Fuel-Burning Lanterns

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Recent Fuel-Burning Lantern Reviews

Generic vintage candle lantern

rated 2.5 of 5 stars The UCO candle lanterns are high quality and I don’t see similar ones made by other companies for sale now. However historically there were all types of candle lanterns. This one I found in a box of camping gear at a garage sale and probably dates to the '70s. It is made from thin aluminum, and the glass globe just slides up (kind of odd glass, perhaps it melted a little at some point?). Still, it works OK. I have tried tea lights in it and they work OK, but are a little dim. It seems to work… Full review

UCO Original Candle Lantern + LED

rated 4 of 5 stars UCO Original Candle Lantern Duo kit with LED light. At one point, they sold the candle lantern as a kit that included a LED light that fits in the bottom of the lantern.  (The light doesn’t go through the lantern, but rather is used more when the unlit lantern is held as if it were a flashlight.) LED light works on coin cells. The LED light can be used in the lantern or removed and used separately. It has a little clip so it can stand up.  It also comes with an elastic band that can be attached… Full review

UCO Fleece Storage Sack for Candle Lantern

rated 5 of 5 stars UCO Fleece cover for Original Candle lantern These candle lanterns have a glass globe which needs to be protected as they can break. Also, the chain can get caught on other things when it is loose. The fleece cover is a good solution for this as it both provides protection, and packs the chain away. I don’t think the fleece provides quite as much protection as the neoprene Cocoon cover. However the fleece is more flexible in that it also fits the Micro and Mini candle lanterns.  (I know they… Full review

UCO Pac-Flat Reflector

rated 4 of 5 stars I bought this mainly because, surprisingly, once my eyes adjust to the dark, the candle lantern can be rather bright since the light goes out in all directions. I thought this could direct the light down, away from my eyes.  It works well for that.  It is light and packs small.   It is a little fiddly to set up. You have to curve it and put the studs through the corresponding holes on the other half to create the shape, then it slips down over the wire bale. Sometimes, when I get the studs in… Full review

UCO Mini Candle Lantern

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Awesome nonelectric light! I bought this as alternative to the Micro because of the potential for the Micro to spill. It doesn’t pack as small as the Micro, but is still smaller and lighter than the regular candle lantern. I like how it uses tea lights, which are super cheap. Because this one can be hung without a large risk of spilling, it is good for reducing condensation in a tent.  Unfortunately, a tea light won’t quite last all night. I generally just set it up, and if I wake in the early… Full review

UCO Side Reflector

rated 3.5 of 5 stars I bought this mainly because, surprisingly, once my eyes adjust to the dark, the candle lantern can be rather bright since the light goes out in all directions. I thought this could direct the light away from my eyes. It works OK for that, but is intended more to direct the light in another direction. (I later got the Pac-Flat Reflector and that works great because it directs the light downward, away from my eyes.) It is pretty easy to use, it just clips on to the side. It does take up a little… Full review

UCO Micro Candle Lantern

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Smaller, but can spill wax. I bought this as alternative to the regular candle lantern because it packs smaller and uses tea lights. Tea lights are super cheap. It is great at that, but unfortunately, it has a big drawback that tea lights liquefy quickly once lit. There are vents at the bottom of the light which will allow molten wax to run out if spilled from the tealight. That is almost certain to happen if the lantern is hung, especially if in a tent to reduce condensation, or moved. Warning:… Full review

UCO Original Candle Lantern

rated 4 of 5 stars Great alternative to electric light. I confess that I have a few of these candle lanterns and have to admit I really like them, even though they are an “old technology” and are heavier and larger than new technologies such as LEDs. They come in multiple colors, however I prefer the plain aluminum to the colored ones, except for the brass.   It seems that you have to buy their candles which are a little expensive, but are of high quality. (I would be hesitant to use substitute candles if I could… Full review

Primus EasyLight

rated 5 of 5 stars I used this lantern in Glacier for many backpacking trips. I was wondering if anyone knows what size the seals that are in the housing that screws onto the tank. Mine seem to be worn out and I need to replace them. I have called Primus but they sent me the wrong seals. If anyone knows the the size please list it. I have a good hardware store with an abundant supply of seals.-( o-rings ). Love them used in all my backpacking trips. Fits into pack well and is protected by plastic case. Full review

Top-Rated Fuel-Burning Lanterns

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Coleman #21 Mantles
$2
Coleman Instaclip Mantles
$3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Side Reflector
$3
 
Soto Compact Mantle Set
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
UCO Candelier Candle Lantern
$8 - $39
GSI Outdoors Fiesta Candle Lantern
$10 - $11
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Pac-Flat Reflector
$10 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
UCO Micro Candle Lantern
$12 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Mini Candle Lantern
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman 2 Mantle Dual Fuel Lantern
$15 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
UCO Original Candle Lantern
$16 - $29
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Ozark Trail Propane Lantern
$18 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
REI Candle Lantern
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Original Candle Lantern + LED
$20 - $26
UCO Original Candle Lantern Kit
$20 - $26
L.L.Bean Original Candle Lantern
$28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Deluxe PerfectFlow Lantern
$45
 
Coleman Quickpack 2-Mantle Lantern
$32
Snow Peak Mini Flame
$40
 
Snow Peak Large Globe Clear
$40
Snow Peak Pile Driver
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Coleman 2 Mantle Propane Lantern
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman Northstar InstaStart Propane Lantern
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman F1 Lite Lantern
$55 MSRP
Soto OD-LRC Compact Lantern, Refill
$58
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Primus EasyLight
$59 - $65
Kovea Adventure Gas Lantern
$60
 
Coleman Quickpack 2-Mantle InstaStart Lantern
$60
Coleman NorthStar Electronic Ignition Propane Lantern
$64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Northstar PerfectFlow InstaStart Propane Lantern
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Snow Peak GigaPower Lantern, Auto
$75 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Premium Powerhouse Dual Fuel Lantern
$82
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Primus Micron Lantern
$82 MSRP
Coleman Premium 2 Mantle Dual Fuel Lantern
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Northstar Dual Fuel Instastart Lantern
$118
Coleman Northern Nova
$150
Snow Peak GigaPower BF Lantern
$226 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak GigaPower WG Lantern
$340 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Northern Lights Eclipse
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Northern Lights Sundog
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Campingaz Lumostar C 270 PZ
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Soto Mantleless Lantern
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (5)
Campingaz Lumostar C 270
 
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Texsport Double Mantle Propane Lantern
 
Snow Peak Glass Globe Small
 
Kovea Observer Gas Lantern
 
Coleman #9970 Push-On Mantles
Snow Peak Lantern Hanger Small
Primus Tor Lantern
 
Kovea Soul Gas Lantern
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