How to Fix a Coleman Lantern

How to Fix a Coleman Lantern
The name Coleman is synonymous with the outdoors for many campers, hunters and anglers. Since the company first started producing lanterns in the early 1900s, it has expanded into coolers, tents and other gear designed to make the outdoors more user friendly. Still known for lighting the way, Coleman lanterns are widely used and relied on for nighttime outdoor activities. Fixing them and making minor repairs is easy to do.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fuel
  • Mantles
  • Batteries
  • Globe
Step 1
Release any existing pressure from the fuel tank. Slowly turn the fuel filler cap to the left or counterclockwise to slowly release pressure from the tank.
Step 2
Pour out the old fuel into a proper container. Old fuel can become stale and form deposits that can damage the lantern. Fill the tank with new fuel recommended for the lantern.
Step 3
Inspect and replace old or damaged mantles in a gas lantern. Access the mantles by turning a knurled knob on top of the lantern to the left. Pull off the vent cap to access the mantles. Remove the old mantle material and the strings holding them in place.
Step 4
Attach new mantles by tying them carefully in place with the attached strings. Carefully handle the mantels as you install them, taking care to not damage or tear them. Place the vent cover back on the lantern and secure it with the knurled knob.
Step 5
Access the battery compartment of a battery-powered lantern. The compartment is typically located in the base, and may require a protective cover to be unscrewed. Remove the old batteries and replace them with new ones.
Step 6
Replace burned-out or old bulbs. Access the bulb and holder by removing the top of the lantern. The top is typically held in place with a retaining nut or knob. Remove the old bulb, install a new one and place the top back on the light.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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