AFC Gasoline Lantern

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AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby D.J. » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:47 pm

If you live long enough the stuff that you buy will eventually become antiques. The trouble with that is, not all antiques are worth owning. I bought this AFC gasoline lantern in the mid 70s, at Gambles, for $24.95. I thought that there was always going to be gas handy. The trouble was that the lantern was and is finicky. I didn’t realize until much later that the lamp needs pre-heating to light properly. The flaring was so bad without pre-heating that the lantern was both embarrassing and dangerous to use. It would belch foot high flames for up to 5 minutes and soot up the globe almost instantly. It was and is a pain to use. You have to remove the globe to pre-heat or to wait until it is running well before you put the globe back on to prevent sooting up. Once it is running, it has adequate light. I do have a new generator for it. Maybe that will help the problem. I watch eBay to see what they go for. It seems that they don’t go. They end up with no bids. Has anyone here had any success with the AFC lantern?
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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby Woodbutcher » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:56 pm

This is weird!!! Just a couple days ago I took this Ashflash off the shelf to see if it would burn. I traded for it last year. I did need to put a globe in it but it lite right up and burns strong. Maybe you just need to exercise it some. I am not positive, but I was told these were a Japanese copy of a Coleman.


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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby Joamon » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:08 pm

I wonder if you tried a different fuel would you have any luck. :thinking:

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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby Woodbutcher » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:36 pm

I did use Coleman fuel, not gasoline. Don't know if that would make a difference, but a good idea, worth trying.
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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby D.J. » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:56 pm

Is it safe to do so? I have no experience with this. D.J.
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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby Wolffarmer » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:55 pm

To me it sounds like the pickup tube is not working properly. Specifically the air hole plugged up. I am pretty sure the same tear downs and trouble shooting for a Coleman 200 would work just fine.

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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby campmaster-k » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:09 am

I bought an AFC once at the fleamarket, it was too rough to ever get going. I have heard over the past couple of years that they normally work ok.
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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby D.J. » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:25 pm

Wolffarmer wrote:PS, if you really fear it we might make a deal. ;)

I would gladly trade for a nice little Coleman 200 but the shipping costs would probably quash the deal. .... D.J.
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Re: AFC Gasoline Lantern

Postby Wolffarmer » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:32 pm

Ah, did not notice you are in Canada.
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