How Does a Propane Lantern Work?

Save

Propane lanterns are much different than their solar-powered and incandescent counterparts. These lanterns, also known as gas or oil lanterns, have been around much longer than the other lanterns and can be seen at campfires and outdoor gatherings around the world. The propane lantern is used in a different way and provides a different kind of light. Learn how a propane lantern functions before using one to illuminate your campsite or guide you in the dark.

Fuel

  • A propane lantern will not work without propane. Fortunately, a propane lantern is easy to fill and refill. While some lamps require kerosene or other fuels, propane is the most common type of fuel used in commercial lanterns. If you are using a propane lantern, you must fill its fuel reservoir so that the lamp can burn as long as possible. This tank works with the lantern's mantle to provide a bright burning light.

Mantle

  • The mantle is a fiber piece added to the lantern. It often is a mesh piece made of silk or hemp that is attached next to the spot where propane is emitted. The fiber is boosted with salt and burns after the wick is lighted. Similar to an incandescent light bulb, this piece glows with light after a flame is put to the fuel. Cerium in the salt supplies light after the lantern is turned on and until the propane in the lantern's tank runs out and the mesh no longer is lighted.

Lighting the Lantern

  • A wick on the lantern is positioned where it can drive heat from its end to the propane outlet. This allows the mesh to be heated and provide light. The lantern must only be lit once to get light glowing. The wick will continue to illuminate until it is blown out, the fuel runs out or the lantern's switch is turned off.

Operating the Lantern

  • After the lantern is turned on, the tank supplies propane to the wick. The wick is lit and fire runs from the propane to the mesh. This produces the light that will burn until the lantern is turned off. You can do this by blowing out the mesh, turning the lantern off or emptying propane from the tank.

References

  • Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Propane Lantern Safety

    Propane lanterns provide a portable source of heat and light. They are popular for camping trips and other travel. University dormitory regulations...

  • How to Install a Mantle in a Coleman Propane Lantern

    Coleman lanterns have been known for innovation and reliability for more than 100 years. While Coleman offers LED powered lanterns, many still...

  • How to Light a Propane Lantern

    Lighting a propane lantern is relatively simple. After attaching the propane canister to the lantern, turn the gas on. Press the ignition...

  • How to Recycle Coleman Propane Tanks

    The green 16.4-ounce Coleman propane canisters that provide fuel for camping stoves, lamps and other outdoor appliances can be recycled only if...

Related Searches

Check It Out

22 DIY Ways to Update Your Home on a Small Budget

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!