200A and 202 reproduction
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mnhogrider

Bought a Wenzel Petromax knockoff for cheap a couple weeks ago. Came with the wooden box, reflector and all the goodies. The guy who owned said his kids bought it for him as a Birthday present and he never used it. Brand new.  

Got it home, took it apart and lots of soot inside the vent and top burner, inside the fount was brown residue from dried up kerosene. Bet he tried to light it and got a good fireball and Put it back in the box. Good thing he didn’t run it as he left the rubber rings on both ends of the globe used for shipping protection.

Something was rolling around inside the fount. One half of the pump check valve unscrewed somehow. Couldn’t get the rest of the check valve out with a big screwdriver. It was stuck solid. Had to destroy it and use an easy-out. 

Got the new check valve in today’s mail so I got everything together and cleaned up. I put a dab of muffler mender paste on the ceramic burner cap threads so it doesn’t come loose, made sure the gas tip on the generator was tight. Filled it up with kerosene, pumped it up to redline on the gauge and let it sit for a couple of hours. No leaks and held pressure so I tied on a mantle and set it on fire.
It’s a cheap imitation of a real Petromax but still pretty cool to work on and get going. Burns real bright and looks nice.

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Steve
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Chucker
Looks good. 

Careful with the Wenzel's - some say you can't take your eye off one and the fit 'n finish ain't what the Pmax and Aida's are. I don't own one of these but I have also found that with a cheaper ones (I have a Sea Anchor) they loosen up and I don't run it anymore. Like the Pmax'x and Aida's too much. 
Chuck
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JimL
You got it to light.  Treasure this moment!

We all like Wenzels...when we first get them.  🙂   They're certainly pretty.  Just don't store it with pressure in the fount.  Otherwise, when the foot valve fails, you'll get a nice puddle of kero around the base of the fount.  I bought two back when they were sold new.  One to use and one to display.  The second one still lives in the box.

-Jim

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mnhogrider
Yeah, I had a Sea Anchor years ago, NIB and it ran fine but sold it. This Wenzel is about the same quality ☹️.
I’ve got a few real Petromax and some other knockoffs of different CP’s. None are stored pressurized. Relief valves all open. Learned about the dreaded kerosene puddle with the Sea Anchor. Good thing it was out in the garage and not on the kitchen table. I didn’t have it pressurized, but with the relief valve closed just enough atmospheric pressure to get kerosene dribbling out of the generator and going everywhere.
Steve
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Mack, Cat and Cadillac.
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Coldwaterpaddler
Even if he said it was new and never used but was, it still looks like new! Nice!
Stovie-Steve
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zoomkat
Another piece of "camp ground" bait. Like the old engines people bring to fairs and similar, people got to check it out. I've thought about getting a Butterfly lantern from St. Paul Mercantile "just because".
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Smudge
That's an awesome lantern. I always soft start and stop my Petromax lanterns. Although, it is cool every once in a while to start them with the blower torch. I never store any GPA appliance with tank pressure. With Petromax, like you said, just keep the relief valve slightly open.
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austin65uri
They are attractive!  I've got a Geniol  Petro made in China and it sure catches peoples attention.  Works fine, too, but a PITA to pump.  I put a schrader valve on the beast and use a bicycle pump.
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