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    Default How to convert a Coleman 220 lantern to kerosene (Added preheat cup manufacture)

    The Coleman 220s were made for a long time and in large numbers. They are found everywhere. I find them at yard sales often for $5-10 each. With Coleman fuel at about 9.00 a gallon and clear kerosene at about 4.00, you can save a lot of money on the fuel. It takes about 10 minutes to convert the lantern and about $20 dollars worth of parts.

    The parts are:
    A 200A generator #200A5891
    A 201 preheater cup #201-5101
    An alcohol bottle #201-5511

    They can be ordered directly from the Coleman website.



    The preheater in the picture is one I made as Coleman was out of stock.

    1. Remove the vent and globe from the lantern and remove the 220 generator. The tip cleaner lever needs to be pointing up. It takes a 7/16 wrench.


    2. Remove the tip from the 220 generator and replace it with the tip from the 200A generator. These do not have to be very tight. You need a small adjustable to remove them. BE CAREFUL NOT TO DAMAGE OR BEND THE THIN WIRE TIP OF THE CLEANING ROD!! It has to be able to pass through the tip to clean it.


    3. Replace the modified 220 generator in the lantern. Put the preheater cup on the generator before installation. In the first picture below you can see the tip cleaner and the hole it needs to go in. The second picture shows the preheater cup installed. Replace the vent and globe.




    That’s it the conversion is done

    To light:
    1. Fill the lantern with kerosene and pressurize.
    2. Fill the alcohol bottle with alcohol. I am using Iso-heet. Then fill the preheater cup with alcohol.


    3. Light the alcohol. Second pic shows it fully lit.




    4. As the alcohol burns down and is almost out, open the fuel valve and the mantles will light.


    I found the directions on Doron’s Coleman site. For less than $30 you can have a good kerosene pressure lantern. Kerosene is my fuel of choice for emergencies. It is inexpensive and properly stored lasts for a very long time. I run it in my Aladdin, flat and round wick lanterns, a couple stoves and a heater. If you need to convert it back to Coleman fuel all you do is replace the tip.

    DISCLAIMER: This is for information purposes only. If you do this conversion, you do it at your own risk and are entirely responsible for the results. You are altering a product to use a fuel it was not originally designed to use.
    Last edited by coastie; 03-07-2011 at 01:45 PM. Reason: Disclaimer added

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    Wow cool post. I got my first 220 for my 13th birthday. That was 45 years ago and it still runs. Since then do you know how many Coleman lanterns I picked up at yard sales for about $2-5.00?'s?
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    I have a collection of about 10 Coleman lanterns and 4-5 Deitz lanterns, this conversion has my attention, my only question is why ?

    I already have lanterns that use kerosene so why convert white gas lanterns to kerosene ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SemiAutoSam View Post
    I have a collection of about 10 Coleman lanterns and 4-5 Deitz lanterns, this conversion has my attention, my only question is why ?

    I already have lanterns that use kerosene so why convert white gas lanterns to kerosene ?
    The Colemans put out a lot more light vs the Dietz lanterns. I have several Dietz and they are great if you dont need a lot of light. The Dietz use a lot less fuel also. A Dietz running a 7/8" wick is going to run about 110 hrs on a gallon of kero and put out about 12-14 cp. A kero Coleman will give 300 cp and burn a gallon of kero in about 50 hours. To me both have a place in my supplies.
    Most of the older Coleman kerosene lanterns are becoming collectors items and the new ones are quite expensive. 220s are everywhere and the parts are easy to find.
    Coleman fuel is more than twice what clear kero costs so I can store double the fuel for the same expense. For me kerosene is my preferred long term fuel. In sealed metal containers it last practically forever.

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    saved for reference. It looks like the A 201 preheater cup #201-5101 is temporalily unavaialbe and other sites showing not availabe, like no more. is there a work around, copper end cap? amazon has the generator for 7.00
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    Where can you get clear kerosene for $4 / gallon?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerman View Post
    saved for reference. It looks like the A 201 preheater cup #201-5101 is temporalily unavaialbe and other sites showing not availabe, like no more. is there a work around, copper end cap? amazon has the generator for 7.00
    I use a 3/4" copper end cap that I cut down to about 1/2" high. Drill an off center hole through it and then solder a 1/2" brass compression ferrule into it. I can take pictures if interested.

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    As for the K-1. Buzzy Hanscoms on the on the Northbound side of the Rte 1 bypass in Portsmouth NH. They have a clear kero pump. It was 3.81 a couple weeks ago.

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    Recommended for a "sticky" in the forum. Thanks coastie

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastie View Post
    I use a 3/4" copper end cap that I cut down to about 1/2" high. Drill an off center hole through it and then solder a 1/2" brass compression ferrule into it. I can take pictures if interested.
    Please do!!!

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