How to Care for a Camping Lantern

How to Care for a Camping LanternTaking proper care of a camping lantern is very simple. In most cases you can get away with just wiping it down and putting it away. There are a few special steps you can take, however, to ensure that your camping lantern is always ready to go when you need it. The procedure is essentially the same, no matter whether you have a propane-fueled camp lantern, a gas fuel lantern or a battery-powered LED lantern.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • Soft bottle brush
  • Small wire bottle brush
  • Airtight plastic bag
  • Tape
 
Step 1
Disconnect the fuel canister from your camping lantern before cleaning or storing.
Step 2
Mix a generous squirt of mild soap (liquid dishwashing detergent works just fine) with warm water, and use this to wipe down the outside of the lantern, including the globe. Rinse and wipe dry.
Step 3
Open the lantern and shake out any solid debris such as leaves or dead bugs that may have fallen into the burner area. Use a dry soft bottle brush to fish out anything that doesn't fall out easily, and spot-wipe as necessary with a rag dipped in warm soapy water. Make sure not to flood the burner area with water.
Step 4
Inspect the mantles for damage, cracking or other flaws. Replace them if they appear to be damaged. On most lanterns the old mantles will slip off easily and the new ones simply clip into place. If the mantles are not damaged, just wipe them down with warm soapy water and wipe dry.
Step 5
Disconnect and wipe down the valve where the lantern connects to the propane canister. Wipe it dry.
Step 6
Use a small wire bottle brush to clean out the tubes of your camping lantern. Rinse and let the tubes air dry before reconnecting them. This should always be done at the end of the season and at other times if necessary, especially if your lantern shows a weak flame or other signs of clogging.
Step 7
Reassemble your lantern--including replacing the cover--and wrap it in an airtight plastic bag. Twist the top of the bag shut, fold it over itself and seal it with tape to keep pests and debris out. Your camping lantern is now ready for storage.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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