How to Fix Coleman Lanterns

How to Fix Coleman Lanterns
Coleman lanterns burn white gas as fuel and produce light from two vertically hanging mantles. The two lantern mantles are made of a special shiny white cloth. When first ignited, the mantles burn with big yellow flames. The yellow flames eventually reduce the mantles to ash, but the mantle remains hanging in place. When pressurized gas from the lantern tank is forced into the mantle and burned, the mantle glows a brilliant white. Damaged mantles are the most common problem when the lantern no longer glows brightly. Fortunately, the repair of a Coleman lantern mantle takes just a few minutes.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Two lantern mantles White gas Match
  • Two lantern mantles
  • White gas
  • Match
Step 1
Release the pressure from the gas tank of the Coleman lantern. Unscrew the cap on the tank slowly, turning it in a counter-clockwise direction, and allow the pressure to escape. Once the pressure is released, tightly screw the cap back onto the gas tank. Wipe away any gas that may have spilled. Allow the gas tank to dry completely.
Step 2
Unscrew the knurled nut on top of the lantern that secures the metal cap and glass cylindrical body that surrounds the mantles. Remove the nut and set it aside. Remove and set aside the cap and cylinder.
Step 3
Remove all of the old mantle material. As a safety measure, remove any dead bugs, ash, or old matches found within the lantern, reducing the risk of fire.
Step 4
Install the new mantles. Take a mantle and slip the metal gas downspout on the lantern into the mantle. Align the mantle so the string on the open end, which is used to tie the mantle in place, is just above the end of the metal downspout. You want as much mantle hanging below the metal downspout as possible for maximum light. Tie the mantle in place using the string. Install the second mantle in the same manner.
Step 5
Place the cylindrical glass lantern body and metal cap back on the lantern. in clockwise turns, screw the top nut to secure both. Unscrew the gas tank pump, pressurize the tank and screw tight again. Light a match, turn on the gas and ignite the mantles using the access holes around the bottom edge of the glass. Let the mantles burn until the big yellow flames dissipate and the mantles burning in a brilliant white light.

Tips & Warnings

 
Handle Coleman lanterns gently to avoid damaging the mantles once they are burned. Always bring a spare set of mantles in case the first set is damaged. Replace mantles even with slightest bit of damage. Fully intact mantles with no crack and missing pieces burn the brightest and produce the most light.
 
Handle Coleman lanterns gently to avoid damaging the mantles once they are burned. Always bring a spare set of mantles in case the first set is damaged.
 
Replace mantles even with slightest bit of damage. Fully intact mantles with no crack and missing pieces burn the brightest and produce the most light.
 
Never attempt to repair a Coleman lantern without releasing all the pressure in the gas tank and making sure the gas is turned off. Never unscrew the gas tank cap near open flames as white gas is extremely combustible.
 
Never attempt to repair a Coleman lantern without releasing all the pressure in the gas tank and making sure the gas is turned off.
 
Never unscrew the gas tank cap near open flames as white gas is extremely combustible.

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