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2 Days With No Electricity

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by Mo Heat, Jan 16, 2007.

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  1. Gooserider

    Gooserider Mod Emeritus

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    Well my Coleman stuff all says camp gas only - I wonder when it changed. Of course all my Coleman gear is pretty ancient - I have an early Peak 1 lantern as the newest item, I don't know how old my double mantle stove is, but I think it's over 50, and I have a double burner 'suitcase' stove that is over 25-30. I also have a single burner Peak stove that seems to be a bit of an oddity, it is essentially a burner mounted on a double mantle lantern size tank.

    Currently though, my prefered camping stove is an MSR multifuel stove, it has more bits to fiddle with, but seems more reliable and packs down into a much more compact package.

    I also wish they'd create an unbreakable mantle - the upside down trick helps, but I still don't get more than a couple trips out of a mantle if I'm lucky. :-/

    However I've been getting away from using the lantern more and more lately. Nowadays we have to camp where there's electricity as the GF has sleep apnea that requires her to use a CPAP machine, (this was first identified when I took her to a motorcycle rally and the other campers were complaining about her snoring! :bug: ) If I have to plug her in anyways, it is just as easy to use a trouble light in the tent and our LED headlamps everywhere else, and save on the bulk when loading the bike.

    Gooserider

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The white gas requirement for camp stoves and lanterns probably pre-dates the "smelly water" unleaded that we call gasoline these days. The lead in the old gas probably wasn't real good for the equipment or the campers.
  3. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    The colemans I have are grey and labeled "dual fuel", they were extra money for sure.

    I don't ride a crazy moto guzzi but I still have a sore bum from my enduro last Sunday. Then April 15th is the desert race. I am a big off road biker and this is the start of the season. Wife had to learn to start a fire.
  4. Tendencies

    Tendencies Member

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    If ya wanna know how old your coleman toys are, look on the bottom of the tank, they all will be stamped month/yr of manufacture.......

    T who loves to garage sale and collects old coleman toys!! :)
  5. Mrs-GVA

    Mrs-GVA New Member

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    I found a way to be assured we are safe in MA from losing lights....I bought GVA a generator for Christmas!!!! We are all set to lose the lights, probably won't happen for another 5 years......although, generally when we don't have much snow we get nailed the next year.....so maybe next year
  6. vgrund

    vgrund Feeling the Heat

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    Total duration: about 2.5 hours. No big deal, but it did occur while I was in the shower (well pump) and my wife was cooking dinner (microwave and electric oven). I'm quite pleased overall. This is too cool.
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