Gas lanterns run on either white gas (a type of petroleum) or 16-ounce canisters of propane. They last longer in cold weather and are much brighter than battery-operated models, and you can use them to heat up a shelter when it’s cold at night. Both fuels are much more economical and last longer for their weight than a battery.
1. You need to produce a lot of light for a big area.
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A white-gas lantern is stingy on fuel and big on cost savings. White-gas lanterns can throw light for hours—important if you are using the lantern for long-term activities, such as marking your return spot on a dark shoreline when you’re out fishing most of the night. These also excel for use in a camp where you’ll be spending more than a day or two, because you can bring in enough fuel (and make light inexpensively) for long-term use. Some liquid-fuel lanterns operate on either white gas or unleaded gasoline, making them the lanterns of choice in remote areas, where a gas station might be the only retail operation for miles.
3. You need a lightweight, easily packable lantern.