I've spent several winters in a small camping trailer in southern Arizona.
Nights can get pretty chilly, enough that I've had leftover coffee in a cup
frozen in the morning. I was using an Alladin lantern for light, and it also
kept the trailer pleasantly warm. After mantles and kerosene became
difficult to find, I switched to a LED headlamp for reading and really
noticed the difference in the comfort level.
Alladin seems to have went down the home decor road and are pretty expensive
these days but if you can find one they're a whole different animal than a
kerosene lamp with just a wick. I believe the mantels are easier to find
too. Thorium was used in the mantles and it produces minuscule amounts of
radium-224. You would have to eat a mantle to even come close to the normal
yearly radiation dose but it was too much for the Nannies. Searching for a
politically correct alternative and perfecting the new manufacturing
techniques took several years during which the stocks of the thorium based
mantles were used up.
I'm surprised the Chinese haven't done an Alladin knockoff.
A by-product of making good kerosene is gasoline and there was no
market for it so much was dumped or burned off. Rockefeller put money
into the development of the internal combustion engine we use in cars
He also built oil pipelines in order to save money the railroads were
charging him to move oil by tanker truck.
Have you tried Coleman?
Web based forums are like subscribing to 10 different newspapers
and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
It's not a Coleman but it's a mantle propane lamp I use when I want more
than spot lighting. I don't know how the economics stack up against the
Coleman liquid fuel lanterns. Propane is as quiet as a kerosene mantle
lantern, but it's a lot quieter than the liquid fuel models and you don't
have to pump it up periodically.
I should look at the comparative costs. K1 is just about as expensive as
Coleman fuel. I've never tried unleaded in a dual fuel. Maybe they've gotten
better but it used to be unleaded sort of worked in a pinch.
Propane is heavier, and it is fuel specific. You can't
go to town and get a bucket of propane. The tanks are
heavy, also. OK, you can use a plumbers 14.1 ounce tank,
or a hose and 20 pounder.
I love the convenience, clean burn, and lots of heat
out put for winter power cuts.
As you are paying for the 16 ounce heavy steel tanks,
I'd dare to guess propane 16 ouncers are more expensive.
My two mantle Coleman lights the whole room plenty bright
enough that during a power cut everyone knows I've got
some thing in there. Not necessarily advantage. Wick
type kero lantern doesn't make me look totally better
than the neighbors.
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