On Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:07:25 -0500, Stormin Mormon
What you need to understand with a mantle lamp is it is NOT the
burning fuel that makes the light, it is the flourescing of the
radioactive mantle material. In a lamp designed for alcohol fuel the
mantle is every bit as bright as a propane of gasoline mantle lamp.
On Thu, 01 Jan 2015 21:27:24 -0500, Stormin Mormon
Yes. They have Thorium and cerium nitrate in them, precipitated with
Amonia - and then coated with nitrocellulose. Sometimes Berryilium is
also added to strengthen the burned ash. The nitrocellulose stabilizes
the mantle before it is burned, and helps it "burn in"
It is the thorium that makes the mantle glow very bright white - and
over 4 times as bright as the flame that heats it.
As far as coleman mantles - I only buy the coleman GOLD mantles. About
twice the cost of the standard mantle but they are much more durable.
I used to replace a few mantles a year when camping untill I started
buying the gold mantles - now they go for YEARS.
What happens if you need gas, walk to a gas station with say, an
antifreeze bottle, maybe yellow for Prestone, and before anyone notices,
fill it with a gallon of gasoline, paid for by credit card in the pump.
Is anyone going to try to stop you before you leave? A policeman who
notices just after you finish filling?
On Fri, 02 Jan 2015 08:48:43 -0500, Stormin Mormon
I used the other half gallon to clean a motorcycle gas tank inside.
Hadn't been ridden since 1979 iirc.
Oh yeah, I also have a cast iron "dish", 3x8", 2" tall with a porous
brick inside, and you pour kerosene on that and use itto start a wood
fire in the fireplace. Works quite well. But sometimes I just use
newspapers, and I don' t have that many fires, so the kerosene will last
a long time.
I might have also saved the dirty half gallon for starting the
fireplace. What does it matter if it's dirty or not.
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