Coleman 275 Lantern

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The Coleman 275, 2-mantle lantern. Some people love them, while others hate them. Due to the wide ventilator I consider the 228 lantern, which was produced from 1928 to 1978, to be the predecessor to the 275. The International Coleman Collectors Club (ICCC) website shows 275 production dates of 1976-1979 and the 275A 1980-1983, so the 275 was made for only 8 years. It’s brown, though this wasn’t the first time Coleman painted their appliances brown, but compared to the various greens, reds, Continue reading

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Coleman Model #4 Iron

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My Model #4 iron after some minor clean-up

I bought a 1925 Coleman Quicklite lamp earlier this year. It needs a shade and a pump. So, I searched for a pump, and found someone selling two, but they came with an old Coleman iron. The irons use a shorter pump so I knew that wasn’t right for the iron and it was a decent price so I bought them. I never thought much about buying an iron, because unlike stoves and lanterns I didn’t see much point Continue reading

Wards Hot Plate (1930’s)

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Just before my birthday this year, a long-time friend stopped by with a gift. It was a 1930’s Wards Gasoline Hot Plate, Model D-67. This is a type of stove not typically used for camping and is sometimes referred to as a Cabin Stove. It’s not portable like a typical suitcase stove, but it’s not large like a range stove either. Immediately, I thought I might take it on a hunting trip, but upon Continue reading

Aida Express 1500 Lantern

Completed Aida lantern

I was walking through one of those antique malls a few weeks ago, looking around for old stoves and lanterns when I came across a tall beast of a lantern. I picked it up and was surprised. It was and Aida. I thought to myself, “What is an Aida?”. It appeared to be complete, but it had some unusual knobs and fittings which were unfamiliar to me. So, I put it back down, snapped a photo and Continue reading

Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

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Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

A couple of years ago I saw a good condition Coleman Exponent 445A stove on Craigslist for a pretty low price. At that time, all of my single burner stoves had permanently attached fuel tanks, so I was curious about this type of stove with the separate tank and I bought it. I read through the start-up instructions, configured the fuel tube per the instructions and gave it a go. It lit right up and all seemed fine.

The next weekend I took it along on a camping/kayaking trip to use outdoors on the campground picnic table.  I used it for dinner and all went well. When I was done I put it away for the night. The following morning I planned Continue reading

Coleman 222A Peak 1 Lantern

222A Lantern

Recently, I picked up a Coleman 222A lantern. It was made 1 month before my trusty 400A backpacking stove which I’ve been using since I bought it new back in 1987. When it arrived, I looked it over and it was in excellent condition, especially considering it is 30 years old. I tied on a mantle, turned it to ash, added fuel and it lit right up. After a minute or so I saw fuel leaking around the valve, so I  Continue reading

Colorado River, Ruby-Horsethief – Kayak

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Well, the summer seems almost gone and I finally got out for a river trip. John and family took a raft this year, while Marty had his Old Town canoe, but also a new kayak. This trip would be on the Colorado River, passing through   Continue reading