I am going to talk about a camping item that is very dear to me the lantern. Why are they dear to me, I don't know but they are a long term repairable item and I like that for camping. Now I'm not talking about propane or butane lanterns that you will be lucky to find a globe for 10 years from now I'm talking about the time proven, long lasting, repairable and sometimes flaming gas lantern. Coleman and Sears are my favorite ones but there are many long gone makes like AGM, Preway, Thermos & JC Higgins . No I know some have had a hard time with these lanterns getting them fired up and running is not as easy as a propane lantern and they can flare up and scare you but they can be repaired to fix their problems and 50 years later you can still get a globe for it and they can be had as cheap as $5 throw another $20 at it and it is still cheaper than a new one.
Here is your typical $5 lantern that you find at a yard sale.
Both are missing their globes they are about $10 and the one on the right is missing it's pump and that would be $5-8 maybe.
Here is a more expensive one because it is rarer I paid $20 for it with out the globe.
What is most important is when you pick up a used lantern is shake it and see if you hear rust in the tank, remove its's fuel cap and see if rust comes out if it does it can be more work to fix it. Make sure the valves turn or again it is more work to fix it. We will work with a common models the 200 & 200A
On the 1960 lantern I have already cleaned up the frame and I repainted it with high temp silver paint as this helps stop the rust and makes it look better too. It had rust in the tank so I put lead shot in the tank and shook it up and poured it out twice.
This is what came out, I then added fuel to the tank a little at a time to rinse the tank out.
Since it is a older lantern it has a leather cup on the end of the pump and they can be reused.
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