Coleman 519 Radiant Heater

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Coleman Canada 519 Heater (left) and 576 Peak 1 stove (right)

Some months ago, I was looking around the web at GPA’s when I came across a photo of a Coleman Radiant heater. I had never seen one like this before, but it seemed relatively small. It was painted that Coleman-Canada light green similar to my 576 stove so I guessed that it must have been made somewhere between the mid-1970’s to mid-1980’s. I searched for one for sale, but couldn’t find one, and sold listings Continue reading

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

Coleman 400 Peak 1 Stove

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A pair of 400 stoves (1980 and 1982)

I’ve used a Coleman Model 400A Peak 1 stove for most of my backpacking since 1987, but when I had an opportunity to get a 400 stove, the 400A’s predecessor, I thought I’d get it and see what makes it different. I found the stove locally with a Continue reading

Coleman 222 Lantern, Late Model – Rebuild

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Coleman 222 Lantern dated 1-83

I found this 1983 Coleman 222 Peak 1 lantern along with several other stoves and lanterns for sale locally a few months ago. Since my first backpacking lantern, a 222A, I’ve learned that it’s worth a little time to replace the two O-rings which Continue reading

Optimus 323 Pack Stove – Rebuild

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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 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