200A and 202 reproduction
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Sixslinger

Hello all!
Another newbie question, please.
I spent hours reading all kinds of amazing posts and tutorials first, but finally realized I could spend weeks reading what experience could inform me about in minutes.
(I did find a tutorial on starting up a vintage two burner box stove, but couldn’t find one on a single burner like mine.)
 I have a Coleman Speedster 500 (1947) on the way that was “tested” which hopefully implies functioning properly without leaks, but who ever really knows until they try?
 I have enjoyed using Colman stoves and lanterns for decades, but zero experience in dealing with the old and possibly compromised gear.


My question:
Imagine that YOU are receiving this 70+ years old device; please walk me through every basic step I can/should do before lighting up this antique stove.

(Keep in mind I have limited mechanical skills and very basic tools, please.)
Finally I’ll say that I am fascinated and impressed with the world of information and skills represented here. Thanks!

Dan Lewis
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Sixslinger
Speed Master is the correct Model name:
 I reall DO need help! 🤡
Dan Lewis
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Tigerfans2
oil the pump leather
Replace the cap gasket
Fill with fuel
Using the instructions light it off


Giggle
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GCinSC

Outside. 

 

Gary, self acclaimed Cast Iron Camp Cook & Tinkerer.
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BSAGuy
I'd only fill tank 1/2 - 3/4 full.  It doesn't need to be brimming and you want room for some air to pressurize.   Pre-heat the generator with one of those long-neck butane lighters before you light the stove.  That will help with ignition. 
- Courtenay
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VincentMechanic31

Check charge in fire extinguishers. 

Then as said above. 


Also, welcome aboard, Dan. (How rude of me.)

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- VincentMechanic31 (Vince) 
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stoves1234
And, make sure  the lighting lever is on "Light". Hopefully after you pump up the fount and open the valve you'll hear air hissing and then fuel sputtering. If not, this is the place to come for help.
Jim Brizzolara
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Smudge
Greetings and welcome!
Also, inspect the fuel tank for leaks before lighting. I keep a wet bath towel close by, just in case. A five gallon nylon bucket makes a good snuffer in case of fire too. Just place the bucket over the stove (on a solid surface) .You'd think the bucket would melt, but it's surprising just how fast the fire consumes the oxygen and dies out under a closed bucket.
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Majicwrench
Order a new cap gasket from our host Old Coleman Parts (banner is on top of page). They all need a new cap gasket. Might as well order a bunch of em, they are cheap, you will need more  🙂

Move lever to Light position, pump it up and light it!! Outside. My 500s are good lighter, no need to preheat generator, though no harm if you do. Leave lever in "light" position for a good minute, give it a few more pumps, take pictures for us.

Welcome to the insanity. Build shelves.
Keith
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Hot Diggity
Yup, Smudge knows how fast the demons can get loose.  My first thoughts were metal waste basket and wet bath towel.  Just in case.
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Flyboyfwa
Yep. replace cap gasket, oil pump, dunk test, make sure everything functions as it should and above all light outside with preferably a fire extingusher at the ready.

Oh, and post pics of what you have.
Andy
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Sixslinger
Dunk test? Is that submerging the tank in water to check for possible leaks?
 Thanks!
Dan Lewis
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Flyboyfwa
Yes. If you look on YouTube there is a video made by one of our members that explains it. Look for LanternLab.
Andy
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275 Appreciation Syndicate #1970
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Sixslinger
Will do, right now.
 Thanks!
Dan Lewis
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Gunhippie
Open a barley pop of your choice. You've earned it, you know, and it makes for a great CO2 foam extinguisher in case things go south! Place thumb over opening, shake vigorously and aim foam at base of flames. The open another to calm your nerves.
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Majicwrench
I'm not a fan of dunk tests. Now you have water in you fuel pump tube.

Pump it up, sit it somewhere for a few minutes.
And/or use a spray bottle with soapy water.....my fav tool BTW
Keith
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outlawmws
Light a match!

Oh, you mean to the stove!  The guys got you covered !  ðŸ˜œ

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Sixslinger
“Spray bottle of soapy water” sounds like a good substitute; thanks!
Dan Lewis
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Chucker
Like Keith, I almost never do a dunk test. Simple observation and listening will find 95% of leaks and a lighter or match will find the rest. 

If you want to test whether or not an NRV in a pump tube is leaking just pour some alcohol in there and watch for bubbles. Dump it out - it dries up quickly. 
Chuck
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outlawmws
Chuck,  I like the fingertip cut off a latex glove and stretched over the pump knob Idea mentioned not long ago.  No mess at all!

If it inflates, its leaking!
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“A Human Being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, give orders, take orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook  a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.  Specialization is for insects.”            - Lazarus Long


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CaptainFantastic
The final steps are to put the cast iron skillet on top, fill with bacon, cook bacon, place bacon between slices of bread, eat. That's the best bit.

Welcome, and enjoy your stove. Use it often!
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