1/4 turn and fuel flow at full open, then the F/A tube needs cleaning. Of course the test for fuel through the generator assumes you removed the cage and put the generator back in place.   Note that if you do get straight fuel going through, you'll want to leave it a while for that excess fuel to evaporate.  Otherwise, you can expect a ball of flame if lighting the raw fuel.

>>Replaced generator it was bent.

Some lanterns do this and it will not affect performance.   The lantern will not care about a bent generator, so save that bent one for a spare. 

-Jim

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Banjoman
With the bent gen I roll them in between to hard flat metal plates works well just make sure the flange is over the edge so it doesn’t get damaged
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