Coleman 222B Lantern – Rebuild

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222B Lantern, 1991 model

How many lanterns can I get? Well, since I already have a 222, 222A, 226 and 229, I figured I should get a 222B. Why not, if the right deal comes along? I picked up a 222B recently and like my other lanterns in the 222 series I tore it down right away. The newer liquid fuel lanterns, and by new I mean since the late 1970’s, use Continue reading

Optimus 323 Pack Stove – Rebuild

Optimus_323_First_Burn

Roughly 6 months ago I bought an Optimus International 323 backpacking stove. I believe this is a stove from the 1970’s, however, I cannot find much information about it. The size is similar to the brown Coleman 400 stove from that same era. Not knowing much about it I figured it would be interesting to have a close look at this design. I studied the auction photos and it was clear that something was leaking as the plastic knobs were partially melted and was likely on fire Continue reading

Coleman Exponent 445A Stove

445A Stove

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