Carbide Miners Lamp

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Some months ago, a fellow blogger and co-worker bought a few carbide lamps. These are the lamps historically worn on the hats of miners and cavers/cave explorers. There are no batteries, bulbs or LEDs, and no kerosene or fragile mantles. The carbide miners lamp runs on acetylene gas. However, instead of a compressed 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

M1942 and M1950 NRV

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M1942 and M1950 stoves

Frustration . . . that’s the word which describes the M1942 and M1950 NRV (Non-Return-Valve), a.k.a. check valve (The Department of the Army Technical manual, TM10-708 calls it the air check valve).  The problem is that the original rubber gaskets get old, dry out, and then fail to seal, allowing fuel to enter the pump tube.  Some people say that this is one of the two primary causes for stove fires on these two stoves.  The other is the pump-tube-to-tank gasket (TM10-708 calls it the filler cap gasket).

The check valve Continue reading