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Old 12-28-2012, 6:51 PM
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Lanterns! I love these things. While I have many flashlights, headlamps, etc., nothing can replace the feeling of a good 'ol fashioned lantern. Camp fuel is easy and cheap to store and will outlast battery operated lights.

These particular vintage Coleman lanterns are dated 1959 and 1963 and still going strong! 100% made in America from a time when things were built to last. I just couldn't bring myself to buy today's plastic-made-in-China when there are still a bunch of these pieces of Americana laying around. Still plenty of them on ebay...buy them while you still can! Old yes, but I trust these things more than anything currently on the shelves at Walmart. I think lanterns are great pieces of survival/prepping gear that shouldn't be overlooked. Anyway, on with the pics...





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Old 12-28-2012, 6:53 PM
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I had 2 dual fuel lanterns and 2 duel fuel stoves. Before I started really thinking long term I dumped them and went with propane. Now I am kicking myself.
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Old 12-28-2012, 7:03 PM
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I have a couple of old Colemans as well. Love them!

It is worth mentioning that Coleman fuel has a much longer shelf life than unleaded gasoline (for you "dual fuel" owners). I have used Coleman fuel that was 10+ years old in my lanterns and stoves without any issues.
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I have 2 of those same lanterns/They still work Great
Keep them ready to go in our earthquake gear in an outside shed / Plus fuel...
Even have an old single mantel G.I. unit
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Old 12-29-2012, 6:52 AM
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Those are classics. We have one, but don't really expect to ever use it. Might make a barter item under the right circumstances.

It's interesting to think about -- If the SHTF could you really allow yourself to burn fuel just for illumination? In some circumstances, sure, in others, probably not...
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I have my Coleman dual-mantel lantern and my Coleman dual-burner stove safely secured in my SHTF locker with an ample supply of white gas.
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Those are classics. We have one, but don't really expect to ever use it. Might make a barter item under the right circumstances.

It's interesting to think about -- If the SHTF could you really allow yourself to burn fuel just for illumination? In some circumstances, sure, in others, probably not...
That is the beauty of the dual fuel units. When gas is deteriorated to such a point that it will not burn in your car you can use it in a stove or lantern. White gas is about 50 octane. Most cars will not run on 50 octane.
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I had 2 dual fuel lanterns and 2 duel fuel stoves. Before I started really thinking long term I dumped them and went with propane. Now I am kicking myself.
A little over a year ago I had one propane stove and lantern, then I started wondering about the availability of those little bottles in post SHTF.

I poked around Craigslist and found all kinds of vintage Coleman stuff, most of it in great working condition too.







I guess I could be called a hoarder now...
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Coleman stove, heater and lantern along with 9 gallons of Coleman fuel all safety packed on a lower shelf in the garage.

I'll be eating hot food in the light warm while others aren't

Heater was free, Stove $3.00 and the lantern $10.00

Really no reason not to have them around.
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I have had a duel fuel lantern and stove for 10+ years. They still work. I used the lantern 60+ days a year at work for 4of those years with auto gas. I highly recommend them. The lantern isn't as bright as it once was but it works.
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Coleman stove, heater and lantern along with 9 gallons of Coleman fuel all safety packed on a lower shelf in the garage.

I'll be eating hot food in the light warm while others aren't

Heater was free, Stove $3.00 and the lantern $10.00

Really no reason not to have them around.
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Coleman stove, heater and lantern along with 9 gallons of Coleman fuel all safety packed on a lower shelf in the garage.
I need to keep an eye on Craigs for a heater, and add to my fuel collection
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I need to keep an eye on Craigs for a heater, and add to my fuel collection
Don't forget Extra Mantels............Often forgotten item

And if you don't have a carry case
I use an extra 5 Gallon white plastic bucket /Then stuff an old pillow inside there too .
You'll have usefull bucket ,Light , and a place to lay your head
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I need to keep an eye on Craigs for a heater, and add to my fuel collection
There is a very nice Coleman heater in the L.A. Craigslist for $35.00

Really though just hit garage sales and you can get everything you may want for very little money.
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I have my 'camping' gear near the garage door, in case of any type of collapse (structural damage from an earthquake), I can get to it with minimal effort.
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An extra globe will come in handy sooner or later.
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Still have all of mine. Used them on many, many a camping trip. Had lots of mantles too. I used to drive around verrrry carefully to avoid having to replace them.
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I just picked up this one today. $10 on Craigslist!!

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I have my Coleman dual-mantel lantern and my Coleman dual-burner stove safely secured in my SHTF locker with an ample supply of white gas.

I do the same VF. I also keep my Coleman spare parts and hoses in there too.
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i use them when i go camping with my vw bus club. i have propane,but i like the fuel stove coleman better as it cooks faster. i need to find o rings and stuff to redo the plug you remove for fueling and can only find the parts for pumping up part. where do you guys get parts??
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A little over a year ago I had one propane stove and lantern, then I started wondering about the availability of those little bottles in post SHTF.

I poked around Craigslist and found all kinds of vintage Coleman stuff, most of it in great working condition too.







I guess I could be called a hoarder now...
harbor frieght sells adaptor you can use to refill small propane bottles from the large bottle. a buddy has 1 so i have him refill mine.
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I like to put the Citronella Tiki torch oil in them. Keeps biting insects away.
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You don't really need a heater with those lantern in a tent, although it is a nice to have!
Get the older Coleman lanterns made prior to the 80s, they are better made

As an FYI, when using a lantern in lantern make sure you have proper venting
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I meant lantern in a tent to have proper venting
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Those are great lanterns and are built like a tank. My buddies has his dad's old Coleman stove and lanterns and the quality is so much better than the Chinese pile of crap Coleman they sell now. I have a newer Coleman and its junk.
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