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Mresteban
Picked up a 242 with the stencil painting on the bottom. Cleaned completely, including cleaning all air intake tubes and burner assembly. Still will burn more of a golden than a white. Burns white on start up, but once fully open, no dice. I’m thinking I’ve run out of options, though I do kind of like the softer glow of the lantern. Will it have any long term detriment for it to burn as such?
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Ridge Runner
You might be losing some air pressure while the lantern is running.

If you pump it up more when the light begins to turn “golden” does it get whiter again?

Did you do anything else to the lantern like change the fuel cap seal, remove and disassemble the valve assembly?

Also, something a simple as forgetting to tighten the pump knob after pumping can cause air to leak out of the fount. 

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Hot Diggity
I get frustrated with this on older lanterns.  Two things that cause the beautiful flare on start-up and the the dull glow.  Lack of fuel or lack of air.

Not questioning your inspection, but let me tell you how mine evolved and see if it matches yours.

I thought I was pretty thorough on my tube cleaning.  I mean nothing can withstand 150PSI of compressed air, right?  Wrong!  I was amazed at the bug nests and spider webs that didn't move at all with this kind of pressure.  Now I do a complete disassembly and run a rotating cable with a frizzed
end up and down all the tubes and visually inspect them with bright light.  Now I know there are no air problems.  I usually replace burner screens while I've got everything apart.

While the burner is off I install the generator, take everything outside and pump the normal pressure into the fount.  Pricker down, open valve.  Should have a steady needle thin stream of fuel from the jet.  No fuel?  Maybe your generator or eccentric are assembled incorrectly.  This test will find the upside down R55's too.  If fuel dribbles out, that would explain the hot start and dull finish.  If it changes when you shake the fount it could be a pick-up issue.  Do you get a steady flow from the valve with the generator removed? 

Once you have a steady stream of fuel and a clear path for the air you should be in business.

Let us know what you find.
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Hot Diggity
A 242 running right should have a pretty good growl, and make intense white light with the right mantle.
 
Chuck, 3/61, ICCC 1689
Milspec Syndicate #510
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #0510
Coleman Quick Lite Crew #12
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #510
Coleman Slant Saver #510
Frank Appreciation Syndicate Member #2
Tinker, Toy maker, Trash picker, Wickie, Lamp loon
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Encee

I have one that I suspect leaks ever so slightly through the valve messing up the fuel to air ratio. You can try to tighten the valve packing nut or replace the packing. Some of my 242s do fine with the newer off the shelf big box mantles, but other ones.. not so much. 


I let mine run for a long while to get real hot. Then pump them with 10 more pumps and that helps get them nice and bright. 


The 242s are solid, but being from another era they have all had time to mature and develop a ‘strong’ personality. Anyhow, a low glow couldn’t be bad for anything other than the generator.. even then.. I bet it will keep burning for a long time.

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Mresteban
Upon further inspection, a hole seems to have developed in the burner cap since cleaning originally.  It will be replaced with a new one and I will report back!
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Mresteban
Burner cap replaced. Huge flames. I’m now resigned to the fact that I did not clean well enough and will tear down and finally get some frayed cords. I have a box full of cords at home, though I’m sure I will eventually need them, even though I no longer own a Nokia phone.
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N5XL
Mresteban wrote:
Burner cap replaced. Huge flames. I’m now resigned to the fact that I did not clean well enough and will tear down and finally get some frayed cords. I have a box full of cords at home, though I’m sure I will eventually need them, even though I no longer own a Nokia phone.
 

I understand.  I keep a box or two of just such chargers and cords and cables.  The wife calls it my snake box because of all of the coiled up wire of different sizes inside.
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