Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters

 This is the second post of our two-part series. Check out our previous post    Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters.


Along with my Camping Gaz Bleuet 270 Micro Stove, I always wanted the Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 lantern to be apart of my camp kitchen. For whatever reason at the time, I never purchased one. It seemed to make sense to have a small backpacking style lantern that could use the same fuel canister as my stove. With fall and winter camping you could normally get the cooking done before it would get dark. But clean-up was always a different story. A lantern would aid in lighting up the camp kitchen for clean-up.

Since I was able to successfully convert a Camping Gaz Turbo 270 to threaded fuel canisters I should/could do the same thing with the Bivouac 270 lantern. I was able to source a package deal on-line and purchased another Turbo 270 along with the Bivouac 270 lantern.

I know there are questions as to why spend the money on doing the conversion or that lantern weights to much for backpacking or there are headlamps that give off more light than this lantern? These are all good questions! The best answer I can give as to why do this is that I always wanted a Bivouac 270 lantern and now I have a matching stove and lantern set. Sometimes it's not about weight, distance or the trail. It's about the meal and it's about the people you are with. I can see using the Bivouac 270 in and area that you cannot have a campfire but the glow of the lantern provides that light that people hang around to share a meal, tell stories and tall tales. That is what we remember and that is my why.


The Bivouac 270 Lantern and the Camping Gaz Bleuet 270 Micro Stove both use a sealable CV270 220-gram or CV470 450-gram canisters.  As with the stove, the same disadvantage to this lantern was you could only use the Camping Gaz canister with this lantern. All other manufacturers use a threaded connector canister.

The Bivouac 270 Lantern


The Bivouac 270 Lantern comes with a plastic carrying case that helps protect the lantern in transport inside your pack or bag. There is limited movement inside the case and one of the simple features that I like about the lantern. 

Bivouac inside its plastic carrying case


Next, I needed a donor stove for the valve that is needed for this conversion.  The Coleman Peak 1 (3001 series) stove is what I am going to use. The stove can be easily found and runs under $20.


Coleman Peak 1 is needed as a donor


The Coleman Peak 1 right out the box. I was a little taken back at the overall quality of this stove. 


Coleman Peak 1 out of the box



   Step #1: Remove the red plastic housing.

One side of the plastic housing off.


Step #2: Once the housing is off removed all other parts of the stove. What's that blue that I see?


All the parts of the stove



   Step#3: Remove black dummy cap from the blue turn Knob

Guess what? That is a Camping Gaz valve


Disassembly of the Bivouac 270 is straight forward. Remove the reflector, globe, and then unscrew the burner from the valve.  

Bivouac 270 disassembled 

Reassembly is simple and just a little different in the steps of disassembly. First screwing the new Camping Gaz valve from the Colman Peak 1 stove to the lantern body.

Old Camping Gaz valve removed and new Camping Gaz valve in place

I found it easier to mount the lantern body to the threaded fuel canister before slipping the mantle on.


New valve and lantern burner mounted to the threaded fuel canister


Replacement mantles have been a little difficult for me to find. I ended up finding the two per pack Coleman #51 mantles at a local Bass Pro Shop. Primus also carries its thorium free mantles for their mini lanterns which come three per pack. Prices seem to vary quite a bit and you should be able to find the Coleman #51 mantles for $3 and Primus list theirs for $6.95. If you could source the Camping Gaz mantles they would be a size S. But any slip-on mantles should work. 

Coleman Slip-On #51 rosette-style Mantles

The mantle is designed to slip-on the lantern burner post and needs to be unfolded in a sphere-like shape. It can be a little trying to get on the post. Just make sure you cover all the burner jets with the mantle. In the picture below the green in of the mantle is pre-tied and the other end is open.

Make sure the mantle is covering the hole on the lantern burner

Pre-burn the mantle in a well-ventilated area.  Once completed the pre-burn carefully put the globe on. The mantles can be damaged after the pre-burn so it will be a good idea to have spare mantles on-hand. 
Prepare the mantle by pre-burning



Finished conversion test lighting was a success! It took me far longer to get everything needed than to do the actual conversion. A word of warning is due. Both times that I lit the lantern I did it from opening the reflector. The lantern lights fast and also flames up at first. It is a little difficult to close the reflector once lit. There are holes at the bottom of the lantern housing and that might be the best way to light the lantern. This is still an open flame and rules in high fire-threat areas should be followed.



There you go! I was able to take the lantern that used non-threaded fuel canisters and convert it over to use threaded fuel canisters. I am sure this lantern sat in someone's garage or gear closet for years. The lantern fired up like it was used on a backpacking or canoeing trip last week. Just goes to show you how dependable of a canister lantern the Bivouac 270 is. 






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