Solution to broken lantern globe

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  1. Gumbi

    Gumbi Guide Bushclass I

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    So I picked up my first Coleman lantern this spring. Someone was throwing it out so I snatched it up for free. It worked ok at first, although it doesn't want to shut off all the way.

    The last time I wanted to use it, I pulled it out of the plastic case it came in, and the glass was broken! It was rather disappointing especially when a friend from church said that they break rather easily and he's gone through 5 or 6 globes himself over the years.

    So I looked for a replacement globe and they are roughly $15. I didn't want to spend money on something that fragile. What if I got to a camping trip, expecting to be able to use it, just to find it broken?

    So I looked for another solution.

    Stansport sells stainless steel screens for their lanterns, but it wouldn't fit my Coleman, it would be too small. I decided to make my own.

    I was unable to find stainless steel screen at any of the hardware stores around, so I ordered a piece off of Amazon. I was able to buy a 1' x 2' piece of fairly fine, yet stiff screen, and it came a few days ago.

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    I measured for the height of the globe and trimmed it down.

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    Then I used a yard stick to fold a 1/4" lip on the one side so that it won't snag on anything or cut anyone.

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    Then I put the whole thing in the lantern to measure the length. I wanted about 1/2" overlap on the screen.
    After trimming it, I put it all together.

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    And it works!

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    It isn't quite as bright as glass, since the mesh does block a little of the light, but I'll take the durability of the screen over a little extra brightness. The breeze outside didn't seem to affect it much, if at all either.
    Thanks for reading! If you have any suggestions on how I could do it better, I'd love to hear it!
     
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  2. Haggis

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    Looks good to me...
     
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    Good idea. It is good to know that it worked - I might have to copy it at some point.
     
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    That's a great idea... those glass globes have always been a weak point to me.
     
  5. Gumbi

    Gumbi Guide Bushclass I

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    Thanks! It should hold up fairly well I think.

    Here's the screen that I bought:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07Q6MS5ZF/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?smid=AZIHONJFR8123&psc=1

    It is enough for 2 lanterns.


    That's what I thought too!
     
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    central joe Wait For Me!! Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    You are a pretty inventive lad, ya done good. joe
     
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    Very cool. :) Is it more like a diffused light now. Kinda hard to tell from the picture. I know the glass globes are very bright and hard on the eyes. This looks like it might be a good idea for a campsite lantern...:33:


    :4:
     
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    Really ingenious. Thank you so much for sharing.
     
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    Suggestions on how to do it better? You can't improve on perfection! :dblthumb:

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    I love improvisation , good job ! I collect vintage Coleman lanterns for the man cave. It started with the ones my Dad used on our camping trips back in the 1960's now its a disease...
     
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    I like it. When I gathered a small collection of 220 series lanterns this past spring, I went on the bay of evil and scored a box of 6 globes for a ridiculously low price, so I'm set. I still may order some of that screen just in case.
    At the same time, I will say that I purchased a lantern in 1986 that still has the original globe even after 4 moves, 2 of which were cross country. It lives in the plastic case and I treat it with great care.
     
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    Yep, that’ll work. I like that a lot. Ain’t gonna break that.

    JohnP
     
  15. Gumbi

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    That's great! I was confused and disappointed to find mine broken because I kept it in the plastic case, too. I guess I wasn't as careful with it as I thought I was!
     
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    Great idea. I could never get it right. My precision cutting is definitely a weak point.

    Maybe there’s a way that one could use the screen to protect an existing globe? It would also work as a diffuser too like someone mentioned earlier.

    I’ve seen several old lanterns and passed because the globes.

    I gave one away, many years ago, because you could bump it and the globe would crack.
     
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    Even with all the great LED lanterns on the market, my go to is my white gas colman. I'm 53 and my dad bought it the year before I was born so it's had a hell of a ride. Believe it or not, I've not replaced the globe yet. And I will when the time comes but your fab up is a fantastic road fix. And now I will have to put some screen in the camping kit. Great job on thinking outside the box...
     
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    The light is definitely more diffused now! It would be great for the campsite!

    I'm not sure how long the screen will stay clean and shiny before it soots up during the lighting process when you get some flames before the generator warms up, but I imagine it will be easy to clean with a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol.
     
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    I didn't have to cut the screen terribly precisely... You could be off by 3/8" on the height and it would still work, and you need it long enough to overlap itself, but you could have an overlap of several inches if you needed to.
     
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    I think I would like to try this. I don't imagine that nylon screen would work as well.....:33:..... I think I might have some stainless screen around from a past project. I'll have to dig around. :)

    I wonder if just the burning will keep it clean? Time will tell.

    Also wonder if a person could maybe put a few drops of citronella in the fuel? Not much, but maybe it would be enough to keep skeeters away on a summer night. Or maybe it would just plug up the generator...:33:
     
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    Very clever. I like the idea and will say I do not know much about liquid fuel lanterns but how does wind affect the mantel and fuel usage?
     
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    That's a good question to ask, and to be honest I don't have any answers yet.

    I can and will test how much the wind affects the mantle, but since I only used the lantern a couple times before the globe broke, I can't really speak to fuel usage. I haven't even put a full tank of gas through it yet.
     
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    Thanks guys, but I really can't take credit for the idea, it's been done by others, enough that Stansport makes it for their lanterns.

    But I know how popular and collectible the Coleman lanterns are and that they are popular with members here. I hadn't seen anyone else talk about it or try it out, so I thought I would give it a go.
     
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    Very nice! Great fix for the ol' lantern.
     
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    I broke a glass on a tilley last weekend. Looks like I will be getting some.
    Thanks
     
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