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Feuerhand Storm Lantern

Feuerhand Storm Lantern

Despite all the modern high tech lamps available, the traditional paraffin powered “storm lantern” is still a popular item, thanks mainly to its utter simplicity, reliability, ease of maintenance and durability.

Possibly the best model of storm lantern I have used has to be the “Feuerhand” storm lantern, a high grade, solidly built model of classic design.  Made from 0.3mm steel with hardened wire fittings and a Schott-Suprax glass globe, the Feuerhand storm lantern has a self-venting hood, a long hanging and carrying bale handle, smooth operating globe lifting lever (which can lock in the “up” position) and a cool handling wick adjuster.

The fuel reservoir holds about 0.34L (enough to last approx. 20 hours and easily enough to light the longest night) and has an easy-to-access screw-in filler cap.

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The lantern measures approx. 26cm high and 15cm across the widest point.  Spare globes, wicks, filler caps and burner units are easily available from Casstroms should you break, lose or use up these items.

The finish on these storm lanterns is very good – far better than some cheap eastern imports I have used - and the test lantern has burned for quite some time without yet needing the globe de-sooting.  The lantern burns with a clear steady bright light (using quality paraffin) and will accept kerosene/paraffin or other cool burning lamp oil.  The light given has a mellow quality, unmatched by electric lanterns.

In a “burn test” the lantern was left to run on one tank of fuel and despite my lighting it first thing in the morning it had not run out of fuel before I went to bed over 14 hours later and was burning as clearly and as well as when I first lit it – despite hanging out in rain, hail and high winds!

A quality, traditional storm lantern, the Feuerhand, made in Germany, costs around £19.95 for the tin plated version or around £26.95 for the painted option, which is available in Red, Green or Black.

For more information visit www.casstrom.co.uk or phone tel. 01628 330330.

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