Coleman® Model 200B
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Rebuilding Coleman® Single Mantle Lanterns

If you are not mechanically inclined or are not comfortable working on fueled appliances, I encourage you to send your lantern or stove back to Coleman® for repair. Click here for more information.

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Forward.  These instructions are written for Coleman® single-mantle gasoline lanterns made from the 1930s to the 1980s, but they can also be used for other single-mantle lanterns to include kerosene models.  The location and fit of some parts may vary for different models.  You should be able to work through these differences if you understand what you are trying to accomplish.

I encourage you to read the instructions in their entirety before starting.  If you would like a better understanding of how lamps and lanterns work, visit "How it Works" in the Old Town Learning Center.

Some of the photos you will see here are used in other rebuilding sections of the website. If you see a stove or a double mantle lantern, don't be alarmed. Many of the appliances have parts in common, and I'm just saving on photos and server space.

Scope of repairs.  These instructions were written to assist you with a full rebuild, but not all lanterns require that level of service. You don’t want to remove the check valve unless you need to, and you may not need to destroy a perfectly good valve stem packing.  You will be cautioned before starting any step that is unusually difficult or may not be necessary.      

Replacement parts.  Most of the parts can be cleaned and reused, but not all.  Purchase the necessary replacement parts before starting work whenever possible. 

Click here to view an exploded parts view of a single mantle lantern. 

Parts you should always replace, or at least have a spare of: 
1.  Mantle. 
2.  Fuel filler cap, or the gasket.
3.  Generator

 Parts that may be required:
1.  Pump cup
2.  Valve stem packing
3.  Check valve and air stem

Tools & Supplies.  The following table shows my recommended tools and supplies you will need to follow these instructions. 

Fire extinguisher Denatured alcohol
5/16”, 7/16", 1/2" and 5/8" end wrenches General household cleaner
Adjustable wrench
Cotton swabs
Small/med flat-tip screwdrivers Soft rags
Slip joint / channel lock pliers Rubbing compound
Needle-nose pliers Polishing (car) wax
Small wire brush Carburetor cleaner
Old toothbrush Penetrating fluid
Rifle bore brush Naval jelly
Bench vise Lime-a-Way® or CLR®
Small flashlight Neatsfoot or a light oil
Eye protection 0000 Steel wool
Propane torch White vinegar

What happens if you get stuck? You can contact me via Facebook or via email at info@oldtowncoleman.com. You can also visit the Coleman Collectors Forum bulletin board. This board is free, easy to use and you’ll probably have your answer within an hour of asking.

Pictures. Take photos of your lantern before starting. During reassembly, you will be able to refer to the pictures should you have any questions about how something was positioned. “Before & after” photos of the rebuild are always fun to see, and we’d love to display one on our Spit & Whittle Club page. Good luck and keep that fire extinguisher close by!

Part I: Disassembly

Part II: Cleaning

Part III: Reassembly



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Don't tighten the lantern's ball nut down on the porcelain ventilator. Give it plenty of room to flex during heating / cooling cycles. If it gets over-tightened, it will crack and chip the enamel at the top. Best to snug it up just a little.