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Found another Dietz at the flea market today. The first one I found a month or so ago was a classic older red "Comet" model in great shape sans filler cap. This one cost $3 and is a newer forest green "Mars" model, also missing the filler cap but otherwise unused.
It seems a bit cheaper in quality overall than the Comet. It's about the same size, but unlike the Comet the mechanism to lift the globe is on the opposite side as the wick adjuster.
The seller told me he had two but one was purchased before I got there. Funny thing is there was a baggy with the one I bought that had two green filler funnels and two wicks. I think the two lanterns the guy had were intended as a pair.
I kind of prefer the smaller size lanterns, and the Comet has already provided enough light to eat by.
Any local sources for the filler cap? I got the filler cap for the Comet online.
I'm happy I found this thread. I've had a cheap Dietz knock off for a few years now. I fill it with this citronella oil that does a pretty good job of keeping the bugs away. On the last couple of overnights that I did this past summer I started relying more on the oil lamp for light than my loud, super bright coleman. It gives off much more pleasant light, is silent as you all know, and just adds atmosphere to the camp that really contributes to that feeling of simplicity that we're all after. :) The thread inspired me to order up a W.K. Kirkman no.2 Champion and a Dietz #8 Air Pilot from lanternnet.com. I've been converted!
When I saw Melissa's kero lanterns at Syncrofest, I was hooked. Total atmosphere. Now I have a 1950-70 Dietz Comet, a Dietz Vesta( Syracuse, NY) and a 1894 bicycle lantern (20Th. Century Mfg. Co). Pics to follow
Battery operated ones don't make any noise and come in adjustable lighting patterns (bright enough to read by down to "mood" lighting"). I swear even the lamp oil that doesn't smell, I can smell. Only oil light I have ever cared for was a super cool olive oil lamp I got years ago in Portland, OR and lost in one of my many moves. Unfortunately, this was a lamp, NOT a lantern and you can;t use olive oil in a kerosene lantern.