The purpose of this page is to collect technical information about Petromax lanterns

 Petromax History and theory of operation

 Petromax Parts and exploded view

 Restoring a Petromax lantern (rebuilding a lantern)   thanks to Jan Moeller

 How to light a Petromax - From user manual using the pre-heater

How to light a Petromax - using alcohol pre-heating

 Dating a Petromax (using patents features)

    A lantern from the 1960 to 1969 stamped with 4 numbers at the tank bottom:

    For example, the number is 4567.
    It means:
    Week 45, Year 1966 ,Day 7

Basic Troubleshooting

 Petromax 1500 Manual