How Long Do Lantern Mantles Last

When should I replace my mantle?

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Are propane lantern mantles reusable?

Only replace them when they break somehow. However, Mantels are so much more fragile. It IS advisable to carry along some spares.

Do you have to pre burn mantles?

Yes, IMO you should always pre-burn followed by a burn-in as BigLew suggests.

Can you relight a gas mantle?

Turn on the lamp’s gas supply. Light a match and hold the flame under the mantle. If you’re lighting a new mantle, do not touch the mantle with the flame. The fabric on the outside of the mantle will ignite without direct contact with the flame.

What is a Coleman lantern mantle made of?

The mantles are a ceramic mesh that encase the flame produced by the lantern. Typical mantles look like this: Mantles start out as silk fabric sacks impregnated with different oxides. The standard for decades has been the Welsbach mantle, which uses a mixture of thorium oxide, cerium oxide and magnesium oxide.

Are Coleman mantles radioactive?

Those mantles emitted alpha particles which can’t penetrate paper or your external skin. In the 90s, Coleman switched over to using yttrium instead, which is NOT radioactive.

How much does a mantle cost?

They range in cost from $300 to $5,000, depending on the material, size, and design complexity you choose. Prefab wood mantels typically arrive in three or four pieces.

How are mantels attached?

As with many other forms of mantle or shelf, a fireplace mantel can be commonly attached to the wall with screws or lag bolts. Bolts are screwed into the wall above the fireplace before a mantel is slotted straight onto it.

Can you use a Coleman lantern without mantles?

As long as both mantles are intact, you can light them as many times as you want. It will light with a single mantle being whole, but the light isn’t very good, and it will smoke.

Does Coleman still make gas lanterns?

Coleman still sells a variety of lanterns that are powered by propane, kerosene, or camp fuel (aka white gas). They are still built in Wichita Kansas (though some parts, such as the globes, are made in China) and are widely available for sale online and in some big box stores.