Early in the summer of 2018 I was strolling through one of those antique/garage sale malls when I came across an old Coleman Quick-Lite lamp. I was completely unfamiliar with these old table lamps, and while I was hesitant to delve into another type of Gas Pressure Appliance (GPA), it seemed interesting and perhaps more attractive to have inside the house. This lamp didn’t have a glass lamp shade Continue reading →
Coleman backpacking lanterns. Being a backpacker and a little wary of packing anything I think I don’t need I’ve haven’t thought too much about these little appliances. I bought that Coleman 222A Peak 1 lantern a while back and it complemented my Peak 1 400A stove so I thought it was a nice addition. Some months later I spotted a similar design lantern by Coleman designated 229 locally and had my son pick it up for me. Then, I found another one and finally this 226 at a Continue reading →
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).
I’ve got a handful of the U.S. Army’s M-1950 stove. My father had one of these and an M-1942 MOD stove which he stored in the garage rafters when I was a kid. Sometimes I would climb up there and take them down and play with them (never lit them, though). The moving parts were interesting and thinking about them years later sparked a renewed interest in them and got me started on collecting Continue reading →