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04 Sep 2016 @ 21:34:10 pm
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Hi
After doing spring cleaning in garage in a family small holding,I found a similar gas light fitting with an empty gas cylinder, so I could not test it if it works, I have no experience with gas lights, are they still relevant in today's world or the lanterns have taken over?What are the pros & cons of gas camping lights?

Kindly shed some light for me!
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05 Sep 2016 @ 06:11:56 am
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Good question...

Think if you are completely off grid, & don't have solar, or as a back-up then yes, lighting by gas is relavent...

It's bit of a pain to store & stop the glass breaking, other than that quite reliable.

Up-top the light makes a nice "keep your coffee warm" spot....

 

 

Slightly quicker downhill....
These days a teeny-tiny bit more slightly quicker....
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05 Sep 2016 @ 06:15:48 am
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i like my gas lanterns, at night sitting by the fire a cold one in the hand and with thegentle  hiss of burning gas in the background. You cant beat it.

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
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05 Sep 2016 @ 06:37:49 am
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I still have two of them and from time to time when Eskom dont have power they come in handy. We use to camp with them for many years at Bloemhof Dam and later in the East London area.
Diederik Strachan
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05 Sep 2016 @ 08:22:20 am
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You still get the gas lantern bags. White and purple in colour.

Unscrew the top of the lantern and remove the class.

Tie the lantern bag to the gas stem of the lantern properly above and below the gas holes in the stem.

Puff the bag so that it is away from the stem and not right up against it.

Posision the glass and screw back the top.

Attach to gas bottle, open gas and light the lamp through the gap between the glass and top.

Close the gas to allow the  bag to burn by it selve. It will become totally white.

After the bag is completely white open the gas again and light the lantern again.

Adjust the gas and the ring setting below the lantern for oxagen to get the best brightness.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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05 Sep 2016 @ 08:36:47 am
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I don't know about gas lights any more!
Used them since my boy scout camping days in the 60's.
With all the solar and rechargeable technology & prices nowadays, I'm considering giving all my gas lights & some cylinders away to Hospice.
As mentioned before, you have to be careful with the glass and mantels, gas bottles are heavy & cumbersome, they hiss and throw out a lot of heat.
Most parks these days have 220V anyway.
Just my 2c worth! :-)
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05 Sep 2016 @ 13:39:08 pm
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I still have a 100cp and 300cp gas light and used them until rescently where there was no 220V.

I have since aquired self contained battery powered LED and Flourecent lanterns. Where there isn't any 220V, I charge them from the car cigaret battery. Where there is 220V I use 220V lead lights and LED strip lights off the caravan battery. Elswhere, we use head mountable LED lights "nerd lights".

The gas lanterns are fragile and cumbersome, so, they now stay at home. Maybe they should go to Hospice.

Each one to his own. Low voltage LED and Flourecent lighting has become so cheap, light weight and are so energy efficient, that it does not make sence any more to use gas lighting. But each one to his own.....the comforting/memory lane hissing in the background may be enough to stay with them.

Groete,
Paul
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05 Sep 2016 @ 13:40:55 pm
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Still love our gas lamp. Gives a nice warm light and hiss sound makes certain that you know you are camping. Have 2 x 100 Candle power and a 300 Candle power on an extension for those big gatherings. We the only ones in our camping group that uses one and seems everyone is impressed and always end up sitting by the gas lamp under our tent than the LED's under theirs.
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05 Sep 2016 @ 13:47:45 pm
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I must admit, the gas lamps give a much more pleasant warm light and in winter can warm up a tent nicely. LED lights tend to give a glare in the eyes and normally give a very white light. We have one which has a diffuser and can give warm white/orange/red light. Not the brightest one but, my favourite.

Groete,
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05 Sep 2016 @ 13:55:55 pm
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Why I continue using my gas light, it reminds me of the fishing trips with my late grandfather(he passed away in 1974) when I was a laitie. Also the early trips with my parents through Moz and the then Rhodesia in a boy scout white canvas tent with our old canary yellow Opel Kapitan station wagon.

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
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05 Sep 2016 @ 14:15:45 pm
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My folks had a yellow Taunus Station waggon and a Jugens 14 footer wit gas lights (1972) on the walls.

Like that, but just canary yellow...use to boil going up any mointain pass.

Groete,
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05 Sep 2016 @ 14:16:37 pm
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Skies Wonga, vir die thread-kaap

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05 Sep 2016 @ 14:46:44 pm
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Jip. Die moderne tegnologie maak dat my gasbottekie met die gaslamp onder die lessenaar in die studeerkamer staan (vir ingeval) maar dis nie meer nodig om saam te sleep nie. Led ligte en battery krag help ons nou.
Toe ek nog jonk en mooi was toet ons twee van hulle gehad in die ou karavane. Vir vervoer, mooi netjies gepak om die glas en sakkie te beskerm.

I love camping all year round
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05 Sep 2016 @ 15:19:14 pm
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Dankie for the responses! I guess the gas lamps have reached their expiry date, coming back to lantern Which rechargeable/ solar lantern do you recommend in terms of reliability, value for money etc. There are many types on the market, I bought some lanterns during load shedding days, they were complete rubbish , one day they charge, next day they don't,etc
I want to buy decent lanterns!Which one is the question?

Please shed some lantern light.
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05 Sep 2016 @ 15:49:20 pm
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Wonga, I bought a set of LED lamps from Outdoor warehouse, they are not cheap (R999.00), but can be charged from its own solar panel, or 220v.
We are very happy with these lamps, as they hold a charge for days (easy 20+ hours of light)
It came with two x lights and all fittings and chargers in a nice bag. Will try to upload a foto kater today.

As with all gas appliances, you need to be very careful, but they will remain a good backup.
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05 Sep 2016 @ 16:18:40 pm
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Photos as promised, you will note tharpt the lamps can be set to either have 4 x small LEDs or full blast light.wink

Chargers include car, solar and 220v.

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05 Sep 2016 @ 18:00:01 pm
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That's a damned nice looking set Johan.
I've got a couple of cheapie lamps that take rechargeable AA & AAA batteries.
Also, from Mica I got 2 Small size hurricane lamp type Solar LED lanterns that are dimmable.
They have worked extremely well, & we mostly sit out under the stars with one of them on dim. Only about R 100 each.
I also inherited a 4 lamp set up with a gate type 7A.hr battery, solar panel & about 5m each cable for the lamps.
It seems to have been a Michelin give-away at some stage due to the logo on it. Also simple and effective.
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06 Sep 2016 @ 06:14:47 am
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Still love our gas lamp. Gives a nice warm light and hiss sound makes certain that you know you are camping. Have 2 x 100 Candle power and a 300 Candle power on an extension for those big gatherings. We the only ones in our camping group that uses one and seems everyone is impressed and always end up sitting by the gas lamp under our tent than the LED's under theirs.

Without saying it directly, you have actually confirmed that without anyone knowing it they have shown that the gas lantern gives that invisible camping feeling and you are drawn to it like a moth to light.

Gas lantern gives to camping the same as a campfire does.

You won't realy miss it until its there.

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06 Sep 2016 @ 07:57:44 am
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Reg so Leon.

Wonga, the choice of lantern is yours. Try to buy a reputible brand, like, National Luna, Osram, Lenzer, Penz or Lumeno to mention a few. Look for one that is dimable and if it is a torch/head light, look for one that can olso focus the beam. Needless to say, buy 300 or more lumens. For obvious reasons, buy more than one lantern if it takes recharable batteries or a spare battery. Try to buy either replacable standard battery type (AAA or AA) or if rechargable batteries are used, then see if the battery is readily available and at a resonable price. Because the lanterns are not used often, the batteries tend to go flat and then they fail. If not used, charge them once a month.

I am not one for solar panels to charge things. These panels are still very expensive and bulky and my car has a 160Amp alternator (2048Watts) which charges things chop chop. A charged lantern battery lasts much longer than what my car is stationary. But that is just me.....

Groete,
Paul
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06 Sep 2016 @ 08:08:01 am
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That's a damned nice looking set Johan.
I've got a couple of cheapie lamps that take rechargeable AA & AAA batteries.
Also, from Mica I got 2 Small size hurricane lamp type Solar LED lanterns that are dimmable.
They have worked extremely well, & we mostly sit out under the stars with one of them on dim. Only about R 100 each.
I also inherited a 4 lamp set up with a gate type 7A.hr battery, solar panel & about 5m each cable for the lamps.
It seems to have been a Michelin give-away at some stage due to the logo on it. Also simple and effective.

John, even though I agree, I beleave the more practical LEDs lanterns (also at a quarter the weight) are a better choice. We only decided on that set during the load shedding to be used at home aswell.

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06 Sep 2016 @ 08:11:57 am
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Wonga, you have the gas lantern, why not use it?

Any gas supplier will stock those gas lantern spares. As Leon pointed out, the little "bag" must be burned to a white ash, then it is at optimum point of light.

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06 Sep 2016 @ 09:59:50 am
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Gebruik my gas lamp nog baie as ek alleen in die bos gaan kamp, die geluid wat hy maak laat my terugdink na baie jare toe ons nog by hom gesit en leer het.

Veral as daar n mot of twee om hom draai.

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

Die jonge Fransmannetjie. (Parys - Frankryk)
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25 Apr 2018 @ 20:40:22 pm
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Lief my gas lampe baie
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26 Apr 2018 @ 06:30:50 am
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i like my gas lanterns, at night sitting by the fire a cold one in the hand and with thegentle  hiss of burning gas in the background. You cant beat it.

I have two of these gas lanterns and a small Bluett one as well.  Haven't used them for quite some time now.......... but what you are saying is so true.  That hissing sound is something that when talked about makes you long for a camping trip.

Dink ek moet hulle weer bietjie uit haal en die globes wegbêre.

 

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26 Apr 2018 @ 08:01:43 am
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Lees vanoggend die draad weer 'n slag geduldig deur.

Goeie herrinneringe van gaslampe. Toe die seuns Buiteland toe is "erf" ek by elkeen van hulle ook 'n 100 kerskrag lampkop saam met my eie en die wat van my Pa oorgebly het toe my ouers ouetehuis toe is.

Ek is dus die trotse eienaar van 6 van die lampkoppe. 

Kan met trots verklaar dat ek nog een in sy CADAC boksie het teen die enorme prys van R12:50.

Moet bysê - ek het nog 'n Penn 49A katrol in sy boksie, gemerk teen R18:75. HeHeHe 

Sien nou nou op Pricecheck - die sakkies kos nou R48 vir drie. Erens het iets skeefgeloop???

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27 Apr 2018 @ 09:53:44 am
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The beauty of a gas lamp is the effect it has on people.
That soothing hissing sound of the gas is as good as a tranquiliser.
Jin also refers to this creating memories.
I sometimes take mine with if we are not camping in a crowded camp.

It is the campers call, like the fish eagles' call is the sound of Africa.
Jesus saves all who do the will of the Father Matt 7:21-23
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27 Apr 2018 @ 12:17:58 pm
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Ek het ook nog n paar. Iewers in die stoor.

Jare laas gebruik.

Kan onthou my pa se ou Sprite woonwa het gasliggies gehad aan binnekant, albei kante van die hangkas. Elke heer as ons gesleep het, moes ons die sakkies vervang het. Hulle het heeltemal uitmekaar geskud.

Dit is die jare toe ons baie grondpaaie gery het. Baie in die Tanskei gebruik. Baie by Mazzepa baai.

Waar ons gekamp het, moes jy water by die fontein gaan haal het en daar was ook net een "Doef poef" (long drop) toilet.
Froggy ons Sprinter bussie Harry & Yvonne
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27 Apr 2018 @ 15:47:52 pm
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Harry
We used to spray hairspray on the mantles to keep them from falling apart on a gravel road.
This worked well in 1995 on our first trip to Mana Pools. The gravel road was nortoriuos as axle breaker. I can recall one of the earlier makes of offroad trailer (Brazz'ah) standing next to the road with a broken axle.
Our hairsprayed gas lamp mantles (3) survived the same road!
So there is something positive to say of hairspray.

Mawonga, the burnt-out mantle is nothing but ash in a structure that glows when heated with the gas fire in it. But it works and is synonymous to good old fashioned camping.
In today's LED lighting world, gaslamps have probably become a unique 'luxury' to have.
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27 Apr 2018 @ 18:46:23 pm
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Pottie, ons het nooit daai "trick" geken nie.

My oorlede Pa sou daai een ge "like" het.
Froggy ons Sprinter bussie Harry & Yvonne
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27 Apr 2018 @ 19:55:10 pm
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Ons gaslamp het sy pak plekkie in die wa en gaan altyd saam.  Kan nie onthou wanneer laas ons dit gebruik het nie.

The Happy Campers.
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27 Apr 2018 @ 20:56:58 pm
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Baie jare gelede het ek so n gaslamp gewen tydens die opening van n woonwapark in Lydenburg. Die kompetisie was wie kon n woonwa op n uitgemerkte baan die vinnigste agteruitstoot. Daardie jare kon ek nogal. ( ek dink dit was in die vroee 80stes) Ek het die kompetisie gewen en die prys was n Cadac Gaslamp. Daardie gaslamp in sy heldergeel "boks" is vandag nog in my woonwa se neuskas met die prys op hom.......R5.65.

Vroeg in die sestiger jare het ons in Kirkwood in die Oos Kaap gebly. Daar het ons nog waterleibeurte gekry in die dorp. As jou beurt 2 uur in die nag was moes jy maar opstaan. Ek as die oudste seun in die huis moes die taak verrig. Ons buurman wat toe reeds bejaard was het my ook gekontrakteer om sy tuin ook in die nag nat te lei. As beloning het hy daardie jare vir my n Coleman parrafienlamp gekoop om die ou lantern te vervang. Ek het daardie Coleman lamp vandag nog en hy werk steeds.....alhoewel dit baie lanklaas gebeur het. Ek het matriek geskryf met n "Tilley" parrafienlamp. Hulle het baie stiller gebrand as die Coleman. Die Coleman het meer geraas as die gaslampe. Daardie "Tilley" lamp is ook nog in my besit en die Coleman en Tilley beklee n ereplek hier op n kas in my huis.
Ons drink uit die piering want ons koppie loop oor.
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29 Apr 2018 @ 19:25:10 pm
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Only problem I had with gas lamps is that they attract moths. And dead moths attract scorpions.
These days I run warm white LED's, but still miss that hissing of a gas lamp :)
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02 May 2018 @ 06:38:23 am
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Ek het die naweek my twee gas lampe gaan uithaal.  Na 'n klomp jaar se stoor is die glasse nog als in een stuk.  Selfs die wit gebrande sakkies was grootliks nog heel met 'n gaatjie hier en daar.  Het hulle afgevryf net poeier. Sal 'n sakkie of wat gaan koop en die ekstra gasbottels laat volmaak.  Vat hulle saam met die volgende paar kampe.

Dan ook op 'n T- stuk gas pyp afgekom.  Dit laat jou toe om gas brander en gas lamp van een bottel af te werk.  Het al vergeet ek het die ding gehad.

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02 May 2018 @ 10:19:37 am
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I've fitted Led lights to my old 1981 Fleetline 1, looked real smart when testing it at home, but switching it on next to the dam on our first outing with the van, I was told by my wife that it is too bright, feels like you're in a surgical ward and that I must make plan, I dug out the old gas lamp and the whole ambiance changed, it was softer on the eyes and that hissing sound just brought back memories.
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