"Butterfly" kerosene lanterns are available from
WARNING: THESE LANTERNS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE. If you are
not mechanically inclined or want an instant light without any work,
you should use a wick-type lamp or a battery powered lantern.
If you want to light a small room, this lantern is far too powerful
for you. If you want a lantern that will burn a variety of various
oils and produces a considerable amount of light very efficiently,
AND you have some mechanical skills and are not in a hurry, this
lantern is magnificent.
How to start your kerosene
Before you start
careful when unpacking. Turn the large red knob to 6
o'clock position- see the little arrow! This prevents
accidental damage to the needle on top of the
generator tube when unpacking - leave the knob there
install the mantel- undo two screws on the handle.
Remove the top and pull out the burner assembly.
Lantern comes with three 350-candlepower mantels from
factory; we recommend 500- candlepower mantels since
they burn brighter. Be careful when stringing the
mantle around the porcelain nozzle, cut the ends of
string when done. Now-make sure everything is hand
tight on the burner assembly. If you have loose
fittings the light is not going to be bright and it
may not burn properly!Now re-assemble the
lantern. You might want to leave the top off until
the mantle is lit.
some clean kerosene in the tank -swish it around and
dump the fuel out. You can use this fuel later, if
you pour it through a clean cloth or paper first to
get rid of any particles. Also check that the rubber
seal inside the "pressure gauge/fuel cap" is ok. You
have a spare in the package. [It is a good idea to
clean the tank once a year. And always use the filter
funnel when pouring fuel into the tank!]
the air pump and ad some petroleum jelly to the
leather if dry- makes better seal.
your Lantern. All of the following should be done
firing is a very logical process, you move from left to
right, fuel cap being the starting
the tank 3/4 full with clean 1-K Kerosene- you must
leave some space for air! 1liter/quart bottle works
well. Close the fuel cap- hand tight. Now-turn
the red knob to 12 o'clock position
the pressure relief valve- the little screw on the
pumping air into the tank- make sure you pump with
full strokes. After about 10-15 full pumps you should
have enough air to light the lantern. The needle in
the pressure gauge usually does not move until more
air is pumped in.
now have two methods to pre-heat the
fuel inside generator tube to get a bright light. For
first timers or when the mantle is new, I
would use the spirit cup.
Spirit cup: fill the bottle with brass
nozzle with Methyl Hydrate (alcohol). Inside the
lantern you see a brass cup with a pipe sticking up-
fill it up all the way. There is a round hole on the
bottom part of the lantern, which is bigger than others
to give you access with butterfly stamp on top of it.
Light the fuel in the cup and let it burn until it is
almost gone. You can now turn the red knob to 6 o'clock
position (Open) and watch the mantel getting
brighter. If the mantle is new see note below.
You can now fully pressurize the lantern up to red mark
or until it gets hard to pump- meaning there is enough
Fire Button: Light up a match or lighter and push down the
chrome/red button with a large pipe going inside the
glass globe. You will hear hissing sound as vaporized
kerosene gets sprayed from the nozzle. Put a match or
lighter close to the small opening at the bottom of the
pipe to light the kerosene. It's ok; the shooting flame
is part of starting it. Start slowly pumping more air
inside the tank as you are losing pressure while the
flame is on. To time the heating process it's a good
idea to count maybe 35-45 full stroke pumps before
turning the red knob to 6 o'clock (Open) position.
(You must heat the fuel long enough). Once the
mantel starts to glow red-white close the fire button.
(Give it some time). You can now fully
pressurize the lantern up to red mark or until it gets
hard to pump- meaning there is enough
mantel is new it is going to burn and turn black,
eventually turning white and hang there like a wet
sock. Do not worry! It is all part of the process!
Once the pressure enters mantel, after opening the
red knob, the mantel will inflate like a
balloon. It is now fairly fragile and you should
not touch it with anything.
turn the lantern off, release the pressure in the
tank by opening the screw on the fuel cap, you will
hear hissing sound as the light dims. You will also
smell kerosene. When no pressure turn the red knob to
12 o'clock position (Closed). Leave the pressure
screw open if lantern not in use. This will prevent
any pressure build-up in the tank.
ENJOY YOUR NEW LANTERN!
spilled kerosene catches fire - suffocate with wet
towel or rated fire extinguisher.
an emergency, this lantern can burn virtually any
fuel � lamp oil, stove oil, diesel fuel, etc., but
these fuels produce more fumes and should not be
used in an enclosed space.