Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

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Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby Duwammer » Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:27 pm

Several years ago I picked up (2) of these Optimus 1200 lanterns made in Germany brand new in the box along with some other older coleman lanterns.

I never read or see anyone talking about kerosene lanterns. Does anyone use these lanterns or are they merely just collector items.
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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby SuperShady1 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:03 pm

Duwammer wrote:Several years ago I picked up (2) of these Optimus 1200 lanterns made in Germany brand new in the box along with some other older coleman lanterns.

I never read or see anyone talking about kerosene lanterns. Does anyone use these lanterns or are they merely just collector items.


how about a picture or two?

A lot of us have Kerosene lanterns but mostly like to use and talk about white gas Coleman models.

show what yah got.

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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby Duwammer » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:14 am

Well I was partially wrong. The globe says made in West Germany the actual lantern says made in Sweden.


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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby Zollinger » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:43 am

Nice looking lanterns. Most of us are into the Coleman lanterns because the were made in the USA and parts are easy to find. IMHO kerosene can be a pain in the butt because of the pre-heating.
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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby wagondude » Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:07 am

Those are cool. They should polish up nicely.
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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby rainjer » Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:41 pm

Those are very good lanterns. They can be a pain to get running but they burn very bright once you get them dialed in. I would love to have one in my collection some day.

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Re: Optimus 1200 Kerosene Lantern

Postby Wolffarmer » Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:46 pm

Those are wonderful lanterns. I have a clone made somewhere. My guess is China or at least asia. They are bright and so much chrome they put 1950's autos to shame. There are special mantles for them but the large ones meant for Coleman work. Need some kerosene. Not fancy lamp oil but get a gallon jug near the paint supplies in local hardware stores will get you going. ( I use kerosene from a pump ) And some alcohol from the local hardware store also. Ace should have it. You don't want to use rubbing alcohol, it has to much water and may not get hot enough. You will need a little bottle to put the alcohol in the pre heat cups as it is very hard to disassemble the lantern to do that after the mantle has been burned in.

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