200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

allthumbs
I have lurked around for a while now but seldom post and haven't tried to work on anything as it seems a bit overwhelming to me but it's time to do a little something. I picked up a couple of lanterns a few years ago. A Powerhouse and a Duel Fuel. When we got home the Powerhouse fell out of the back of my wifes' van onto the ground. Luckily both of these came with plastic carrying cases and nothing got banged up. However when I did a test light the Powerhouse was extremely hard to light and has an inconsistent glow. I assume there is a fuel delivery problem or maybe a pressure problem. Where do I start first? Thanks. I enjoy reading about and seeing all of your finds and fixes and some day I may to actually fettle something.
Laddle
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Dubblbubbl

Assuming you’re using new mantles and fresh camp fuel, pull the generator and clean it or replace it and see if that helps.  

 

Rob in NC
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Smudge
Greetings and welcome. With older lanterns, the first place to start is the fuel tank cap gasket. The rubber on those becomes hard and brittle with age.
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Chucker

I agree with above advice!



Chuck
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" However when I did a test light the Powerhouse was extremely hard to light and has an inconsistent glow. I assume there is a fuel delivery problem or maybe a pressure problem. Where do I start first?"

Beware of taking your lantern apart before thoroughly trouble shooting the issues. To simply check for a pressure leak, fill the tank with fuel, pump it up good and tight, then wait an hour and recheck the pressure by pumping it again. You should be able to feel if the tank has lost pressure. If it has lost pressure, check the fuel cap for leakage. Assuming the powerhouse is the modern "adjustable type", be sure you start with a full fuel tank and follow its lighting instructions, aka, control valve full open. If it performs poorly after lighting, try cycling the control valve quickly full closed and back open. This will cycle the pricker in the generator orifice to clear out any blockage. Pulsing behavior is usually due to low pressure. If you pump the tank back up and it gets bright and steady again, then you go back to checking the fuel cap and similar for an air leak.  
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Dubblbubbl
Yeah agree with these guys, I was assuming you had good pressure.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

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Smudge
Dubblbubbl wrote:

Assuming you’re using new mantles and fresh camp fuel, pull the generator and clean it or replace it and see if that helps.  

 


If that powerhouse is the dual fuel type, and the previous owner used regular unleaded gasoline, you may have to replace or clean the generator in addition the above advice.
"If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts,
also happens to the man. Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the sons of the Earth.” - Chief Seattle

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allthumbs
Thanks everyone. It is a modern one. I'll try the above suggestions and see what happens.
Laddle
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