200A and 202 reproduction
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SweetD
Hi Folks and Greetings from Rainy RI,

I had my b-day 335 lit last night for about 15 minutes, burning brightly as usual, when POP! I had major flames coming out of the the pricker rod cleaning lever!  Thank God I was right there and turned the lantern off quickly.

I now notice that the cleaning lever is spinning with no resistance.  The retaining nut is tight.  I'm guessing the packing went?

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The guy I got the lantern from told  me he had replaced the packing, but I'm not sure if it was the main valve, the pricker lever, or both.  This was well over a year ago.

I'm guessing my best bet is to tear it down and take a look...anything special I need to know?  I have done main valve packing before on a 220E, but that's it.

Thanks,
Dave
Here Comes Sunshine
My name is Dave, and I'm in Rhode Island.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0207
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SweetD
OK, I've tightened and adjusted the cleaning lever nut, and it seems to now be not leaking.  I'm throwing a new mantle on (old one  blew out) and giving it a test.  I don't see how to get the cleaning lever out to get at the packing anyway...

Thanks,
Dave
Here Comes Sunshine
My name is Dave, and I'm in Rhode Island.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0207
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Gunhippie
That does not look good, Dave. Don't run that lantern inside until you know for sure what happened and that you have definitely fixed it!

Blowing out the cleaner lever packing and mantle in one pop is not something I've seen or heard of before. In fact, blowing out the cleaner lever packing isn't something I've heard of ever. I've had many that start leaking slowly, but never a blow-out. I wonder if the PO used something other than graphite packing that couldn't handle the heat?

I've had a 237 blow the screen out of the burner, taking the bottom of the mantle with it, which made a pretty good POP. Which reminds me, I need to order a new burner cap for it.

Were you running the lantern with the cleaner lever up?
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SweetD
I've been running the lantern now for an hour or so after loosening, inspecting, and re-tightening the cleaning lever nut to snug it up better with the packing.  It's running fine and no leaks.  I'm running a Petromax 500cp on it.  Timm, I had the cleaning lever in the run (down) position when it blew out.  I never run in any other position than down.

I'm keeping my eye on it for sure.

Thanks,
Dave
Here Comes Sunshine
My name is Dave, and I'm in Rhode Island.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0207
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Gunhippie
Just worried about you, friend. A strange failure mode, for sure.
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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austin65uri
You really should be getting your boat ready, instead of goofing off with a lantern!
Bill.
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SweetD
Ended up running that lantern for several hours last night, testing the cleaning lever, etc.  Seems fine...I'll keep an eye on it for sure.  I appreciate the concern Timm!

Bill - this darned rain is cramping my boat prep efforts.  Still need to paint the bottom and get her running in the driveway before slipping!

Dave
Here Comes Sunshine
My name is Dave, and I'm in Rhode Island.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0207
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Eel
So what happened to you is an accidental fuel-air explosion (FAE) similar to a intentional weapons explosion.  The pricker packing was leaking, the ltn was hot, the fuel leaking from the pricker vaporized and rose through the collar into the globe-enclosed space, adding fuel to the air where fuel shouldn't be.  When the fuel-air mixture reached the proper richness, it exploded - simultaneously wasting the mantle and conveying fire to the pricker lever in one BOOM.  Fortunate that the event didn't make shards of the globe!
Do keep an eye, but you've dealt with the source of the problem by tightening the pricker lever nut - which you should, in quotes, ordinarily never need to do.

EEL Eclectic Lanterns, div.  Doofenshmirtz-EEL Incorporated.

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SweetD
Thanks for the explanation Eel, makes a lot of sense!

Dave
Here Comes Sunshine
My name is Dave, and I'm in Rhode Island.
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate member #0207
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