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hooverscon
Hey Guys, 

I am in the market of buying a "new" kerosene lantern for camping trips. What model does everyone prefer? I am interested in burn-time... I would like to be at the 6+ hour mark (the more the merrier). I am brand new to lanterns (Just bought a new dual fuel) but have become instantly obsessed. I am open to any and all feedback. Thanks again!

-Mike
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CaptainFantastic
Kerosene is not the easiest to deal with on camping trips, especially if all your other stuff happens to run on COleman fuel - you need to therefore pack a second fuel, and also the alcohol for a pre-heat. In cold weather you're going to have a challenge getting it going, and keeping it going. Ask Agostino (@adelcoro)...

However, having said all that, they are interesting and fun. The ritual of lighting it, and getting it right, is satisfying.

You can pretty much take your pick: 247 or 249 (CPR if you are lucky) for small and older, 201 more modern but also small - these are pretty good. 339 is also small. Then you are into the big-guns - 237 and 639 - which will run for longer given a larger fount.

I find the smaller ones run a very hot fount. Even too hot to touch sometimes. The bigger ones I like as users.

However, they are all a compromise in terms of kero burning. If you are really interested in kero then look across the pond to Europe and check out the Bialaddin's, Vapalux, Petromax (old modes, not new), and Optimus or Primus.
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hooverscon
Thanks captain! I guess I never thought about all the other variables associated with kerosene.  I was also looking at some military spec kerosene lanterns.... i assume they are in the same boat im terms of difficulty to use.
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Gunhippie
Are you sure you mean kerosene and not Camp Fuel? Camp fuel is a very pure gasoline and burns very cleanly. Kerosene tends to clog up a Coleman-style lantern generator--even those that claim to be made for kero--pretty quickly.

Your selection of camp fuel driven lanterns and stove is much greater, at least for those made in the US.

BTW: Don't fall for the "dual-fuel" claim, either. Regular gasoline--or Premium with or without ethanol--will clog you gen pretty fast, too, and the new gens used on the DF stoves and lanterns are built to discourage cleaning/repair. Stick with camp fuel--Coleman or Crown (Walmart, about 2/3 the price of Coleman) for your out door lighting and cooking. Consider Regular gas as a last-ditch measure.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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hooverscon
Well maybe I am getting confused of what I want. I can get a 1928 (november) l220 slant lanter. My dad got it for 100$. Im thinking of buying it off of him.  Whats your opinion on that model ?
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rob_pontius
My opinion of the slant is that it's a great lantern to have in your collection, but not really practical to take camping much. If you're wanting a kerosene lantern with a long run time, look into the 237 or 639. Both are very bright single mantle lanterns with large founts. The 237 is an old but bulletproof design. The 639 is still being produced. Both are great choices. The 247, 249, 201, and 214 are much harder to find for most people and all of those have smaller founts.
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tonywebber45
Just to muddy the waters further, if you want Kerosene then i would think about a nice 237,much better build than the new 639s imo,also avoid the 214 as i find them a pia and not that bright either,just my thoughts hope its of some help.
No honey its not another lamp,just parts for one I already have. ICCC #1479
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hooverscon
Okay... here's another question.  What non-kerosene lantern would you recommend??
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Gunhippie
Any of the 220/228 line made between 1930 and the early '60s--B, C, D, E and maybe F models. The 220 is the classic double-mantle lantern, the 228 the "Big Hat" version thereof. Any of the single-mantle lanterns are also great--200A, 242, etc.

I prefer older as they feel better built to me, and I'm older, too, so it's good match.

As Rob point out, the 220L slant is more of a collectors piece. They were the first attempt at an Instant-lighting lantern--one that did not require pre-heating the generator--and didn't really work out all that well, hence the short run. The 1930 220/228B was the first "modern" Instant-lighting lantern, using the same tech that was used well into the '80s. The later Easy-Lites don't much impress me--they're actually a throwback to the Slant, just a little better designed.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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hooverscon
Gunhippie,

What do you recommend me looking for? I want a reliable, old school lantern that I can take on camping trips.  Im very new to the lantern world. 
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REJ2
hooverscon wrote:
Well maybe I am getting confused of what I want. I can get a 1928 (november) l220 slant lanter. My dad got it for 100$. Im thinking of buying it off of him.  Whats your opinion on that model ?


Ive got a couple, had no idea someone would pay that much for one. One of mine is even a big hat. probably dont have $15 dollars in the both of them. If you want a camping lantern, find yourself a 220F, 1962-1972 approx. time frame. Built well, parts abundant. Ive got probably 350 lanterns or more, some inherited upon my fathers death. Cant imagine the total F's I have.  If you want one or ten for FREE, stop by, I am not a shipper. I am retired, lazy, independent, but I have a lot of chit, (F's).
Bob    ICCC #1574
Never, ever, leave behind a $5 lamp
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Gunhippie
For simplicity and ease of repair, the 200A and 242 are hard to beat. They're single-mantle lanterns, but just as bright as the doubles, meaning a pack of mantles goes twice as far. Less fuel capacity, but still easily capable of a six-hour run. A single nut takes the entire burner assembly off, and it's easy to get to.

The 220/228s are larger, with more fuel capacity, but take a little more work and at least one special tool to get apart.

Take a look for those models in the Classifies section here. I'll probably be putting some lanterns there today or the next, myself, including 220s w/cases and a nice 200A.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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hooverscon
I'm definitely interested in the 200A. Keep me posted 
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Rustytank
The current production single mantle kerosene lantern is my vote and my favorite current user. Pack a piece of tiki torch wick in the preheat cup and you can preheat with whatever fuel you're running. It's a little smoky preheating with kero or diesel so I preheat with the vent off and globe in place. Then put the vent on and light up. 
They are designed to run off Coleman fuel or kerosene but even with Coleman fuel or gas you still have to preheat. 
I have ran mine successfully on Coleman fuel, Crown fuel, ethanol free gasoline, pump kerosene, canned kerosene, low sulpher diesel, Tiki brand citronella torch fuel, and Dollar General Flame-Glo charcoal lighter fuel. 
These things are super reliable. Take damn near any fuel and are super bright. I think they're the best lantern Coleman makes today.
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Chucker
Gunhippie wrote:
For simplicity and ease of repair, the 200A and 242 are hard to beat. They're single-mantle lanterns, but just as bright as the doubles, meaning a pack of mantles goes twice as far. Less fuel capacity, but still easily capable of a six-hour run. A single nut takes the entire burner assembly off, and it's easy to get to.



^^^ This. 
Chuck
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Harlan
I would start with a 200A . It is simple , easy to work on and parts are easy to find . It is a classic . I like the red color also .
Harlan Davenport
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Hot Diggity
I enjoy reading this sort of post, but I really can't contribute anything unless the search is narrower.  I just like all of them, singles, doubles, milspecs, propane, even wickies.  

You'll have fun with any of them Mike, as long as they're running and making nice white light when you need it.
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
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JimL
If you're still considering a kerosene lantern, know that Coleman kerosene lanterns run just fine on Coleman fuel, so you have a choice between the two fuels at any time.  Because kerosene lanterns are a straight pickup, you will still need to preheat the generator.  

Coleman kerosene generators are simpler, so easier to disassemble and clean.

-Jim

Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?


There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness. - Dave Barry
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Tgarner01
You can't buy what I think of as the "ideal user lantern" so I built my own.

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Milspec fount, 242 burner, and all the spare parts and pieces are on/in the lantern. 
Toby Garner
ICCC #1939
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Willy
I never rarely see factory kerosene burners in the wild.  If you are still interested in kerosene, a relatively  inexpensive and easy option is to convert a camp fuel burning lantern into a kero burner.  Do a search on how to do so, it can be as simple as adding a preheater cup and changing the generator tip.  My favorite convert is a 290 Powerhouse, with a 639 kero generator and preheat cup from OCP.  I'm a fan of kerosene as it is available the pump very inexpensively
Willy
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major_man
Easy decision for me, older 639.

If you want an easy project convert a 335 to a 339.
William
WTB or trade for poultry or USFS.
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Gunhippie
Something to keep in mind is that, based on my experience and that of others here, the quality of kerosene seems to vary wildly depending on location in the US. Anything I buy out here seems to suck, but others get high quality right from the pump.

But, then, my kero burner is kinda big, so I go through a lot of fuel:

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I'm currently running it on half-and-half CF/Diesel because it's cheap and burns better than local kero.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Outback
Here I use kerosene burners, 249 Scout, Austramax 3/300 all the time winter and summer. When the temperature falls to about -4C the metho (alcohol) is a bit lazy to light, the suggestion of Tikki wick in the pan would be a good one to help with ignition.

No problems with keeping a kero lantern going in cold weather. Same goes for my kero stoves such as a brass Primus or a Optimus multifuel.

Don't know anything about the modern kero Colemans but they should be ok.
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Gunhippie
'Tis a sorry day. Another poor soul started down the path of ruin.

Looks like Mike will soon own a nice '74 200A.

Sorry about that. Start building shelves, Mike!
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
Walk a mile in a man's shoes before you criticize him--then you're a mile away, and he has no shoes.
Texan's last words: "Y'all--hold my beer--I wanta' try sumptin'."
Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
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Banjoman
Well mike you’ve been given great advice and info. Since ur new on the lantern field keep it simple till u gain a bit more experience then go kero krazy I love kero
Darrell
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GCinSC

Tgarner01 wrote:
You can't buy what I think of as the "ideal user lantern" so I built my own.

IMG_20200627_202622_copy_695x927.jpg 
Milspec fount, 242 burner, and all the spare parts and pieces are on/in the lantern. 


Take me to your leader, we will not harm you. 

Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0154
Mil-SpecOps #0308
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offrink
I know a lot here won’t like it but for camping around others I would have to say a propane northstar. Super bright, fairly inexpensive, 1 lb bottles can be refilled, and infinitely adjustable. Next for me would be a 242 or 286. I don’t need blindingly bright most of the time. 
Ben
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #0035
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hooverscon
Haha im afraid I've already started to build shelving to hold my next obsessions! I appreciate all the help guys.
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Petromark
Get a new Coleman 639 kerosene lantern. That way you will have all the parts and pieces that you need included with it and won't have to worry about any repairs or tracking down missing bits. After you become more familiar with lanterns and know how to fix them, you may then want to start collecting older model ones. The 639 will burn up to 6 hours and can also be run on Coleman fuel as well.

In my opinion, the 639 is the best currently mass produced pressure lantern in the world. 
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adelcoro
1AA76C00-E232-4A04-B7D2-AC201480001B.jpeg  if you want to be stuck in the dark at 3 AM surrounded by a black bears ,bring kerosene and a Coleman lantern ... and you'll be in business!!

Just kidding 

There's a reason why 99% of Coleman Lanterns were white gas models

Bring Coleman fuel and and a 335 you won't be left in the dark 😊

Unless you want to learn how to clean generators at night! 😂🎣🐺🐻🦌
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major_man
Ago, you're such a kero heater!

I'll gladly take those 427k's off your hands 😁
William
WTB or trade for poultry or USFS.
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hooverscon
haha I think ill stick to the white gas for now! I just picked up a 242B and a 228. I love these badboys!
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Dvan95
adelcoro wrote:
1AA76C00-E232-4A04-B7D2-AC201480001B.jpeg  if you want to be stuck in the dark at 3 AM surrounded by a black bears ,bring kerosene and a Coleman lantern ... and you'll be in business!!

Just kidding 

There's a reason why 99% of Coleman Lanterns were white gas models

Bring Coleman fuel and and a 335 you won't be left in the dark 😊

Unless you want to learn how to clean generators at night! 😂🎣🐺🐻🦌


Agree with you on this one! If you want a cheap and stupidly bright, reliable lantern the 335 is hands down one of the best ever made. That and the fact that they are so common at least in Canada and brighter than the 200A. They will fire the largest mantles without problem and you can very easily convert it to burn kerosene much more efficiently than a 200 by simply changing to a 339 generator and adding a preheat cup! My .2 cents 
-Dan

Coleman Quick Lite Crew #048

 Anyone have a 6/95 birthday lantern?
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