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I am looking to replace/supplement my old white gas pump lantern with one that can use the small propane canisters. From what I have read about the Coleman ones they seem to use aluminum threads on the connection fitting and they can tend to strip out very easily making the lantern useless.

Can anyone recommend a good propane lantern that doesn't use aluminum threads? Or am I worrying too much about the frailty of the aluminum threads?
 

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I have used my Colemans extensively both camping & as a work light source before my shop was wired for lights and never have had a problem. But i'm always careful when changing the cannisters. I have more problems breaking globes than anything.
 

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Just a heads up for those who don't know. They make a wire mesh "globe" to replace the glass one found on coleman's. Works OK and you don't have to worry about breaking the glass globe. Think Bass Outdoor World was selling them.
 

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Coleman Northstar InstaStart

I have the Coleman Northstar InstaStart - and I high recommend it. To light the lantern, you just twist the knob a couple of times. It has a built in electric striker that lights the mantle.

My Northstar is about 7, maybe 8 years old and still going strong. I let my oldest sons take it camping a few times, and it came back in one piece.
 

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Propane lanterns are common at resale shops. Have several Colemans and never a problem. They do eat mantles though and unless you refill you cylinders or use a bulk-tank adapter, the cost is incredible for fuel. Hard to beat the convenience though.

For emergency use, you get much more service out of a oil lamp. The wick will last almost forever and spares are cheap. Stanley mantle wick oil lamps burn with excellent lumen quality, but again the wicks are fragile. Buy a 5 gal tub of kerosene at WallyWorld for $35 and an essence oil that you like and you will be set. Get a Toyotomi heater and you won't need to worry about heat if you're Up North. (Just keep a window cracked for venting!)

Nice to have the Coleman reflector on your propane lamp to get the most outa your effort, and the plastic carrying case is also worthwhile. Get the bulk tank adapter and a cookstove so you'll be set. Maybe a propane burning refrigerator? Check lehmans on those or your local RV retailer.

If you are gonna go with the small bottles of fuel, look for Bernz-O-Matic tall bottles. They refill better than the Coleman squatty bottles. Northern sells an adapter for about $20 to let you refill the small bottles from a 5 gal tank. They do work, and enable decent economy.
 
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