200A and 202 reproduction
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Ramdog
Why is there no screen in the burner tip on MilSpec 252a's?
Ramdog

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curlyjoe_99
because of the leaded gasoline that they used in the MILSPECs.
it was believed that if they let the vapors pass over a screen, that the screen would get "gummed" up from the lead in the fuel.

if you are using CF or Unleaded then you could put a screen in the burner cap and quiet down a milspec. But, sometimes the lantern doesn't like that so others have used a 220 cap with screen to the same effect
Robert (AKA Curly)-- Heart-of-Texas! "Keep 'Em Working"  
MILSPEC_OPS & 275 Appreciation Syndicate Member #9999

In Search of (ISO): evidence of a 220/228 series lantern dated 2/63    

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Chucker
Yup, like Robert says a 220 or even 200a burner cap will fit and quiet it down if you want that. 
Chuck
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ibutler
You could, but in my view the roar is much of the appeal of the military lanterns. 
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Ramdog
I don't mind the roar at all.  Think it's kinda neat.  It appears that without the screen and generator arrangement, the fuel is forced to the bottom of the mantle.  This causes it to be really bright at the bottom and less so towards the top.  I thought a screen might mix the flow a little better and cause a little more even illumination.
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austin65uri
Probably won't. Mantle brightness should be pretty uniform, if everything is working correctly.  Check the archives on our site for some really good info on these exceptional lanterns!
Bill.
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Gasman64
ibutler wrote:
You could, but in my view the roar is much of the appeal of the military lanterns. 

+1
Steve
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Farmer Brown
I got a 1978 Armstrong milspec. Seeing the leaded gasoline post I remembered a question. I burn some rec 90 in my dual fuel lanterns and haven’t had a problem with the “no ethanol” and, run some CF in them as well. Has anyone here tried rec 90 or another fuel in a milspec before? So far mine only gets CF.
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Tgarner01
I got a 1978 Armstrong milspec. Seeing the leaded gasoline post I remembered a question. I burn some rec 90 in my dual fuel lanterns and haven’t had a problem with the “no ethanol” and, run some CF in them as well. Has anyone here tried rec 90 or another fuel in a milspec before? So far mine only gets CF.

Any liquid fueled lantern will burn pump gas... But keep in mind it will clog up your generator faster. Try searching threads about burning RUG. The military especially wanted a way of burning multiple fuels.
Toby Garner
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Chucker
Fuel only needs to be around 55 octane to work in Colemans.  

I suppose if you want to run 90 rec fuel, go ahead. 
Chuck
"...we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" Romans 5:3-4
Eye-SEE-C-C Member #1333 -- MilSpecOps #003
"Michigan - from the Ojibwa word “meicigama,” meaning “great water.”
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MYN
For a Milspec, I'd use any gasoline that's available from the gas pump. I'd be using regular 'leaded' if its still available.
Of course, that's just to be 'in-line' with the intended 'ruggedness' and practicality during military operations in real conflicts.
It won't be great for the generator's working life. These were meant to be replaced, not serviced or repaired. Does not sound great for me too. I have zero means (no on-line transactions or mail-orders) for getting a spare generator. I'd have to make them myself.
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JimL
I would seriously reconsider the thought of using gasoline unless you have what you consider to be enough spare generators.  I suspect they haven't been made since the 80's, but there should still be plenty to go around.  Also, the mil-spec generators are aluminum and I don't recall any topics on attempting to rebuild them. 

Coleman fuel burns very clean and is actually more volatile than gasoline because it doesn't have the additives to slow down the burn for an engine.   However, I don't know if the difference in volatility can be detected by the human eye. 

-Jim

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Farmer Brown
Oh yeah, I got plenty of generators for it. Actually I found aftermarket ones and they indeed work. Anyway I’m pretty much wondering for the science of it but, I prefer CF. Sorry for the late response I get pretty busy at times.
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Burnt digits
Could you give us a line on the aftermarket generators, having more options is always a good thing.
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JimL
Our host has them for $10, but I don't know about other sources.
https://www.oldcolemanparts.com/product.php?productid=198&cat=&page=1

-Jim

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Burnt digits
Thanks Jim I have ordered from Old Coleman Parts in the past, fine people.
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Farmer Brown
Could you give us a line on the aftermarket generators, having more options is always a good thing.
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Before i knew Old Coleman parts i found these on ebay a lot. Ill have to confirm that somebody still manufactures them but, they are very similar in size. Actually im still running one in my milspec.
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JimL
@Farmer Brown

>>they are very similar in size.

What does this mean?

-Jim

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Farmer Brown
JimL wrote:
@Farmer Brown

>>they are very similar in size.

What does this mean?
 

I had had to tweak the aftermarkets out just a little because they were a hair to small. Im looking back to when and where I got them.
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REJ2
Going from memory here but Delta Electric made a gazillion of them
Bob    ICCC #1574
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JimL
 

I had had to tweak the aftermarkets out just a little because they were a hair to small. Im looking back to when and where I got them.


I was not aware that there was more than one mil-spec generator manufacturer, just different mil-spec lantern manufacturers.  Did Coleman ever make generators for these?

-Jim

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