Nearly but not quite!

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  1. Tim P United Kingdom

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    494CB657-0BD1-4EE3-9432-20FACDC68521.jpeg So my Tilley X246 got its first mantle this morning.

    First run went OK-ish! A little bit dim, a few black blotches on the mantle... am I right in saying this could be a vapouriser hole issue or maybe even the burner?

    Help appreciated!
     
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    Hi @Tim P just 2 suggestions.
    First, have you pumped up the fount enough? I usually pump it up until the pip in the pressure indicator is level with the top. On a full fuel load, it could take up to 100 pumps.
    Second, have you used the pricker quite a few times, there could be a partial blockage. When it’s running, don’t be afraid to use the pricker, although do it very quickly. Keep a match ready just in case it goes out.
    Thirdly, ( yes I said only 2 but I thought of another 1) is your fuel, kerosene or as you call it paraffin fresh and clean, just a thought.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    That is good advice from Pete and I shall add the following.

    If there is a strong smell of paraffin/kerosene then some part of the burner may be loose and that will cause the mantle to blacken.
    If there is not, then let the lantern burn for a few hours and the black spots may disappear.
     
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    Thanks guys,

    @AussiePete Yes I pumped the fount probably 80-100 times. The paraffin / kero is new and I’ve rinsed the tank quite a few times and it has come back out dirt free. I’ve tried using the pricker while lit, but no improvement

    @JEFF JOHNSON There may be a bit of a paraffin smell when burning, but as I’m new to these lamps, I’m not sure what is ‘normal’. Is it possible to service the burner?
     
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    If some part of the burner is loose then the smell would be very strong,
    the vapourisers gradually clog up with carbon and the jets do become enlarged.
     

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