How to Change Camping Lantern Mantles Using a Blowtorch   Recently updated !

Camping Bob Explains Camp Lantern Mantles

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  Camp Lantern mantles

Once again Camping Bob does his best to show how to change the mantles on a Coleman gas camping lantern – but could this be a demonstration FAIL instead?

He does have the procedure straight … but there seems to be some safety issues using a blowtorch in the actual implementation.

Editor’s note: Clarification comments follow below video.


A note from Gus: This video was staged for comedic effect. The lantern globe did not really break, and there were no real cuts or burns.

The actual process for replacing mantles is as simple as removing the old ones, and tying or clipping on new ones. Then use a match to burn the new mantles, (this creates the ash filament form that actually produces the light), before using the lantern.

The cautions about hot lantern parts, broken globes, and fragile new mantles, (once burnt), are real.
If you are interested in a liquid fuel camp lanterns – or the replacement mantles for them – here are some good deals from Amazon.
Gas camping lantern bargains
*Note – all shopping links are my own Amazon affiliate links – which I only use to recommend good-quality camping gear – Gus

Camping Lantern Replacement and Repair Parts


More camp lighting choices:


  • Offers three light modes: 360-degree area light, high/low, and directional flashlight
  • Designed to easily clip on anywhere you need it
  • 50 lumens of light output (that’s brighter than you think)
  • Run time of 5 hours on 4AAA Energizer Max Alkaline batteries (included), water resistant – IPX4
  • To repeat… it comes with batteries included!

Gus has one of these carabiner lights. It is a fantastic “utility” or specific purpose light. You can hang it anywhere; from your belt or backpack, tent pole or tarp line, or even a tree branch. 50 lumens is a lot more light than you think it is. On “area light” setting it will provide a wide glow of light all around, and it also gets the job done as a flashlight.

This is one new camp light you will love every time you use it.
Recommendation:    ★★★★★  A Great Buy
Sugg. Retail: $21.99      Amazon price: $9.99




  • Two bright, long-lasting, 0.5-millimeter LEDs provide a surprising amount of light
  • Reflector slides up to project forward-shining beam for flashlight-style use; collapsible design folds down by half for packing
  • 7.5-inch tall lantern weighs just seven ounces, including batteries
  • Compact, space-saving lantern runs up to 15 hours on three AA batteries
Recommendation:    ★★★★  A Good Buy
Sugg. Retail: $24.99      Amazon price: $10.37



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Here are some other examples of camp lighting gear.


Notes and discussions:
Here are a few more pieces of camping gear you might be interested in:

Boy Scout Handbooks

Boy Scout Handbook

  • It is devoted to outdoor activities for and about kids!
  • It is extensive in its coverage, and is written to be understood by kids and adults alike.
  • Its camping first aid section is more appropriate, and situation-specific than any other book on the market. (an opinion of course)
  • Check out the Boy Scout Handbook



Once you use a folding camp shovel, and discover all its uses around camp you will wonder why you didn’t include one in your camp gear sooner. This sturdy but light-weight Coleman model is so compact it even fits in a 10″ carry-bag. Here are some of the models available:
Folding Camp Shovel


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