Another epic camping season in the books and your lantern is looking like it brought back half the trail with it? Leave it up to us because we know how to make it shine again.
Cleaning your camping lantern is easier than you think. First, wipe down the outside and globe with warm water and dish soap. This will cut down on the amount of fuel you need to use, give you better control of your flame, and prevent rust and other corrosion.
For lanterns that use liquid fuel, you’ll want to keep the fuel line clear of buildup. To do this, drain the tank as much as possible when you know you won’t be using it for a while. This ensures that you’ll be getting as much fuel to the generator and burner as you need.
At the end of the season, make sure to store it properly by giving the lantern a good cleaning and then wrapping it in a sealed, plastic bag. This stops spiders and other bugs from crawling inside, potentially blocking the fuel and airflow.
When you’re ready to head out on your next adventure, oil the pump cup on the tank’s pump plunger with a light machine oil. This allows the cup to seal against the inside of the pump barrel so the pump will work smoothly and push air into the tank properly. Do this twice a year and your lantern will light the night season after season.