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Unwashed
Hi everyone,just got a 2nd hand northstar for night fishing. Tried it out in the back yard.  It works but gives out a very loud whistle/shriek all the time it’s lit like it’s sucking air in. What do I do to stop this 
thanks in advance 
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Dubblbubbl

Ah, thats the fish whistle option, lucky guy.  


Sorry feeling a bit silly this morning.   Seriously, post the model and or pic of the lantern, I’m sure someone knows what the deal is.

Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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Unwashed
Hi thanks for getting back so quickly 
its a northstar 2000A750
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Chucker
It is usually an air flow issue over internal metal parts doing it. 

I haven't had that issue last for more than a few seconds so we'll see what others have done to solve similar issues. Other lanterns have been known to make similar noises.

And welcome to the forum!
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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Newfie
I would say it's the screen missing in yhe burner cap but a missing screen would cause it to sound really loud.
Shane Looking for the following Canadian birthday lanterns or lamps: 2-32, 6-34,
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Dubblbubbl

So I’m thinking of the usual suspects on other lanterns but I don’t own one of these so I may be off base.  Possible loose burner cap or burner tube, partially clogged airway.  Maybe it’s coming from where the gen fits up into the mixing chamber and loosening the gen nut and spinning the gen 180 or somewhere other than where it currently sits might change the gap enough to reduce or eliminate the whistle.  Can you tell if the whistle is coming from the top of the lantern around the mixing chamber or burners, or coming from the fount area?


I think I would check the burner screen, then burner and burner tube for tightness, but these may be crimp fit and not threaded like older lanterns.  Then spin the generator a bit to see if that helps. You can try these without disassembling the lantern.  If you think it’s an air tube clog then you have to take it apart to check the air tube.

oh I forgot this idea, if you’re messing around with the generator, maybe swap the gen with your other Northstar and see if the noise goes away.  Keep us up to date on your troubleshooting.

Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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zoomkat
Does the sound change if you slightly close the control valve a little?
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Wine Country Steve
Is it possible there's something stuck in the air tube throttling the flow, like an insect nest?
Steve Randall
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brucesheehe
Don't pump it up too much!

There will be no whistle if you use less pressure - mine does the same thing.
Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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rob_pontius
All of mine howl if pumped up too much. It's just a harmonic in the material and design. 
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Weirdnerd
Imagine a reed instrument, the tip cleaner vibrates in the gas tip, Mine does that when the fount pressure gets too low, 
Can't sleep, squirrels will eat me....

If you need a Sun Flame Generator Model 100-107 ( for Sunflame lanterns models 105, 106, 107 and 110) give me a PM, I have close to 80 of those, 15 bucks each.


Werner
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bluepen61
Mine whistles sometimes when it is set dimly.  It can really whistle/sing. I think it lessens after fully warming up. Other than that, I am not aware of a fix.
John L. Kemmis ICCC #703
Bernz Appreciation Club #007
I collect the Coleman 290 series
and the usual unusual ones.
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Sam McCord
brucesheehe wrote:
Don't pump it up too much!
There will be no whistle if you use less pressure - mine does the same thing.


Weirdnerd wrote:
Imagine a reed instrument, the tip cleaner vibrates in the gas tip, Mine does that when the fount pressure gets too low, 


You have to pump it juuuuust right!
Doug

Why is there never enough time to do it right but always enough time to do it over?
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Gasman64
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Unwashed
Hi everyone 
thanks for all the replies.  So many helpful people. It’s got to be one of the above. I’m back at work now so I’ve got my task for next weekend. I’ll let you know how it goes 
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Vintageish
Ladyfriend brought a propane Northstar home....
I tried to act appreciative as she meant well.. It's a bright lantern. I'll give it credit for that...

Fired it and it sure can make some strange noise!
Startled me at first.
Not sure what quieted it but thinking it was the valve position.

It honked loud one time. And squealed a couple times too.
Purty colors. Well , cept'n maybe that brown when it's on fire...
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rob_pontius
I have a few propane northstar lanterns that I keep around the house for emergencies and power outages. Lots of light and running in no time at all.
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Unwashed
Hi everyone thanks for all the tips.
northstar is now running fine,it was a case of too much pumping. I now just give it about 25/30 pumps to fire it up and then pump as and when required.No more whistling 
Thanks again 
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Dubblbubbl
No matter how much I try to avoid it, I learn something every day on this forum.  Definitely will file this away for the day I acquire a cf Northstar.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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campinut
Maybe it can't remember the words to the song so it just whistles?..🤣🤪..campinut..
Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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