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LPG lantern mantles

Postby Art » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:03 am

Hi Guys,
Just wondering how long the mantles in LPG lanterns last if there is a predictable
amount of time?

Just got one of these, and only had it out one night,
and was interested in comparing it (economically) to the kero lanterns we used to use.

Only got rid of the old kero lanterns because I got sick of cleaning them.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby amanda » Mon Oct 06, 2008 10:30 am

I guess it depends on how careful you are when transporting them etc. I've had the current one in my lantern for the past three trips.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Art » Mon Oct 06, 2008 11:42 am

Ahh, thanks. So I guess they eventually just shatter then.

It was a nice suprise that the lantern doubles also as an insect killer :)
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby amanda » Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:43 pm

They do shatter rather easily.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby GypsyLady » Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:21 pm

I am sure the amount of use has some impact as to how long they last also.

I have not used gas lights in many years but I do remember them only ever lasting for one camp...however that one camp was usually for the duration of 1 month....30 days which is 30 nights of use every night.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Derek Bullock » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:10 pm

Hey Art

I have had my duel fuel lantern now for nearly two years. Has had well in excess of a dozen outings in that time yet still with the same mantle.

I have a great soft zip up cover for the lamp and as everyone says they are very fragile.

I have four spares in the bag. :?#
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Ricklanga » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:37 pm

Something I read on another forum some time ago was to spray used mantles with hairspray before transport. Apparently this will keep them intact. Never tried it myself though.

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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Art » Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:47 pm

Hey Art............ I have a great soft zip up cover for the lamp ....

Yeah, I got one of those at the same time I got the lantern since I was afraid of smashing the glass.
It's a pity there were no hard cases to be found, but the soft one should be ok if treated with care.
The whole thing was about $90 to set up from BCF including the lantern with piezoelectric ignition,
soft bag, and 1.25Kg cylinder... that's why I held onto the $5 kero lantern so long!

Something I read on another forum some time ago was to spray used mantles with hairspray before transport. Apparently this will keep them intact. Never tried it myself though.

Nice idea... but who takes hairspray? :D .....
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Komodo » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:24 pm

When I was a scout we used to have our lanterns stored in wooden boxes which had a slide type front/door.
The box was lined with foam and the lanterns never got broken - quite a feat when you consider this was in a troop of about 35 testosterone fuelled teenage boys.

As for mantles - bleh ive given up trying to work them out - some seem indestructible others seem to last about 30 seconds.
I've taken to using the spring clamp type - makes changing them over a breeze.

I'm slowly switching to all 12V lighting though - no annoying hiss. Portable. economical. light weight. less prone to damage.
Gas still has a place in my gear at this point in time - but its days are numbered for lighting. I also use the stainless mesh instead of glass - got sick of breaking the glass.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Ricklanga » Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:51 pm

ricklanga wrote:Nice idea... but who takes hairspray? :D .....
* tries to think up a manly substitute for hairspray :D


Yeah point taken. As I said I have never tried it and if ever I do perhaps I can get the trouble & strife to bring some hairspray. Us men would never think to take something like that on a camping trip :cheers
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby Ozzycamperboy » Tue Oct 07, 2008 6:18 pm

My 1st one lasted probably close to a year, and maybe half a dozen trips. I started wondering what everyone was going on about :?

Then it broke, I replaced it. First trip out that one broke, I replaced it, and so on till the little packet of mantles I had bought was empty.

Now my gas lantern sits in the shed, I think. Actually I haven't seen it in a while. And haven't used it it nearly 2 years!
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby amanda » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:27 am

ricklanga wrote:
ricklanga wrote:Nice idea... but who takes hairspray? :D .....
* tries to think up a manly substitute for hairspray :D


Yeah point taken. As I said I have never tried it and if ever I do perhaps I can get the trouble & strife to bring some hairspray. Us men would never think to take something like that on a camping trip :cheers

I doubt that us women would think of taking it either!
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 08, 2008 8:49 am

amanda wrote:
I doubt that us women would think of taking it either!


I know a couple who do, even know one who takes her 12 volt hairdryer.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby amanda » Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:17 am

Oh dear - half the fun of camping is having an excuse to look a bit on the grungy side.
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Re: LPG lantern mantles

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:30 am

amanda wrote:Oh dear - half the fun of camping is having an excuse to look a bit on the grungy side.


Ohhhh you are so right with that one Amanda
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