I bought one :)

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It's a psychological connection straight back to childhood and I've always wanted one since but I have a great 12 volt lighting system around camp so I couldn't justify it. But this morning I said "The hell with it!" and went and bought a Coleman dual fuel single mantle lamp and I feel like a five year old with a new toy :)

Question is: is it worth buying the plastic carrying case too or will the cardboard shipping carton it came in do the job - at least until it wears out?

Any tips or hints on using dual fuel kit? I have the Coleman fuel but will probably use unleaded petrol in the bush.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Tony Shaw - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:03

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:03
Hey Mike,

If your using unleaded regularly, run a batch of coleman fuel through it every now and then. It's got a rust inhibator mixed in with it.

Cheers, ToNy!

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Reply By: mattie - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:15

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:15
Hi Mike
the plastic carry case is a good investment we rarely ever replace mantles as u are able to pack it a lot better. Freinds had a gas lantern when we went to the kimberleys and they replaced their mantle nearly every single night of the trip.


Mattie
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:26

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:26
Good point. I think I can pick one up for $15 so I'll probably just get one.

With the mantle issue; when I had a gas lamp I used to spray the mantle with hairspray before packing the vehicle in the mornings and that seemed to do a pretty good job - and it did wonders for my hair dearie :)

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Michael B - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:24

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:24
Mike,

IMO it is well worth buying the plastic case, I can tell you from experience that the cardboard carton will on last about 14 years or so.

and I looked after it too.......

My Coleman is only single fuel but twin mantles, got to go an buy a case now, glad you reminded me.

Regards
Michael B (SA)
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:27

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 14:27
Only 14 years!!??

Right! I'm taking mine back right now for a refund! :)

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 15:46

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 15:46
This is an outrage., from clean burning electricity you are now regressing to burning hydrocarbon fuel to light your campsite. What next, the mass destruction of forests to cook your food. Oh boy go write 1000 times " I shall try to be a better person" :)

The Coleman fuel or Shellite will be kinder to the burner than unleaded Mike.

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 06:53

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 06:53
>What next, the mass destruction of forests to cook
>your food

Certainly not! I burn everything I cook on a fire - instead I use it to heat my shower water :)

>go write 1000 times " I shall try to be a better person"

Already did that - but failed :(

>Coleman fuel or Shellite will be kinder to the burner
>than unleaded Mike.

Trouble is I really don't want to carry another can of something with me. I wonder how much quicker ULP clogs it up than Shellite?

Couldn't wait for it to get dark last night so I could play laterns (the 5 year old thing :) Excellent light from it and a lovely warm light which electricity just doesn't provide.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 08:31

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 08:31
oh well it should be ok with unleaded. I only used shellite in mine but I could get the fuel for free. I had a good run with mantels using the hair spray trick then for some reason I started breaking them every day eventually got p'd off and put it in the shed to swap it later for a slab.
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:01

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:01
shellite is definitely cleaner burning
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:36

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 14:36
The question is: by how much, 5%, 40%, 190%?

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 15:21

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 15:21
neither of the above
35% less residue?

a rump man eh Ray....who's is it
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:10

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:10
yer Ray, and I sat here for three minutes waiting for it to move, like that little Ford girly you used to have
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:29

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:29
I thought we'd agreed we weren't going to mention his girls on here?

Mike Harding

PS. Ray: does any of them have a two mantle Coleman lamp?

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 13:46

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 13:46
hmm, that's an idea, now where's that animation program I have somewhere, I'm sure I could add some wobble :)
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Reply By: Member - Andy Q (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 23:31

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 23:31
G'day Mike, Yeah go ahead and buy the plastic carry case. I bought two dual fuel / dual mantle coleman lamps about five years ago.......nothing broken yet, done a lot of K's
andy
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Reply By: Redback - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:35

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:35
Gawd is that all, a fancy kero lamp, i thought you'd got something good, not gone back a 150 years in lighting.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:38

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 18:38
Oh! You're just a spoil sport!

Mike Harding
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