Easy to understand instructions
May 7, 2018
As one reviewer guessed this is an Austramax lantern. I appreciated the easy to understand instructions, especially the starting instructions that tell you to preheat the generator leaving the fuel valve open THEN pump up air pressure. This "soft start" method keeps you from blowing the bottom of your mantle out from cranking open the fuel valve with a full pressurized tank like petromax and the others. No blowtorch preheater with this lamp, just a simple cup for alcohol. Works every time
Things to know about the Aussie lamp
Sep 2, 2017
I ordered one and took it to my cabin in a remote area in the Canadian woods. Unpacked it and was surprised to find that you need to have "menthylated spirits" in addition to the kerosene. The spirits go into a little dish and are lit to preheat the burner. Menthylated spirits turn out to be the same as denatured alcohol, but I wasn't able to find anyplace that sells it. Finally tried rubbing alcohol and that worked. It's a great lamp, but they should tell you about this before you buy it! Also, the dish for the spirits needed to be moved to a different position. The instructions don't mention this, but I figured it out by looking at the illustration. Finally, the box it came in had a sticker saying it was 'designed and manufactured in the USA' so not sure how this is an Australian product. However, once I got it working, the lamp puts out a very nice, bright light.
Real world experience
Jul 26, 2016
I am a service tech. here at Lehman's. I fix and repair all style's of lanterns. So I got the opportunity to test a Aussie Buss Light with my friends and their families as well as mine during our annual family camp out. I hung it from a tree that was in a central area of our campsite. So at dusk I lit the lantern and it lit up the whole campsite all evening and well into the night. I loved it as well as everyone else. Very well built durable lantern.
May 26, 2015
I'm not sure if this is the same as the Austmax kero lamps we have here in Australia. If it is, you'd be hard pressed to find a more reliable lamp. I still see ones from the 50's being used here in the bush. Most farms and stations (we don't call them ranches here) still have some kicking about.
Jan 26, 2015
You can see me burn this light in the video we provided. It's bright, reliable light. The thing that most impressed me about it from the beginning, though, is its made in Australia quality. It will be the one camping light you can pass on to your kids!