200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

Ridge Runner
Last summer my neighbor asked me to swing over to fix an extension cord for his generator. Now, this guy collects a little of just about everything and if he can barter something away, all the better to him. So, after fixing the cord he asks, "What do I owe you?" I tell him, "Nothing, we're all set."

Well, he insists on giving me something, so I look around and see this 228 hanging from the porch beam. OK, how about the old lantern? Sold!


It's been hanging out there in the weather for years. I figured I'd just give it a quick clean and make it a beater.

Sometime last fall I pulled it apart and dunked the fount in my molasses dip to de-rust. After pulling it out it was looking like more of a project than I wanted to deal with. At least the rust was gone and I could determine it was a 6-60 stamped on the fount bottom.


What to do...myabe I'll just use it for parts? Or a frankie? I dunno...

So it sat until last month. June 2020 it turned 60. Well, I decided to keep moving and bring this big-hat back to life. Finished stripping the paint and started cleaning the rest of the pieces.


There was a lot of pitting so I hit those spots with some filler-primer and sanded it all down again. Shot it with a few coats of Krylon Gloss Hunter Green. It's a little blue-er than the original and still shows a few pits, but close enough for guv'ment work; literally, I was on the clock when I painted it!


All the bits received a thorough cleaning. Frame and collar cleaned up well for the condition they were in. The vent is decent, but has a few good chips where the porcelain typically pops off the weld-spots. A new decal, pump leather, cap seal and valve packing from OCP also went into this rebuild.


Finally back together.


I already have another 228E so what to do with this one? Well, I decided it would be a good one to hand down to one of my boys. My oldest is still quite young but likes getting a lantern out with me for a light-up. I figure he will need a solid runner when he's older so, he gets this one.

Here he is excited to get his lantern pumped up and burning.


He gets about 15-18 pumps in then I have to take over. After burning in the mantles we have lift-off!


Now I need to find him a 200A to go with it. And a stove...and another set for his little brother. It never ends, does it!

Thanks for looking!

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

Beautiful L.J.! I can appreciate the amount of work you put into that one. Your boy will have a good lantern for another lifetime! Well done ðŸ‘
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
Great restoration, and great picture of the little man! Thanks for posting it.

"If we are to have any hope for the future, those who have lanterns must pass them on to others." - Plato
Terrific work, L.J., [Smilie5]Reminds me of my first complete restore, a late '50s 228E, but yours looks better...[Smilie2]

Nice to see your boy enjoying it, too; may he have fond memories for years in the future of this time.  I hope it lights many of his campsites.
ICCC #1012
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Very nice work! I hope my restoration turns out half as well as yours did.
Donnie B
Kelso, Washington
L.J. fantastic job as usual! The paint job looks awesome and the polished brass is sweet. My nephew is one lucky kid, he's going to love it on your next camp out. Wow what a difference👍.   

P.S. It doesn't hurt to get paid and restore a lantern ðŸ˜‚ 
Looking for Bday lanterns, 10/83, 11/84 and 10/2011.
Milspec Syndicate member #1020 
Nice work bringing that one back for your son to enjoy.  I wonder if your neighbor would recognize the lantern!
Well done. 
Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
That's a way better outcome than using it for parts.  Good decision and congrats to your son on a cool lantern to care for.
Ridge Runner
Thanks a lot fellas! I appreciate the comments.

I'm glad it went back together, too; I just couldn't bring myself to part out a perfectly good and complete big-hat E. I didn't really need the parts either, and I'm sure others will come along that will make good Frankies!

My neighbor was very surprised to see it all turned around. I'm waiting for him to tell me that he wants it back!

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

L.J., amazing transformation... all that shiny brass is blinding.
Boy, I say boy... you're about to exceed the limitations of my medication.
- Foggy
Nice restoration L.J., and I know you enjoyed the time with your son lighting it up!

Now that both my sons are grown, I'm regularly reminded by them of the little "project time" sessions we spent together.  At the time I thought I was just including them in my daily chores and activities....but now I realize it was all good time connecting and making memories for the future.
Cliff Ward
Cary, North Carolina
ICCC #1955
Wanted: USFS lanterns with embossed fount...complete lantern or just the fount.
Nice Save!  Looks great!
Roy, Let There Be Light! Looking for a 9-70 b-day Lantern!
Ridge Runner
Gary, Roy; thanks for checking it out!

There certainly is no shortage of good heavy brass on these E’s. I’m amazed how heavy the burner assemblies are compared to some of the others. These were really built to last.

Hi Cliff! Thank you, and welcome to the CCF! I try to let the little guy help out whenever I can; so long as he stays safe. I really enjoy watching him learn new things. He’s picking up on everything so quickly at his age, like a little sponge taking it all in  🙂

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

That is so cool LJ. And seeing your little guy showing a big interest. Priceless. Nice restoration!!
Dave                                                       BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #1957
You know that's a big Lantern for such a little guy. you should get him a little Lantern like a 200a!! And it looks very nice.
Owner of Copper State Diesel And Automotive. See my facebook page.

Lanterns are like tools. 
You can not have too many unless your wife says so!!

Gas is what you use for washing parts diesel is for making power!

Coleman blues 243 #147
Coleman 275 appreciation #74
Milspec syndicate #39

Looking for any lanterns or stoves dated 5/63 or 1/72
fuel brained
Beautiful restore and bright brass and I know bright brass. Might as well also get Him a Peak 1 lantern and stove for backpacking
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It. Desert Rat Division
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
Ridge Runner
Lol, yea it’s a biggun for such a little guy! He’ll grow into it though  🙂

Now you guys have got me thinking...all these future purchases I make can carry the excuse “It’s OK sweetie, these are for the boys...”  😉

— L.J.
Looking for 10/2015 & 1/2020 B-Day Lanterns
I love the smell of naphtha in the morning!
"Ain’t no need to watch where I’m goin’; just need to know where I’ve been" -Tow Mater

Bumpkin 95
Nice job on that. The effort definitely shows. I am sure your son will value they lantern when he gets older as well.
  • Lee
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