Fuel-Burning Lanterns

Brands

Coleman
UCO
Soto
GSI Outdoors
Ozark Trail
REI
L.L.Bean
Snow Peak
Primus
Kovea

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Fuel-Burning Lantern Reviews

Primus Micron Lantern

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, compact, great lil unit. It was bright enough to light up under an awning. My only concern was this was not a fast setup device. You have to burn the mantle until it's all white which can take a few minutes. Definitely start assembly before it gets dark if this is your only means of light for the night. The mantle appears to be brittle after use and I'm not sure it will withstand being in my hiking pack for another trip. Overall it is great for heat and light and is light enough to pack in… Full review

UCO Original Candle Lantern

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I carried one of these (as well as other candle lanterns) for years, then... Once upon a time I never went into the woods for an overnight without a candle lantern of one kind or another. I probably had five or so different makes and models. They still lurk in my gear storage. This is one of the better ones, maybe the best one. For example, this lantern gives nearly 360 degree light as many do not. Still, all candle lanterns have problems and this is no exception. There is potential for spilled… Full review

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

Top-Rated Fuel-Burning Lanterns

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Coleman #21 Mantles
$3
Coleman Instaclip Mantles
$3
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
UCO Side Reflector
$4
UCO Replacement Glass
$4
 
Coleman #20 Tie Mantles
$4
Soto Compact Mantle Set
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
UCO Candelier Candle Lantern
$10 - $39
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Pac-Flat Reflector
$10 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
UCO Mini Candle Lantern
$11 - $14
Coleman Adjustable 2-Mantle Lantern
$11 - $13
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
UCO Original Candle Lantern
$13 - $32
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (2)
UCO Micro Candle Lantern
$14
GSI Outdoors Fiesta Candle Lantern
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Coleman 2 Mantle Dual Fuel Lantern
$15 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
UCO Original Candle Lantern + LED
$16 - $24
 
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (8)
Ozark Trail Propane Lantern
$18 MSRP
UCO Original Candle Lantern Kit
$19 - $26
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
REI Candle Lantern
$20 MSRP
L.L.Bean Original Candle Lantern
$28
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Coleman Deluxe PerfectFlow Lantern
$45
Snow Peak Mini Flame
$32 - $39
Coleman Quickpack 2-Mantle Lantern
$32
 
Snow Peak Large Globe Clear
$40
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Coleman 2 Mantle Propane Lantern
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Primus Micron Lantern
$49
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coleman Northstar InstaStart Propane Lantern
$70
Snow Peak Pile Driver
$53 - $55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Coleman F1 Lite Lantern
$55 MSRP
Soto OD-LRC Compact Lantern, Refill
$58
Kovea Adventure Gas Lantern
$60
 
Coleman Quickpack 2-Mantle InstaStart Lantern
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Primus EasyLight
$63 - $65
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
$80 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 Lantern Hanger Small
 
Snow Peak Lantern Hanger Large
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Coleman Xcursion Lantern
discontinued
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
EMS Aluminum Candle Lantern
discontinued
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