Coleman 226

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  1. Henry Plews

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    A bright little lantern when it was working but even though there were no leaks, I had to add pressure every 10 minutes or so otherwise it would go out.
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    Yes, the 226 keep pressure only in 1st hour when tank full. Afterwards continuous pumping. Annoying.

    I think of closing the upper hole in the pickup tube.
    But then it needs thorough. Pre-heat.
     
  3. James K

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    Looking good in the snow Henry.
    I am guessing this must preheat from the vapour in the tank.
    Does it have an air shut off spring you could make more springy?
    James
     
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    A well lit snowy scene.:thumbup:
     
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    In the UK is snowing as well?
     
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    I guess the combination of cold and a small tank is the cause. The price you pay for portability ?
    Nice pctures
    Chris
     
  7. Henry Plews

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    No. It's a very simple mechanism, it's either "on" or "off".

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    I decided to strip down the lantern and give it a good clean. I put some ball bearings into the tank and added some clean kero then gave it a good shaking and drained the dirty fuel. I had to do this 7 or 8 times before the fuel came out as clean as it went in.

    This was the result
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    I assume it's the ethanol in modern unleaded gasoline which has destroyed the tank lining used by Coleman during manufacture. Anyway, the lantern certainly ran better once I'd got all that stuff out of the tank.

    Time for observation. With a full tank (225ml.) of Holts brake cleaner I added 30 pump strokes (as per instructions) and lit the lantern after which, I added 10 pump strokes (instructions say 10 to 20).
    All that was at . . . . . . 14:20
    add 15 pump strokes at 16:00
    add 20 pump strokes at 16:50
    add 30 pump strokes at 17:15
    add 40 pump strokes at 17:40
    add 20 pump strokes at 18:12
    the lantern went out at 18:30

    Repeated attempts to re-light the lantern failed yet I still managed to drain approximately 75ml of fuel from the tank.
     
  8. James K

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    All that crud won't help it run well.
    You could plot a graph with all that pumping data, information is always handy though.
    Hope it runs better after a good clean up.
    James.
     
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