PETROMAX (or Butterfly) LANTERN OPERATING
ALWAYS IGNITE THIS LANTERN
1. A few drops of Neatsfoot Oil
or Vaseline will help lubricate the plunger. (DO IT
NOW!) Turn the knurled plunger retainer cap (rough
feeling thing under small knob) counter clockwise
(left). When opened, a few drops of oil (any kind)
will do. If need be, scrape the leather for more
friction. Now ... re - tighten the retainer cap
(push down and turn it to the right till snug).
2. Unscrew the pressure gauge
and fill the lantern with KEROSENE, the fuel of
choice, (The cheap stuff). DO NOT OVERFILL ... tilt
the lantern 15 degrees with cap off, ....if no fuel
pours out of it, then you're o.k. Retighten the
gauge and the pressure release valve.
3. Make sure the control knob
(the big roundy looking thing has the arrow pointed
to twelve o'clock (up). This is the OFF position
.... (VERY, VERY important).
4. Hold tank firmly (big bright
thing on the bottom of the lantern) Now pump the
lantern (little roundy knob thingy), till you get
that RED LINE on the indicator. I should sound fumy
while pumping (kinda like "pfffffft")...that O.K.
.... it's working. When finished pumping, lock the
5. You DO NOT have to pre-burn a
new mantle. On the pre heater (that's the little
flippy thing a majig), there's a slot to place a
flame. Put an open flame into it now, and flip the
lever down. WHOAAAAH!!...WHAT A FLAME!! O.K, Let
the pre heater burn for a least a minute with oil
base fuels. It if doesn't light now . ....shut off
the pre heater so you don't flood the lantern with
raw fuel. Check your pressure indicator .... re
pump .... then try to relight it.
IF YOU USE STRAIGHT COLEMAN FUEL
OR GASOLINE IMMEDIATELY LIGHT THE LANTERN!!! YOU DO
NOT PREHEAT!!! PRE BURN A NEW MANTLE WITH COLEMAN
6. Now turn the control knob
(big roundy thing) around until the arrow points to
six o'clock (down). The mantle should light up
(kinda reddish glow for first 30 seconds or so),
and the lamp should start to get bright now. HEY!!
.... SHUT OFF THAT PRE HEATER!!!!! If you have some
black spots on the mantle, re pump the lantern ...
turn the control knob from six o'clock to one or
two o'clock, and then back to six o'clock a few
times .... or leave it at six o'clock. This should
clear the black off the mantle.
7. Now .... firmly hold the base
tank again and pump it until you get a "Y' on the
indicator. By the way .... if you shake the lantern
hard, while pumping it YOU WILL BREAK THE MANTLE SO
DON"T DO THAT!!!1!! You'll have to buy a new
mantle, if you do.
SOONER OR LATER...the lantern
will start to get dimmer. BEFORE IT GOES OUT ... re
pump, and it will get bright again. DON'T FORGET
WHAT I SAID ABOUT THAT MANTLE!!
1. Read over the "Trouble
Shooting Pointers, Possible Problems" sheet that
was sent with your lantern. (note: downloadable
from Survival Enterprises' Petromax owners manual
2. Every so often, about every
IOth or 12th time used, take a capful of liquid
carburetor cleaner or fuel injector cleaner and
pour it into the tank with your fuel. What this
does is CLEAN the internal brass parts, including
the tank, and bums out any condensated water. JUST
ONE CAPFUL IS SUFFICIENT .... just depends on how
much you use the lantern.
3. DO NOT .... store fuel in the
lantern for long periods of time. Different fuels
have different break down periods .... like, you
know...kerosene. Kerosene usually varnishes within
4 to 6 months. (NOT GOOD FOR YOUR LANTERN.)
4. CHECK ALL FITTINGS FOR LEAKS
Shipping can cause the parts to loosen up. Tighten
them up, if a flame is coming from other than the
mantle. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T LOSE THE FILLER CAP
WASHER (the rubber washer - #11 in your parts book)
on your first fill-up. It should seat really good
after the first lighting of the lantern .... you
know .... kind of an expansion thing.
5. IF THERE IS FUEL IN THE TANK,
when changing a globe or mantle, RELEASE THE TANK
PRESSURE, and turn the pointer on the light
brightness control knob down to six o'clock this
protects the needle (Part #68), NOT TO MENTION, IT
KEEPS FUEL OUT OF YOUR FACE. After replacing the
upper portion of the lantern .... turn the knob to
twelve o'clock when finished.
6. A little bit of hand soap on
the nozzle threads (part #3), will keep it from
7. EXTREMELY COLD AREAS, or
above 6,000 feet above sea level a 25% mix of
Coleman fuel or gasoline with the kerosene will
make the lantern easier to start and will not harm
the operation or efficiency of the lantern. You may
have to burn straight Coleman or Gasoline at higher
elevations or at sub zero temperatures.
8. PETROMAX mantles will outlast
all other mantles.
9. If you have a problem PUMPING
UP to the RED LINE scrape the leather washer on the
plunger this will give you more friction.
10. KEROSENE is the most
efficient and trouble free fuel to use in the
PETROMAX LANTERNS. got mosquitoes? (And who
doesn't?) .... try CITRONELLA oil WITH KEROSENE.
Just a 25% mixture is a good a mount to start with.
Diesel oil or lamp oil (scented or unscented) will
work well and not harm the lantern.
11. Remove a BROKEN MANTLE and
replaced IMMEDIATELY, or it will bum a hole through
the glass globe or melt the seal on the bottom of
the vaporizer tube. In extreme cold conditions, let
the LANTERN COOL DOWN on a low light for about five
(5) or ten (10) minutes before shutting it off ....
keeps the glass globe from cracking. (It's kinda
like quieting down a diesel engine.)
* Remember to always use battery
operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide
detectors in the home. It is prudent to protect
yourself from any potential hazards of using ANY
fuel burning appliance in your home.