200A and 202 reproduction
frames back
in stock.

bklock
This is the first lantern I've acquired with this sort of generator and I'm not sure what to call it, so I'll include a photo so you know what I'm talking about.  It's a Unimet, but seems to be an AGM clone.  Am I correct on that?

Anyway, it runs like a champ.  I tore it apart completely and cleaned everything.  Despite running extremely well, I'm wondering if there's a trick to lighting these so they don't flare up and get soot everywhere.  It starts out okay, then as it gets brighter it alternates between a nicely burning mantle and a big flare that sends up a cloud of soot.  It takes several minutes to settle down and burn nicely.  I've tried fewer pumps and more pumps.  It doesn't seem to make a difference.  Initially I put on a mid-size mantle and that was clearly too small.  It didn't burn well and it took *forever* for the generator to heat up.  It's now got a 500cp Petromax on it at present and that seems to help.  Is the flaring just life with one of these since the generator is mostly below the mantle?  Or is there a trick to it?  Since the bail is attached with threaded pins, it's a pain to remove and reinstall the vent and bail every time just to keep them clean.

Thanks.
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Bill

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Chucker
These naturally flare at start up. You can pre-heat the gen with a BBQ lighter or small torch if you'd like. I don't mind the drama. Pull the vent and globe off to minimize sooting there. 

You might want to use an elongated mantle like the Peerless 24a as it's heat reaches further down the gen than a 'round' mantle. 
Chuck
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bklock
I've only got one Peerless 24A left right now and didn't want to waste it.  I'll try that if and when the current mantle needs to be replaced.  When I first tested the lantern, I tied on a cheap Butterfly, which is about the same size and shape.  It reached down to the bottom of the mixing chamber.  I'm not sure a 24A would reach much further down.  The Petromax sits alongside the top 1/2" or so, below the mixing chamber.  I wonder what the engineers were thinking when they came up with this design.  It doesn't make much sense to have a generator that sits mostly well below the mantle.
Bill

"No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a basket...especially if it's gas-powered."

Looking for birthday lanterns: 3/72 and 3/74
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Chucker
Bill, I can't say exactly what was on the minds of the AGM/Kamplite engineers (since that is who UNIMET copied) but one thing makes sense; they wanted these to run "any gasoline" including leaded gas. So, make it fatter/wider to run longer before the tetra-ethyl lead plugged it up. Shorter was probably just a cost saving measure. 
Chuck
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campinut
If you can't install a BBQ lighter through the lighting hole in the frame? Install a pre-heater cup and pre-heat that way...campinut...
Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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bklock
A flexible lighter might reach the generator.  The two lighting holes (in the collar and base plate) are already tight for a lighter and point towards the mantle, not the generator.  A preheat cup would defeat the purpose.  You'd be back to taking the vent and bail off to fill it, which is what I'm trying to avoid in the first place.  Thanks for the advice, guys.
Bill

"No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a basket...especially if it's gas-powered."

Looking for birthday lanterns: 3/72 and 3/74
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Rhubarb
These types of lanterns are dramatic on startup, to say the least. I've found that I can limit flames and soot by just cracking open the valve, and working the cleaning needle up and down to control the flares. I've also found that limiting air leaks from the odd air intake tube is important in how these lanterns run.

I recommend a Peerless 24-A mantle, they have that longer tube sock shape. The Petromax are good mantles but tend to shrink up into a very bulbous shape. Here are a couple photos of a 24-A installed on my  Model GL-1. It always appears to me that the flame is being projected all the way to the bottom.
24-A Unimet 2.jpg  24-A Unimet 1.jpg 



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campinut
You can make small tube bottles that can fill a pre-heater cup without removing the vent, Just so you know...campinut...
Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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bklock
Indeed.  I've got a couple of them.  At first, I didn't think they'd be able to reach a preheating cup because of the angle, but--as it turns out--they just manage to make it.
Bill

"No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a basket...especially if it's gas-powered."

Looking for birthday lanterns: 3/72 and 3/74
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campinut
You can make a small tube bottle that can fill a pre-heater cup without removing the vent. Just so you know...campinut...
Like a moth at night, I am attracted to the light!..7/7/1964...Russ, from Missouri..
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