200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

wpavlis
Hello, i have been lurking on this forum but rarely post.  I stumbled across a deal i couldn't pass up and now am the owner of a new to me 426c.  It is my first attempt at a stove an thankfully is in really great shape.  So far i stripped it completely down and cleaned all the grease out of the case and burners.  I have now turned my attention to the tank and valve.  The fuel/air tube seems loose.  I can twist it ever so slightly back and forth in the nut that holds it to the valve.  Even when tight.  Is this normal?  It looks like i can order a replacement.  Should i just bite the bullet and do so?  Thanks!
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HercL4D2
The fuel-air tube is generally loose because it is recessed into the nut and crimped in place. You should be able to spin it. There is a second tube inside you can not see that is attached in the nut that will not wiggle or move. Inside this is where the needle for fuel flow is inserted. The needle is installed with a spring under the upper head of the needle, the head of this needle it lowered or raised inside the fuel-air tube as the valve is opened or closed. 
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wpavlis
Thanks!  Sounds like it should be good then.  I have only worked on lanterns up this point and never noticed it before.   Thanks 
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wpavlis
Here is a before picture if anyone is interested.  Thanks again for the help.  I will be sure to post in the before/after thread when I am done fixing it up. 


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REJ2
HercL4D2 wrote:
The fuel-air tube is generally loose because it is recessed into the nut and crimped in place. You should be able to spin it. There is a second tube inside you can not see that is attached in the nut that will not wiggle or move. Inside this is where the needle for fuel flow is inserted.   

 [ The needle is installed with a spring under the upper head of the needle, the head of this needle it lowered or raised inside the fuel-air tube as the valve is opened or closed.]


The above description is part of the "instant lite" operation of many lanterns, not this 426C stove. The fuel air rod (needle) is operated within the fuel air tube via the brass 90 degree lever to the left of the fuel valve knob.

Here is a good read and description, explains the whole process in good detail
https://www.colemancollectorsforum.com/post/the-operation-of-the-fuelair-tube-and-instant-lighting-5808151?pid=1273188634&highlight=instant+lite+stove+operation
Bob    ICCC #1574
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