Caring For Your Camping Lantern
As with any other piece of equipment, a white gas camping lantern requires care and maintenance to ensure the best possible quality of light over the
object's maximum life span. The following tips will help you make sure you get the most out of your investment.
Gas lanterns should be cleaned occasionally to make sure none of the tubes are blocked. Most gas lantern companies sell affordably priced
maintenance kits that include specialized pieces to clean out the tubes. They may also include small pieces that wear down quickly. Buying a
maintenance kit made specifically for your brand and model of gas lantern can make all the difference in your lantern's performance.
Caring for Mantles
The mantles, made of a thin mesh material, have to be replaced occasionally or the lantern will sputter. A good rule of thumb is to replace mantles
once you can see a large hole. Even if you cannot see the hole, a worn mantle is the cause of most sputtering and also of dirty, sooty flames. New
mantles can also be found quite cheaply and should be kept on hand at all times.
Caring for Your Gas Lantern's Pump
Your gas lantern's pump will also require periodic maintenance. Once or twice a year, you should apply a small drop of light machine oil to the plunger.
This will help the plunger maintain a seal, making it more efficient as well as longer lasting.
Caring for your Gas Lantern's Sparker
The sparker is the mechanism that actually ignites the fuel. It is important to check on this piece periodically because the lantern cannot be safely used
without it. Because the sparker cannot be repaired, you should keep an extra with you at all times.
Properly Storing Your Gas Lantern
Because most gas lanterns spend the majority of their lifetime in storage, proper storage can be the key to a long and productive product life. First,
empty all fuel from the tank. This will keep the fuel from clogging any lines as it become sticky over time. Second, take apart the lantern and wash with
warm water and