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  • #3519
    Anonymous
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    Having said that I love my petrol Colemans stove and lantern in the Motors posting I just got the catelogue through the door from “the Tackle Box”, Dartford, Kent (and on the net) who were very good when I needed to replace the pump cup.
    However last weekend I saw a Tilley lantern for the first time and although I have heard of them I was curious if anyone uses one and rates it over the petrol lantern. The Tilley burns parafin (or kerosene). It is also twice the price but it looks so good! How well does it work compared to petrol? Thanks in advance for any answers
    Dave

    #5378
    Anonymous
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    On a slightly different, but connected subject – any thoughts on fumes from petrol stoves/lanterns? Logic dictates that something noxious must come out.

    #5381
    Anonymous
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    Hi Matt, As I know you must have admired photos of my spacious home made mk3 you will be aware it is spacious and extremely well ventilated (perish the thought it should blow or rain!)……..so fumes not an issue! Actually I have never had any issue with the stove but the lantern my wife complains about……..and lighting it is always exciting…….definitely open space reqd…………..once sealing the sleeping area I would switch to a torch definitely.
    cheers Dave
    ps your trip down west looked excellent (on my road atlas)

    #5492
    Anonymous
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    Hi,

    Just a couple of thoughts on Tilleys. I thought that Tilley Lamps have now shut down. I went to a wedding in Northern Island a few years ago and we picked up a guest who happened to be the son of ‘Mr. Tilley’. The factory was closing and we got the last Tilley ever to come out of the factory – FREE! 🙂 Whilst I love it, spares for them are becoming more and more of an issue. Try going into Millets and asking for a Tilley mantle, they look at you like you are from another planet. On the plus side, nothing quite beats sitting in a tent with the hiss and pop of a Tilley. Yes, there is a definite smell but I think its all part of the atmosphere. Having said that, we use it on our family camping trips in a very big tent so fumes aren’t a prob. Hope this helps.

    Martyn

    #5493
    Anonymous
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    Some one must have bought the Tilley name out of the ashes……they are definitely in business now and the lantern looked superb……..go via the internet for spares……(obviously you’ll have broadband in the big tent)…I’ll resist the urge to criticise the Milletts knowledge base, I’m no grumpy hate shopping type!
    cheers Dave

    #5879
    Anonymous
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    Tilley have definitely closed. I know this as a couple of years ago during a trip to NI we had to pick up a guest for a wedding we were attending. THis guest happened to be the son of the owner. At that time they were in the very final stages of closing the factory. We were lucky enough to get the last Tilley (made from bits that were lying around) that came out of the factory.

    You’ve got to love a Tilley! Not only does it give fantastic light but they are warm. Never used one on a boat though as the thought of spillages would bother me.

    #5888

    As far as I am concerned when camping light = LED.

    Now does anyone know of a waterproof solar battery charger?

    Gordon

    #5889
    W10143
    Member

    Gordon

    Nauticalia used to do a waterproof Solar Torch – can’t see one in their latest catalogue, but a ‘phone call might get one.

    David

    #5900
    Swiebertje
    Participant

    Hmm, if Tilley’s is out of business what is this then: http://www.tilleylamp.co.uk/

    Personally I prefer a real storm proof anchor light like this one: http://www.dhr.nl/index.php?productID=164&node=2&subcategoryID=0
    DHR is not cheap but their lanterns meet all standards and regulations at sea.

    Another interesting link: http://base-camp.co.uk/

    #5995
    Smillie
    Member

    Similar to the “Tilley” is the Vapalux lamp, also sold under “Bialaddin”. Try an e-bay search and you may have some success. Use either Tilley mantles, or buy from, I think, Willis and Bates, the lamp manufacturer. (Be careful not to inhale the dust from old mantles as you change them. Use a wet tissue trap it.)

    Like the Tilley, this lamp uses paraffin (kerosene) rather than petrol, and like the tilley, it needs methylated spirits to light up.

    #6103
    Jim.Byers
    Member

    I once considered Tilley, but was put off when i was told paraffin creats one pint of water for every gallon burned.
    Jim.Byers W8206

    #6104
    Anonymous
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    @Matt773 wrote:

    On a slightly different, but connected subject – any thoughts on fumes from petrol stoves/lanterns?

    As long as the fumes are downwind of the seasick crew, fumes are not an issue!

    #6119
    Anonymous
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    True. Crew eh! They are either being sick or fainting.

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