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If you have a Coleman military-spec lantern and are looking for a case to house it, my friend Greg has a solution. He takes it from here.

Sometime ago, I lucked upon an old army lantern, which I childishly coined as “The Lieutenant”; aka, “Lieutenant Lantern”; aka, the “LT”.

Tiring of the fleece blanket wrap to keep the “LT” from banging around in back of the truck during trips, I bought a black Coleman Lantern Carry Case.  Designed to fit Coleman’s current line of lanterns, specifically the 220, 290, 295 and 3000000946, the hard case comes as two pieces – a cover shell and a base.  The lantern slots tightly into the base, which has two tabs that the cover shell snaps onto.

Unfortunately, with the taller army lantern inside, the shell comes about an inch short of snapping onto the base tabs.  The MacGyver voice within, promising a solution, kept the case from being returned.  A few weeks of back burner mental engineering and a “I-wonder-what-to-do…” afternoon later, I took a ragtag team of tools and set to work.
The inner wall of the Case’s base held the lantern an inch above its lowest portion.  If I could get the lantern an inch deeper into the base, then the cover shell would reach the base tabs.  I sliced off the inner walls of the base, sparing the four protrusions that friction-held the lantern down.  In order to get the lantern deeper in, the protrusions had to be sliced once more, at the horizontal.  By chance, what was left on the bottom were four upright protrusions that would hold the inside lip of the lantern’s bottom while the upper protrusions, despite most of the inner structure sliced off, still had enough rigidity to friction-hold the lantern.  With the lantern now sitting deeper in the base, the cover shell slides completely over and low enough to snap onto the base tabs.  Challenge conquered!

Now I can use that fleece blanket to wrap the old Coleman stove.

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Photo: Gregory McDonald

I asked for a Coleman Steel Belted Cooler last Christmas after seeing Greg’s in action on our various trips. It keeps food and ice cold for about 3 days, from what I’ve heard, as opposed to about the day our old cooler could manage. I asked for the stainless steel model on the premise that it would reflect more heat than a dark-colored one. It’s got a tight-fitting lid and a drain spout. Very nice.

Greg also offered me this tip: these plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store fit perfectly within the cooler, resting on an internal lip. If you keep the ice and water level below the bottom of the boxes, any food within them will stay dry. And cans of your favorite adult beverage will still fit underneath the suspended plastic boxes. Brilliant!

Thanks again, Greg!

Look at what my sweet girlfriend made me for my birthday. It’s a lantern jacket!

A couple of years ago I bought a non-functioning, early-70s, Coleman 200A lantern for $12 at an antique store. It sat around for a while until I ordered all of the parts, stripped it down and restored it. Here’s the how-to I used, if you’re restoring your own by the way.

It was really satisfying to rebuild it and get it to work. I didn’t have a case for it though and it would knock around in the back of the truck with an old towel draped over it for modicum of protection.

Then my girlfriend, Natalie, after borrowing my lantern under the guise of wanting to draw it, presented me with this amazing lantern jacket. It’s fully padded and even has a zippered picket for holding matches and spare mantles. I love it!

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Not happy roasting wieners on a stick? Itching to make homemade pizza on the trail? Roast squab, perhaps? If you have a rig that can carry an extra 41 lbs of cooking gear, I have just the thing for you: the Coleman Outdoor Portable Oven & Stove.

It’s powered by a 1-lb propane cylinder (or you can adapt it to a 20-lb cylinder, if you want to do more serious backwoods baking).

Up top, it sports two matchless, 6,000-btu burners. Down below a 3,000-btu oven with a temperature gauge helps ensure that you won’t burn your crusts. Maximum pizza width: 12 inches.

Available at Cabella’s for $250.

Via: GearPatrol.

Hat tip to Greg!