- Sep 7, 2013
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- Columbus, GA USA
Cost analysis said it's cheaper to use Coleman fuel than propane. Been collecting Coleman for quite a while and have accumulated a lot of USA made. Parts are still easy to find and available though prices are going up. Check flea markets and yard sales for older Coleman stoves and lanterns. If nothing else keep it for parts for other projects.
regular fuel is perfectly OK - just takes more maintenance than using the napha fuel >>> you want as many choices for cooking, lighting and heating as you can acquire - when it's below freezing the non-propane is the way to go for reliability .....
Some years ago I scored 4 Coleman lanterns at a yard sale for $25. All had good globes. That was worth it right there.if you can get them cheap enough - even the crapped out lanterns are worth the parts salvage - the globes are selling for a pretty penny $$$ these days - watch for any cracks but most are universal to many models - unfortunately globes are the most vulnerable part ....
Some years ago I scored 4 Coleman lanterns at a yard sale for $25. All had good globes. That was worth it right there.
I have no idea if this is true. I thought I read somewhere that the new 1lb propane bottles have a new style valve that prevents filling off of a larger bulk propane tank.. Can anyone confirm that is true? Would be very helpful for propane users.
I refill mine all the time. There are a couple tricks to it though. For one, put your empty in the freezer for a while before refilling. Then, while filling, have a forcep or needle nose ready because if you pull on that little shrader valve to release gas vapor, it makes it easier for the liquid to enter. You will be surrounded by flammable gas doing it this way, so be very careful to not be around open flame. Also, as TexPrep said, they will often leak. Both valves... Sometimes rust or debris gets in the valve seat, and sometimes the propane ices them up. With debris, its as simple as venting a little gas to blow it clear, but the ice problem (moisture will get in there, don't ask me how), a wet rag will often thaw it to the point venting will make it seat properly. Just triple check for leaks and never store them in your house. Also, keep those little plastic caps too because the main valve likes to rust quickly beyond one use and dust also screw up the valve. Keep that valve clean!I have no idea if this is true. I thought I read somewhere that the new 1lb propane bottles have a new style valve that prevents filling off of a larger bulk propane tank.. Can anyone confirm that is true? Would be very helpful for propane users.
Cant say I've heard about this.
I still fill my 1lb canisters and havent ran across any I cant refill. You do have to check the needle valve after filling,they sometimes leak and you have to fiddle with them to get em to stop. A little spit will tell you real quick if it's leaking.
I've started going away from the 1lb canisters and just getting the tree for the large propane tanks that have multiple connection points.
It makes it easy when it comes time for cooking and having light to do so.
When you need to roam around I just use a headlamp with rechargeable batteries.
I have the ability to run both. Some of my Coleman is duel fuel and some are propane. I do have a small wood stove as back up. Redundancy is the key here.
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