lanterns & mantles
Primus has developed gas lanterns for almost as long as stoves. Although both devices offer combustion technology, they fulfil a different role: the lanterns’ main job is to produce light. But since a gas flame does not serve as a light bringer, the key is the lantern’s mantle. With the right handling and the know-how of he mantle, a gas lantern is a great piece of equipment for trekking tours and expeditions.
WHAT'S A MANTLE AND HOW DO I USE IT?
Every gas lantern needs a mantle. It is one of the most crucial parts. A gas flame alone does not spread much light. Thus you need a catalyst to gain a proper lamp. Gas lanterns use oxide. These oxides are being created by burning special kinds of salt that are applied to the surface of the mantle’s fabric. Depending on the salt the flame brings it to glow in a colder (“white”) or warmer (“yellow”) light. When setting the mantle on fire it will burn, leaving a construction built on salt crystals.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS WHEN CHANGING A MANTLE
It's forbidden to use gas lanterns in non-ventilated rooms. Using gas lanterns inside a tent can be extremely dangerous and should only be considered as an emergency action with the right precautions taken: make sure the tent is well ventilated, that the lantern is never out of sight and that you are not getting tired.