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Most will say "What an one-who-thinks-I-am-silly" but I figured I'd post this anyway. In hindsight I woulda waited longer, I certainly coulda waited longer and now I know I shoulda waited longer. While out on Sat. my trusty Coleman started to run low. I set it outside the portable assuming the cold air wouldn't take long to cool it down for a refill. WRONG! Although the top felt cool, either a small glow in the mantle or a still too hot globe could have cost me dearly. While refilling the tank the white gas ignited and the small explosion blew the gas up onto my hand and clothing. I was fortunate to extinguish the flames with 2nd degree burns to all 4 fingers on my left hand. I was lucky that the suit I had on was not flammable as I may not be typing this if it were. I was alone and nowhere near any other anglers. Had the flames spread quickly I would have been in deep *%it. 30 seconds to double check would have saved all the hassle. I have refilled my lantern many times before and think I was just too comfortable with the process that I didn't think. Without proper thought this can be a dangerous sport. When dealing with propane or white gas, NEVER ASSUME. It can be the true definition of the old *** out of U and ME saying and certainly much worse.

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Scalescratcher, glad to hear you are relatively O.K. Hope you fingers heal fast.

Brian

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Were you simply exchanging a one pound canister or were you actually trying to refill the tank while on the ice?

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Sounds like he was refilling the liquid gas resevoir on his white gas lantern. Mine is the same style.

I'm glad to hear you are reletively okay. I will keep this in mind when operating my lantern. I guess I've never had it empty while I was using it.

Good luck with a speedy recovery.

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Wow, glad your ok with minors, that could have been bad. Good advise, never assume. Theres a reason why they spell assume that way cause it allways makes an *** out of u an me. Hope ya did'nt take that wrong. Fast healing. Later boar

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Could have been a lot worse and you were thinking enough to fill it outside.
The burns will go away but the learning experience will last forever. smile.gif

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Glad to hear the you are doing ok. I had a similar experience this summer while camping. I did not let the lantern cool down long enough. One of the mantles, or something must have still been hot enough. and when I started to pour in the gas, it caught on fire. Flames where shooting out of the pour hole like crazy. i still don't know how I did it with out getting burned but I was able to get the cap back on, and put out the fire.

Scott

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