Gas Light Glass Breakage

Submitted: Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 18:43
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What can be done to stop the glass on a gas light from cracking/breaking while in use. I have Googled but found nothing. Some where in my foggy brain I think I can remember reading an article which said to place in a saucepan of water and slowly bring to the boil as this de stresses the glass. Has anyone heard of this or know of any other trick and please no comments about going to LEDS etc
Greenant
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:05

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:05
I personnally prefer to use tha gas lantern, something about the hissing noise they make that I find soothing, I know, weird, anyway, I ended up buying a mesh. . . thingy, instead of glass.
They are effective light wise, but It doesn't throw out anywhere the same amout of light as the glass does, and may let water in if accindently left out in the open.
Got mine from a camping store
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Reply By: Hairs & Fysh (NSW) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:07

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:07
Hi Greenant,
I don't know, is it a certain brand of glass, or do all brands crack/ break.
The flame isn't to hot is it? Just a thought.
We've never had a problem with gas lantern glass.
Not even in transit, always wrapped in bubble wrap.


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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:26

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 19:26
Gidday

The reason the glass is cracking is because you’re turning up the heat too quickly. Start off slow!

If it still happens, then one can only assume you’re purchased cheap Chinese crap. LOL

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Kim
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Follow Up By: Member - Allan B (QLD) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 21:19

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 21:19
Yeah, Kim and josh are on the money. You hafta warm the glass up slowly, over about 30 secs or so. Then you can turn up the gas. And if the mantle has a hole which lets a jet of flame out it will create a hot-spot on the glass and, bingo, its gone.

Frankly I've moved on from gas lights, just too much trouble. But there was something satisfying about their sound, and they did give a great light.

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Reply By: Member - Josh (TAS) - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 20:35

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 20:35
Check one of two things. See if the mantle is sitting straight. Sometimes when you first burn them they twist to one side and are to close to the glass. Also check if there is a small hole in the mantle, if so then it will have a hot spot and will crack the glass. These are the 2 main reasons we found the glass broke.

Josh
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 22:54

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 22:54
Hi greenant

I guess asking how to stop gas light glasses (or any other glass) from getting broken and then saying "no comments about going to LEDS ETC" is like saying every time I hit my finger with a hammer it hurts so how do I stop it hurting and don't tell me to stop hitting it with a hammer. Glass is fragile and combined with the heat produced by a gas flame it is only going to get more brittle over time. personally I found the only permanent fix was 12v (or 240v if you have a genny)
lighting.... bingo..... no more broken lenses.

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Follow Up By: 2000 Red Rodeo - Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 23:38

Friday, Jan 08, 2010 at 23:38
I must agree.

In the past I always preferred gas lamps. But eventually you get sick of replacing the mantles and glass. Especially if you do a lot of driving.

These days rechargeable lamps and torches (both 12volt and 240volt chargers) are the way to go.

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Follow Up By: Member - Flynnie (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 22:15

Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 22:15
Agree.

I was a die hard fuel lantern advocate until recently and loved my Coleman duel fuel lantern. Ran it on shellite. Stumbled across a Black Diamond Apollo lantern when I was killing time one day. It uses 4 AA batteries. Never used the Coleman lantern much after that. It is out of use now.

Info at http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en-us/shop/mountain/lighting/apollo

No doubt there are other similar products and maybe better ones available.

In my setup I can easily recharge AA and AAA batteries on the move. Changing from the duel fuel lantern means less liquid fuel needs to be carried. I use shellite in the stove but can now get away with smaller amounts of the stuff on trip.

I did like the way the Coleman lantern would slowly go dim before needing another pump. Sort of soothing. Sometimes I would let it run down and take that as the cue for turning in for the night. I will miss that.

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Reply By: Mark S (cns) - Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 08:49

Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 08:49
The best way to stop the glass breaking whilst still retaining the use of the gas light is to replace the glass with a metal gauze surround.
Readily available at Kmart or camping stores. Stumbled across this by accident when looking to replace my glass. Works a treat!
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 11:42

Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 11:42
Kmart sells 3 different size replacements in perforated metal.. the light given off is between the frosted and the clear glass.. $20 and the problem is over,, no more breakages.. Michael
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 11:43

Saturday, Jan 09, 2010 at 11:43
oppss!! didnt read the post above,,,, sorry guys. Michael
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Reply By: Danny & June - Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 22:53

Sunday, Jan 10, 2010 at 22:53
Hi
Turn light down very low before turning off.

Glass cools and doesent break.

Danny
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