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Posted By velvetfoot,
Dec 22, 2011 at 1:48 PM
They looked really cool.
My brother got a mess of those sky lanterns and he releases them with his daughters sometimes.
Oooops, no, though they were neat too, although, wouldn't they be a fire hazard? They were what looked like pumped kerosene lamps that Jack Bauer, I mean, Kiefer Sutherland, carried back from the store because power outages were predicted during the fly by.
They had the sky lanterns too it seems- coincidence?
It was something like this, ie, shiny:
Funny you should ask. We first saw sky lanterns launched at a big Dushera celebration in New Delhi. They are magical. I just made a couple of them for a memorial service last weekend. They weren't successful because I didn't have the right fire-retardant for the tissue paper and could have used a bit more fuel. I used 1/4 cake of a SuperCedar. 3/8 to 1/2 would have been better I think. The second one almost made it, but then a tear developed in the top and it couldn't hold hot air well. We are going to try again. The day after the memorial I discovered that you can buy them on Amazon, so an order is on the way. Should be here today. I will try to film a launch.
edit: just saw your update with the pic. I haven't seen the movie, but if it was a period piece, they might have used Dietz lanterns?
Well, I ordered a small lantern:
Well, believe it or not, I just got it! It's beautiful. Haven't tried it yet. The one I got is this one:
That is pretty sexy
Could always try this one . . . not so shiny . . . but quite powerful.
I believe the original (and current, in Europe) name is Petromax. From the Britelyt web site:
BriteLyt™ is the proud owner of the Petromax™ trademark in the United States.
Have to ask, are these essentially chromed Colman white gas lanterns or are they significantly different? At 5X the price I am hoping they are revolutionary.
I usually associated Petromax lanterns as burning Kerosene and Colemans burning white gas. Coleman does sell a kerosene lantern but it doesnt seem to be as popular as it requires preheating with alcohol to fire off
The last sentence of velvetfoot's link says they'll burn "virtually any combustible liquid fuel you may have available".
Plus, it's very shiny, and was featured in a Lars von Trier film.