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

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 226 Backpacking Lantern

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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