Paid $10 online for two of these lanterns, because of their compact size. Initially I was a little underwhelmed by the light output, which is just less than as a 25w light bulb. I've tried experimenting by changing out the mantles to see if there would be any improvement in the output. Coleman #51 mantles shrank too much at initial burning and did not work well at all, producing less light than the original factory mantle. I settled for Century Model 2295 mantles which formed a nice 1" ball shape after burning. You actually don't get much more light by turning up the gas, just a very warm light. I think this is just a limitation of the design of this lantern. I found that I had to adjust the gas dial quite near the OFF position to find a sweet spot which gave me a whiter glow on the mantle, with an optimal light output at the same time. Turning up the gas just turns the light warmer, but not necessarily any brighter. The "sweet spot" is in a very low output setting on the dial control, which resulted in making this lantern extremely economical to use. The Piezo starter is very handy, and the lantern lights first time, every time. I would recommend this lantern to compliment a full size lantern, as it's output may be too limited as your only source of light.
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