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    I love old solutions to problems. Throwing microcontrollers and electronics at problems is great, but it's so lazy. There are no really elegant solutions anymore.

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    The wheel on the front of the shield is a striker for lighting the lantern. It uses a flint like a Zippo lighter and lights the same way. The cap on the back side screws on to hold a spring and a flint.

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    I still have a couple of these, one the same as this but the other was a taillight for a mine car. Nickle plated with a red glass lens. The problem with carbide is that it crumbles in the can and powdered carbide doesn`t produce acetylene, it has to be chunky. A dab of carbide in a small container under a three lbs. coffee can with a nail hole near the open end will get about 100' up if it`s done right, lol.

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    We had these lamps as a kid. I wonder can you still buy the carbide today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrickieDickie View Post
    We had these lamps as a kid. I wonder can you still buy the carbide today?
    Yes, google miner`s grade carbide and there are several places to buy it.



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