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Higgins profane question

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:52 pm
by fishinjimmy919
I was wondering if anyone here could tell me what type of propane cannister this Higgins lantern uses. Are they still available?

Thanks,

Jim

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:57 pm
by Leviticus_Tomethreus
The standard long torch ones

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:18 pm
by Tgarner01
Not all will fit, sorry I don't remember the recommended bottles (worthington maybe?) Others in the know will chime in shortly. Cool lantern ๐Ÿ‘

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Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:20 pm
by 25_502s
I am not sure the modern ones are a perfect fit. Seems like some adjustments may be necessary. But I could be wrong. It could be that the adjustment was needed on the upright version but I remember a thread about this sometime.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:29 pm
by fishinjimmy919
Thanks for the quick responses gentlemen!

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:55 am
by JimL
No, the modern ones will not fit. There's a seam in the current ones that will prevent you from inserting the bottle. I grab old bottles at yard and estate sales, and they can typically be had for a buck each.

Someone on the forum once mentioned grinding down that seam on the propane bottle to make it smaller so it would fit. I'm not sure if he is still with us.

An alternative is a modification to that tube by opening that weld, then spreading the tube open. Not something I'd want to do with a classic lantern like that.

That one is extra special. I've not seen or even heard of a re-badged Bernz-O-Matic rocket launcher. Plus, that's in really nice shape!

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:06 am
by 25_502s
JimL wrote: โ†‘Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:55 am .....Someone on the forum once mentioned grinding down that seam on the propane bottle to make it smaller so it would fit. I'm not sure if he is still with us......
Thatโ€™s almost a LOL, but I guess not.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:27 am
by JimL
Jason,

Yeah, that was intentional. That had to be the most dangerous suggestion ever posted on the forum.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 4:06 am
by fishinjimmy919
Ok thank you for the advice JimL

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:49 am
by sjsjr86s
you could just use a hose, just run it in and loop around. Designs like this are super cool makes you wonder what their aim was by doing that.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:51 am
by sjsjr86s
25_502s wrote: โ†‘Thu Apr 08, 2021 1:06 am
JimL wrote: โ†‘Thu Apr 08, 2021 12:55 am .....Someone on the forum once mentioned grinding down that seam on the propane bottle to make it smaller so it would fit. I'm not sure if he is still with us......
Thatโ€™s almost a LOL, but I guess not.
This is why I like Jim he not afraid ๐Ÿ˜‚

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:12 am
by JimL
>>This is why I like Jim he not afraid

LOL! Good one Steve!

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:22 am
by sjsjr86s
When I used to work at the Ford dealer one of the guys there told me about this really salty crurmudgeon who was a heavy smoker. he never put out his cigs when working on a fuel pump. one day they got a new shop foreman who came over and told him it wasn't very wise to do that. without saying a word he took his cigarette out of his mouth and put it out by dipping it in the gas sitting in the fuel tank and called him some choice words. The bossman just walked away and didn't bug him after that

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:37 am
by Hot_Diggity
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My quick graphic demonstration here shows the slight bottle height difference between old and current production bottles.

I've found that Worthington/Bernzomatic cylinders are slim enough at the center joint to fit. There may be a slight bump going in, but they fit in all of my rocket launcher lanterns and stoves and the dual beam.

The height difference is compensated for in the design with the gas tube sliding in or out for installation.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:44 am
by sjsjr86s
seems like the one on the left is a little fatter but shorter? is that the original that would fit? could be an optical illusion or i need to go to sleep and rest my eyes.

Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:07 am
by campinut
Or find an original to refill..campinut

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Re: Higgins profane question

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:44 pm
by sjsjr86s
campinut wrote: โ†‘Thu Apr 08, 2021 10:07 am Or find an original to refill..campinut

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that's awesome I love old fashined labels. Closest you get to something like this now is Dr. Bronner's soap but not nearly as cool as this.