Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters

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

Along with my Camping Gaz Bleuet 270 Micro Stove, I always wanted a 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 and 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 an 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 why I am doing this conversion.

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.

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern
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. 

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 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 conversion donor
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 Conversion donor
Coleman Peak 1 out of the box.

   Step #1: Remove the red plastic housing.

Coleman Peak 1 Conversion donor
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?

Coleman Peak 1 Conversion donor
All the parts of the stove.

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

Camp Gaz Valve
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.  

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 lantern
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.

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern
The old Camping Gaz valve was removed and the 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.

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern
A 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
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 end of the mantle is pre-tied and the other end is open.

Coleman Slip-on #51 Rosette-style Mantles
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. 
Coleman Mantles Pre-burn
Prepare the mantle by pre-burning.

The 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. Both times that I lit the lantern, I did it by 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.

Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern
Conversion Complete.

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 because fuel canisters could not be sourced. 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. 

Now It's Your Turn-

Leave a comment about your Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern. Do you still use it today? Did this post save your lantern from the trash and back to many more years of lighting up the campsite?


Anonymous said…
When you change the valves you should also change the jets `cause the stove jet is 0,62`` and the lantern jet is 0,19``

Happy camping
I had seen the changing of the jets on another post. I came home and did this. Other than the overall size of the jet fitting, I cannot see any difference in the burn or rate of burn.

I do see the overall size of the two is different but is the jet it's self a different size? It looks to be the same size.

Thanks for your comment
Anonymous said…
By the way you can use this adaptor - good working ...

Happy camping
Beeman1 said…
do you think this could work on the GT model?
Beeman1- I have never seen the GT taken apart before. If the lantern assembly looks like what I have posted here then there might be a good chance. But without seeing it I cannot say for sure. Does that lantern take 100-110 gram cartridge?