How to Install a Single Mantle Coleman Propane Lantern

Single Mantle Coleman Propane LanternColeman lanterns burn propane fuel through a cloth mantle treated with metallic compounds that burn brightly when ignited. Though durable under normal use, Coleman lantern mantles will need to be replaced occasionally. Lanterns for camping and emergency use will often see hard duty, and mantles will break if treated roughly. The good news is that replacement is quick and easy.


Difficulty: Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Matches or long-neck butane lighter
Step 1
Remove the mantle from its packaging. Read the instructions and warnings on the mantle packaging and follow all guidelines.
Step 2
Gently remove all traces of the old mantle, being careful not to breath or ingest the dust of the mantle. Wash your hands after disposing of the pieces of the old mantle.
Step 3
Tie or clip the mantle to the gas tube, being sure to cover the gas holes with the mantle.
Step 4
Burn the cloth mantle using a match or long-neck lighter: Hold the flame under the mantle until the mantle begins to burn. Do not turn on the gas at this stage: It may break the mantle. Allow the flame to burn out. When the cloth fibers have burned away, what remains is a layer of ash bonded together with metals that will burn bright when the ignited gas passes through it.
Step 5
Turn on the gas according to the directions for your lantern, and light the mantle with a match again (even if you have a push-button electronic ignition; using a button igniter at this stage may cause the mantle to rupture). Let the gas burn for 5 minutes or so to burn away the remaining cloth.
Step 6
After the mantle has been fully prepared, light the lantern, according to the instructions.

Tips & Warnings

Install and prepare your mantle at home and during the day when possible.
Protect your lantern from severe bumps to ensure long life for your mantle.
Cool the lantern off when you're finished using it and before putting it away.
Be very careful when handling propane fuel.
Be sure that the fuel-flow valve is fully closed when you are done.
Light your lantern in a well ventilated area.

Article Written By David Maddalena

David Maddalena has been writing since 1986. He writes for the website (low) tech writer, and his work has appeared in "American Surveyor." Maddalena holds a Master of Arts degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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