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 →
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 →
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 →
Fettle – When used as a verb, “I am going to fettle this stove”, means to set in order, get ready.
So, you’ve got yourself an old stove and you’re thinking, “Let’s see if it works!” after all, if you don’t fire it up how will you know if there’s something wrong with it, right? Well, that would be one dangerous way to discover that the 70 year-old fuel cap gasket or valve stem graphite packing doesn’t seal so well and after you light it you discover, to your surprise, that Continue reading →
This model stove was used by the U.S. military during World War II. The Coleman version is called the 520 and the American Gas and Machine (AGM) seems to go by model M1941, but it seems that the 520 is the manufacturer’s designation and M1941 is the military designation. I think using either is fine, but it seems like most people call the Coleman a 520 and the AGM, M1941. I have three of these type of stoves an AGM model made in 1941, a Coleman made in 1943 and a Coleman made in 1944. If you’re interested in stoves like this be sure to check out the forums at Coleman Collectors Forum and Spiritburner. There’s also a brief history of this stove on the wiki. After a period of observation and study, I became aware of the somewhat minor differences between them. I decided to enter it on my blog so I could use it as a reference. I’ll probably add to this post from time-to-time.
(left to right) 1941 AGM, 1943 Coleman, 1944 Coleman
AGM tanks are made from steel for 1941-1943 and then brass for 1944 and 1945 (Update 15MAY2016: In the last few months I’ve seen two 1944 AGM tanks which were steel. So, either the information I had is incorrect or AGM switched to brass during 1944 resulting in some 1944 tanks being made from steel and others made from brass). AGM made the brass tanks too thin and they have a tendency Continue reading →
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 →