Coleman Lamps Ignitors
Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sun, 14 Jun 1998 19:31:49 -0500
I have 4 old Coleman Lanterns (Models 228D and 228E). These are the older type,
with larger globes and top reflectors that don't fit in those nice plastic
These are outfitted with spark ignitors. They consist of a brass tube with a
knurled handle at one end, and a steel wheel at the other that looks like a
disk-shaped file (about 1/4" in diameter). Another small brass cylinder,
hollow, is held up against this steel wheel at right angles to the first.
A flint slides down into this, a long spring is behind that, and then a screw
screws into the end to compress the spring and hold the flint up against the
The device is placed inside the globe of the lamp, with the handle sticking out
through one of the holes that you would use to put matches through. A pair of
nuts that screw onto the first brass tube (one inside the globe, one outside)
lock against each other and hold it in position. Spinning the handle produces
a plethora of sparks and lights the lantern very well.
The only problem I have is finding the flints. Does anyone know if Coleman
still makes these ignitors and flints?
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