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by curtludwig
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Hilarious X-Minus One episode...
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Hilarious X-Minus One episode...

I've been listening to the Great Detectives Podcast on Amazon. I love those old radio shows...
by curtludwig
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Imune Sytem Failure
Replies: 38
Views: 477

Re: Imune Sytem Failure

Welcome from north central MA! Your introduction to lanterns is similar to mine, in 2008 we had an ice storm, my Coleman stove saved the day, keeping us fed while neighbors evacuated. You might have seen my Milspec video: https://youtu.be/tSI3igk1BkM As far as Milspecs go mine is the worst to light....
by curtludwig
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Flexible Lighters...
Replies: 19
Views: 278

Re: Flexible Lighters...

I've had several different Bernzomatic lighters over the years. The best one had an LED and a bottle opener on it. I refilled that one probably a dozen times. Remember if it costs less than $20 its not a forever tool, actually at that price you can't really even expect it to be a decade tool. These ...
by curtludwig
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: AGM 2572 Lantern packing
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: AGM 2572 Lantern packing

The basics of the eccentric block in a 2572 are exactly the same as in a Coleman, in fact you can make a modified block so that your 2572 can easily use Coleman generators. Basically that square thing has a C shaped cutout at the bottom that the other end of the cleaning knob fits into. That other e...
by curtludwig
Wed Mar 03, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Electrolysis question
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Electrolysis question

It won't hurt anything but as mentioned it would slow the process down some due to your needing to turn it around. I'm reasonably sure electrolysis is line of sight. No big deal, just turn it after awhile.
by curtludwig
Mon Feb 01, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: How to improve catalytic heater efficiency
Replies: 15
Views: 272

Re: How to improve catalytic heater efficiency

How long have you run it and how cold was the ambient temp? I ran my heater once at a gathering and it took more than an hour before it was really running hot and glowing all over. Another time I had it out in the snow, I don't remember how cold it was but pretty cold (20s or colder) and the dang th...
by curtludwig
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 275 valve disassembly
Replies: 27
Views: 722

Re: 275 valve disassembly

My advice on 275s is that if the valve stem isn't leaking to leave it alone. I broke the stem off one farting around with that bracket. Thats why I left that part out of my video. Pull the valve whole leaving the bracket in place...
by curtludwig
Thu Jan 07, 2021 4:35 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: (OT) Engine flush / Slick 50
Replies: 21
Views: 270

Re: (OT) Engine flush / Slick 50

Funny you should mention Slick 50, check out the lawsuit they went through, that stuff was snake oil for sure. I'm in the synthetic oil camp. I use Mobil 1 or Liqui moly depending on which vehicle we're talking about. My Dodge pickup gets changed every 8,000 miles. The VW cars go 10,000 miles betwee...
by curtludwig
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: I didn't expect this....Fount ripped apart.
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: I didn't expect this....Fount ripped apart.

What name do you use on the videos? I tried to go back and look for the same video, but only thing that pops up are some from Wiggys Wilderness that I have watched. And I cant find the one with the impact drill coming over the top. That's not you is it? The one with the impact gun (its a 1/2" impac...
by curtludwig
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: I didn't expect this....Fount ripped apart.
Replies: 30
Views: 787

Re: I didn't expect this....Fount ripped apart.

I just watched a video of a guy with an impact drill and he used a socket coming down over the valve assembly. Of course his broke right apart. (like it was loosened previously) LOL. Is that the way to go? I'd guess that guy was me. ;) The electric impact was always a crapshoot, sometimes it'd spin...
by curtludwig
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Rust removal from Dietz
Replies: 10
Views: 235

Re: Rust removal from Dietz

Everybody thinks their magic solution for rust removal is the best. Much tribalism. In reality it probably doesn't matter. I use citric acid because its cheap and is handy for many things beyond rust removal. I did a wick lantern once in a 5 gallon bucket. Worked a treat, I think I soaked it for may...
by curtludwig
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:31 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Refilling propane bottles
Replies: 50
Views: 940

Re: Refilling propane bottles

I've got some cans I've refilled many times. I do find that if its really cold out the bottles will hiss after filling no matter what. The same thing is true if you took if off a device when its cold out. I don't have a good marker for what "when its cold out" means. Certainly below zero F...
by curtludwig
Mon Jan 04, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Hooking up 20 lb tanks
Replies: 18
Views: 314

Re: Hooking up 20 lb tanks

When I was a Boy Scout in the late '80s/early '90s we ran our lanterns on a tree using a 20# propane tank. Used the same tree to fire a propane stove or two. Was a very efficient way to feed a bunch of hungry scouts on those campouts where hauling the 20# can was an option.
by curtludwig
Wed Dec 02, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Best mantle for a 335
Replies: 14
Views: 456

Re: Best mantle for a 335

The #21s should work, too. You may get a little bit of over burn, but a little less pressure in the fount would solve that. This is actually a very persistent myth, overburn is caused by too much fuel or not enough air, small mantles will work fine on big lanterns. https://youtu.be/960Q6VQpkXs
by curtludwig
Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: She was only 95...
Replies: 56
Views: 319

She was only 95...

Aww geez Murff, its been a tough year. Angie and I both lost our grandmothers this year. Mine was 100, almost 101, hers was 90. Dang tough year...
by curtludwig
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Wackiest Jobs
Replies: 88
Views: 1022

Wackiest Jobs

<p>Funny you should mention Radio Shack. I recently listened to a <a rel="nofollow" href="https://floppydays.libsyn.com/2013" target="_blank">couple of podcasts about the </a><a rel="nofollow" href="https://floppydays.libsyn.com/2013" target="_blank">TRS-80. T</a>hey mention how Tandy Corp (which ow...
by curtludwig
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:02 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Wackiest Jobs
Replies: 88
Views: 1022

Wackiest Jobs

I spent the 4 summers while I was in high school working at a Boy Scout camp. The last year I was the archery director and can proudly say there were no injuries on my range. I can't say the same about the summer I taught metal work in the craft shop...
by curtludwig
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Wackiest Jobs
Replies: 88
Views: 1022

Wackiest Jobs

The summer I started dating my wife I worked on the longest, highest drawbridge in north America. Started out as a form stripper, working under the bridge taking down the wooden form that holds the liquid concrete. Got to do a bunch of interesting things on that job.<br /><br />These days I teach pe...
by curtludwig
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Surface rust removal
Replies: 19
Views: 331

Surface rust removal

For a new painter I think Krylon is easier to work with than Rustoleum. Rustoleum is very thick and can be hard to lay down without runs. Krylon is much thinner and, for me, was easier to learn with. People will tell you to make sure to match brands between your primer and color coat, but I never ha...
by curtludwig
Tue Aug 25, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: How to make a preheat cup
Replies: 4
Views: 170

How to make a preheat cup

Somebody asked me about preheat cups the other day so I decided it was high time I showed how I make them.

https://youtu.be/wzG931D_FFQ
by curtludwig
Tue Aug 04, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: What’s your citric acid ratio?
Replies: 19
Views: 415

What’s your citric acid ratio?

The cool thing about citric acid is that you can mix it as strong as you want. I've gone so far as to keep adding crystals to hot water until it wouldn't dissolve anymore. <br />Its also way cheaper than vinegar, 5# of citric acid cost me $20 and has lasted 8 years. I broke the 5# bag down into zipl...
by curtludwig
Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 214A700 Conversion to Dual Fuel
Replies: 6
Views: 207

214A700 Conversion to Dual Fuel

<p>Willcat is right, kerosene lanterns are pretty much dual fuel right out of the box since the preheat is already there. You might find them a little dimmer with gasoline as it has less energy per volume than kero but they'll light and burn no problem, no changes required.</p><p>One warning though,...
by curtludwig
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: A video 8 months in the making!
Replies: 15
Views: 222

A video 8 months in the making!

Well that was weird...

What I meant to say was that its funny you should mention it, I like the audio on that video too. I'm not sure what I did differently but I'll try to duplicate it in the future.
by curtludwig
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:06 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: A video 8 months in the making!
Replies: 15
Views: 222

A video 8 months in the making!

[QUOTE username=adkbill userid=1671040 postid=1311807916]<br />Could not agree more<br /><br /><a data-placement="bottom" data-tag="@Curt" data-notified-userid="5817559" class="notifiedUser username" href="/profile/5817559" title="" data-original-title="" rel="nofollow" data-toggle="popover">@Curt</...
by curtludwig
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: A video 8 months in the making!
Replies: 15
Views: 222

A video 8 months in the making!

Thats hilarious, I actually laughed out loud.<br />Some years ago my friends and I replaced the head gasket in my old diesel car. I decided to use Hylomar on the gasket, I put a bead on and then spread it with my fingers and mechanics "rubber" gloves. I don't know what the gloves were made out of bu...
by curtludwig
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: A video 8 months in the making!
Replies: 15
Views: 222

A video 8 months in the making!

Interestingly Coleman Fuel and Kerosene react to different rubbers. Its been awhile since I checked but IIRC Buna-N is good for kerosene but Coleman Fuel really wants viton. Viton is of course way more expensive but you can get offcuts from eBay pretty reasonably.
by curtludwig
Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: A video 8 months in the making!
Replies: 15
Views: 222

A video 8 months in the making!

<span id="first_coloumn_"><span id="post_message_0"><span data-offset-key="b17li-0-0">Its been three months since I posted a video. This video had been 5 months in progress before that. Its still not the longest I've ever taken to make a video </span><span style="background-image: url('https://s...
by curtludwig
Fri May 01, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Emergency Stove
Replies: 90
Views: 840

Emergency Stove

Amazon will set you up. I like the Windy Nation ones but there are lots of brands that are probably fine. You'll find a lot of kits but they're usually 20w which is too small to be really useful and the price per-watt is usually really high.
by curtludwig
Fri May 01, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Emergency Stove
Replies: 90
Views: 840

Emergency Stove

Ahh. Another addition to your plan might be a 100w solar panel. Connected to your car battery you could then use an inverter to power small devices, like your battery charger, without having to run the car.<br />In a normal solar system you would also want a charge controller but 100w isn't very muc...
by curtludwig
Fri May 01, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Emergency Stove
Replies: 90
Views: 840

Emergency Stove

[QUOTE username=ECB userid=7177505 postid=1311384403]I have two Dewalt 20v LED lights that are great and a larger spotlight also by Dewalt 20v, it if we lose power and the grid, my Natural Gas Generator isn’t going to charge them,</blockquote><br />Why isn't your generator going to charge them? They...
by curtludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Is this what you call a flame up
Replies: 7
Views: 267

Is this what you call a flame up

I had a kero conversion flare up like that a year ago:
https://youtu.be/JSR3pvvDkGo
by curtludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: Just Bull
Topic: Profane NorthStar
Replies: 12
Views: 152

Profane NorthStar

A propane Northstar isn't ever going to be collectable. It is, however, a pretty good lantern for making light...
by curtludwig
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Emergency Stove
Replies: 90
Views: 840

Emergency Stove

For indoor emergency lighting, nothing beats a round wick lantern. An Aladdin lamp will put out way more light than most any flat wick lamp. It's basically silent and easy on fuel. They're more expensive to buy, especially than the cheapo wick lanterns made today but as Jim says they will last a lif...
by curtludwig
Thu Apr 09, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Tilley control cock removal?
Replies: 17
Views: 300

Tilley control cock removal?

I've done a video on rebuilding a Tilley lantern, they're really easy and fun to work on.

https://youtu.be/qon6cKADLks
by curtludwig
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Coleman camp ovens
Replies: 17
Views: 411

Coleman camp ovens

AFAIK there isn't any insulation in any Coleman oven. The Butterfly brand ovens sold by St. Paul Mercantile purport to have some insulation...<br />I found the Coleman oven is just perfect for Pumpkin pie...<br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EccyWYiow0U&t=49s" rel="...
by curtludwig
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Generator theory questions
Replies: 11
Views: 316

Generator theory questions

Boy talk about a question filled with controversy...<br />The first thing to remember is that these lanterns are designed to work in the high heat tropics and the cold frozen wastes. People will tell you that you can run 'em without a spring and I've found that to be true, except when its really col...
by curtludwig
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Is your pip, hip or a Hippo?
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Is your pip, hip or a Hippo?

Good point Steve! It's even worse in a Tilley where there are several pips that are pretty much constantly bathed in kero.
by curtludwig
Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Is your pip, hip or a Hippo?
Replies: 10
Views: 221

Is your pip, hip or a Hippo?

Fettlebox stuff is good but there is another eBay seller I can't remember the name of right now (Hoop Fly? Something like that) which is selling pips that will swell in the presence of kero. I contacted them about it and they shrugged me off. I didn't expect anything out of them but they didn't even...
by curtludwig
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Tilley lantern model
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Tilley lantern model

I made a video with a very similar lantern except the nickel on my is lousy: https://youtu.be/qon6cKADLks
by curtludwig
Tue Dec 31, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner?
Replies: 9
Views: 222

Ultrasonic cleaner?

I've got a cheap one from Amazon, I don't hardly use it anymore. A soak in citric acid straight up works just as well and doesn't require electricity...
by curtludwig
Wed Nov 27, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Can I convert this 1962 228E lantern to kerosene?
Replies: 23
Views: 507

Can I convert this 1962 228E lantern to kerosene?

[QUOTE username=Jay C B userid=6834147 postid=1310170631]Kero conversions are certainly doable—I’ve done a few. However, regardless of what you do to this 228, consider acquiring a model 629 (current version is 629C, I think). Coleman still sells these. They are large single-mantle, bulge-globe lant...
by curtludwig
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 237 Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 255

237 Questions

A 237 can burn a #21 with no overburn. If you've got overburn you've probably not got enough air.<br />People get upset every time I say that but those people haven't made a video on the subject:<br /><a href="https://youtu.be/960Q6VQpkXs" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://youtu.be/960Q6VQpkXs<...
by curtludwig
Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Can I convert this 1962 228E lantern to kerosene?
Replies: 23
Views: 507

Can I convert this 1962 228E lantern to kerosene?

If you're burning your lanterns a bunch and burn them mostly outside you'd probably do better just using RUG than converting to kero. I haven't seen kero cheaper than gasoline in a long time and since you're going to have to clean the generator more often anyway you might as well use the cheapest fu...
by curtludwig
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Trouble Shoot 275
Replies: 38
Views: 290

Trouble Shoot 275

275s are a little different than other lanterns. Perhaps this will help.

https://youtu.be/iaiyuaN8gVU
by curtludwig
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Legal information from the DOT RE: DOT 39 A.K.A. disposable propane cylinders.
Replies: 29
Views: 900

Legal information from the DOT RE: DOT 39 A.K.A. disposable propane cylinders.

[QUOTE username=dbhost userid=6851366 postid=1309482984]<br />That is very much the case. However I am having trouble imagining how a group of people interested in camping gear, would refill the propane cylinders yet not transport them.</blockquote><br />We use 1# cans in the Big Buddy heater at cam...
by curtludwig
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 321B on fire.
Replies: 6
Views: 200

321B on fire.

Its a pretty quick fix, easier than cleaning an FA tube.
by curtludwig
Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Schrader Valve Funtion
Replies: 14
Views: 268

Schrader Valve Funtion

I didn't measure it, its not obviously tapered anyway. AFAIK adjustability is handled by the needle in the gas jet. It would be very hard to handle adjustability at the valve end. The fuel will expand as it changes state (vaporizes) in the generator so any adjustment really has to occur after the st...
by curtludwig
Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: Schrader Valve Funtion
Replies: 14
Views: 268

Schrader Valve Funtion

This might help: <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/iaiyuaN8gVU">https://youtu.be/iaiyuaN8gVU</a><br /><br />I've done a little experimenting, regular tire schrader valves expand in contact with fuel. I'm working on a video but it'll be awhile. You could probably get away with ...
by curtludwig
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical Assistance
Topic: 275 questions
Replies: 16
Views: 357

275 questions

I made a video about the 275 awhile ago:
https://youtu.be/iaiyuaN8gVU

Don't be afraid to crank on that fount, if its not rusty anyway, 275 founts are quite strong.