Coleman 242B 12/1940

Discussion in '242 & 246 letter variants, 2243' started by goldwinger11, May 29, 2019.

  1. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    F7BDA322-6C10-4144-BD45-297E48BE6E2C.jpeg C0A812D7-43AB-4AF3-A6A9-595541275E70.jpeg C516E248-6D2D-4D58-8B0D-A297039C3E78.jpeg So I think I’ve found my new favorite lantern. Finished fettling this Coleman 242B 12/1940. Love how bright it is.
    After reading some comments about these great lanterns, I noticed a few differences from my other later model 200 & 200A lanterns. The burner is all steel, the top assembly is cast iron, the generator but is steel. Any ideas as to which globe it uses?
     
  2. george

    george United States Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2011
    Messages:
    655
    Location:
    USA
    It would usually be a green lettered globe spelling out Colemen. The lettering would be large with no sun burst, and the Pyrex name. Now having said that, I'm not sure where you're lantern was made, Wichita or Toranto. I figure Wichita.:-k
     
  3. JEFF JOHNSON

    JEFF JOHNSON United Kingdom Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    7,977
    Location:
    Shetland Islands UK..
    It's working well!:thumbup:
     
  4. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    @george thanks for that info. I almost bid on the incorrect globe. Mine was from Witchita
     
  5. ROBBO55

    ROBBO55 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2014
    Messages:
    1,238
    Location:
    Somersby, New South Wales, Australia
    It's cleaned up nicely @goldwinger11 . There a great little lantern. :thumbup:
     
  6. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    Well done, they’re great lanterns and this one is no exception. I’ll give you many years of service ........ enjoy
    Cheers
    Pete
     
  7. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    D85D2B64-45E2-44C3-BF69-0CBD523F1302.jpeg 856AB437-CAD6-4AF6-8FAD-28594192AD6F.jpeg 69452E7D-C923-4159-8921-15FCC20781B3.jpeg An update. I upgraded it to run on kerosene. It’s almost as if it was meant this way. It’s bright, really bright. I used a 201 generator and still the same 2C-HG mantle.
     
  8. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    Well done, sitting with your excellent lamp sipping a quiet beer, way to go!! :D/ @goldwinger11
     
  9. MYN

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Messages:
    911
    Location:
    Malaysia
    Great lantern you've gotten going @goldwinger11
    Prior to the conversion to kero, what did you use as fuel?
    From the pictures, its really bright whatever the fuel.
    The 242 has been reputed to be one of Coleman's best-made lanterns.
    If you've got a steel burner, its probably an effort during the War years.
     
  10. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    @MYN Yes it is a steel burner. It takes a little longer to get up to temperature. Before the conversion, I had Coleman fuel.
    @AussiePete It all comes together.
     
  11. Jean J

    Jean J Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2011
    Messages:
    1,165
    goldwinger, I’m slowly coming round to these wee Coleman lanterns. I now have 5 Colemans after swearing that I would never collect them. Biggest problem for me is finding the correct globe for the missing ones.
     
  12. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    @Jean J I too was a collector of Tilley and Bialaddin then I got my first Coleman, a 249 Scout March 1945 then the next, the next, the next, the next now I got lots .....
     
  13. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    @Jean J I feel your pain. I ended up buying half a dozen American Mantle brand globes to have them functional. Now I can look for the correct ones at my pace.
     
  14. MYN

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Messages:
    911
    Location:
    Malaysia
    Most of the lanterns from North America had been designed for the use with volatile fuels like white gas, gasoline and now CF. Wheras, pretty much the rest of the World favors kerosene in most cases.

    @goldwinger11
    What prompted you to switch to kero?
    My guess, you must be a kerosene enthusiast.
     
  15. goldwinger11

    goldwinger11 Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2017
    Messages:
    156
    Location:
    Merlin, Oregon, USA
    @MYN A few reasons. Kerosene is about 2/3 cheaper than Coleman fuel. It is safer because it has a much higher flash point. Fuel consumption is lower due to the smaller jets or nozzles on the generator. I also have kerosene heaters in my shop that I use in the winter, so only having one type of fuel is more convenient. And the light output on some of the lanterns is higher. Besides, it’s fun.
     
  16. MYN

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Messages:
    911
    Location:
    Malaysia
    Well, that says it all. The specific energy per unit volume for kerosene is higher.
    I reckon they run hotter as well. Perfect for winters, I guess.
    Most of my lanterns are kerosene-fueled.
    I couldn't get Coleman Fuel or similar naphtha here in my place so I'd just use gasoline in those designed for white gas or CF despite the many undesirables from the additives.
     
  17. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

    Offline
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    729
    Location:
    Toowoomba Australia
    @MYN Can you find a product called “Shellite” in your local area? It’s what I use for the Colemans.
     
  18. MYN

    Offline
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2018
    Messages:
    911
    Location:
    Malaysia
    Nope. Couldn't find that here as well.
    I've been looking for alternatives which I could conveniently find off-the-shelf here. Couldn't even find naphtha-based panel wipes here.
    I could get certain paint thinners which comprise of a mixture of light and heavy napthtas but those seem to be less volatile than gasoline or CF. So I reckon they are not exactly the right substitute. These are costly too. Prices are close to that for Coleman Fuel.
     

Share This Page