All went well, that is until I washed the globe! It simply disintegrated in my hands as I washed it! I must be a clumsy sod! Anyway I ordered a new one on eBay (£10.00), bought some fresh unleaded petrol, attached the mantles, fitted the globe (carefully) and we were ready to go.
The lantern was last lit about 10 years ago. I still had the original fuel filter/funnel that prevents overfill during refuelling and filters fuel if necessary. We were ready to fire her up!
Lighting is very easy but it is safer to stick to some basic rules:
1. Undo the pump valve about one turn.
2. Pump 20 times or until you can feel the pressure within the tank. Remember to keep your thumb over the valve hole!
3. Insert your lighter/match up inside the globe FIRST and then open the Fuel valve to HIGH. You will hear fuel vapour pour into the globe. Soon the lantern will light. You can occasionally see flames but they soon calm down and if you follow this procedure it is unlikely.
4. Once the lantern has run for a short time you will have a very bright light!
During use the lantern becomes very hot indeed so never refuel or unscrew the filter screw on top of the lantern until it has cooled down. Painful!
So, the 21 year old lantern lit easily, burnt steadily & consistently & wow the heat it gives off was very noticeable. In fact I put the lantern into my unheated office which was 12.5c and within one hour had risen over 5 deg!
Maintenance is easy. Replace broken mantles, oil the pump and pump cup and clean the globe (carefully); that`s basically it. If you store it for a while drain all the fuel.
Spares are readily obtainable here in the UK; New Pumps, Globes, Generators & Mantles. Replacing them all is easy.
Coleman make an excellent plastic carrying case but it is not available in the UK. Nearest source I have found is Germany.
However I have found an English firm that make very good carrying/storage cases and I will be buying one.
This is an excellent lantern providing light and some heat and one that I will be taking with me during our year off the grid.
Interestingly when this lantern was made, 1992, unleaded petrol was only 45p a litre giving about 100 hours of operating for £5.00. In 2013, at £132.9 a litre, the costs have trebled!
For more details on maintaining Coleman lanterns this site is an excellent reference.
Find a YouTube video showing the Coleman lighting procedure here.
You can buy the UK carry/storage case on eBay here.
23 November 2013