Jan 6, 2017
People leaving bad reviews, do you understand what it's really mean for? I would recommend warming tea or such, but this would work best if you needed to melt snow to survive.
I really wanted to love this lantern
Jan 1, 2017
I thought it was a fantastic idea! But the quality is just not there. I received both a green and black one and on each of them the metal on top was bent-- To the point where it's difficult to put the metal bracket on and take it off without feeling like you're going to break it. The rest of the lantern is great but I wish that the quality was better.
Jan 4, 2014
Two comments-- No where on the box nor the directions does it tell you the type fuel required. Is kerosene ok? Second, it is made in China. I didn't know that Dietz was a Chinese name.
Lehman's says: Sorry for the confusion! Yes, Dietz lanterns burn kerosene. The lanterns were invented and originated by the Dietz family in New York in 1845. Forced to close their USA factory in 1970, Dietz lanterns remain the highest quality lanterns available from China.
Jan 2, 2014
I tested this Lantern out. It worked well, and for boiling water it took some time. I was in the barn and the air temp. was 25 F. and the Lantern was set on high (just UNDER smoking). 8 oz. of water in the large pan with cover on. Temp. was taken with an air conditioning setup thermometer. Start Time Water Temp 2:30 pm 40 F 2:40 pm 95 F 2:50 pm 160 F 3:00 pm 195 F 3:10 pm 210 F 3:20 pm Light Rolling Boil It did work so if it worked for water it will work for other things. It also keeps my hands warm. Thank You.
May 5, 2013
I love this Lantern! I've had mine for a few years now, and when they went on sale this year I knew that's what everyone was getting for Christmas! Great for heating soup, I've even cooked eggs in it!
Apr 20, 2013
This my 2nd Dietz lantern, 1st with the cooker. Works well, I wouldn't count on it as an efficient way to boil water, but it heats stuff up nicely. Overall a good item to have for camping and/or emergency use.
Apr 13, 2013
I just received this lantern and tried it out inside my kitchen. I put about 6oz tap water into the larger cup with the lid on. It was 175 degrees in 18min and boiling in slightly less than 30min. I had the flame turned down as recommended. No soot on the bottom of the pan. The lantern seems to be very sturdy and the stabilizer would probably come in handy outside. A stainless steal version would be nice though I'm not crazy about using aluminum.
Mar 16, 2013
Bad weld contruction. Top section is crooked welded more than half an inch. Globe nearly breaks when lifted. Top fits very poorly.
Dec 30, 2012
The Box claims this lantern/cooker can boil water. Well after a 45 minutes the half full mini pan of water was steaming but not boiling. My test run was done inside the house (so no wind and well above freezing temps). I would not count on this thing cooking anything out in our cold windy Wyoming climate. On more thing the temp required to boil at my altitude is 199 degrees. This lantern cold not even get that done.... But works great as a overpriced light source...
Dec 29, 2012
Was disappointed that one of the little pans had a popped rivet and the handle came off. Other wise, worked great. I found that I needed to keep the lid on if I wanted to bring water to a full boil. Just went through 5 days of no power, and had hot water for tea and washing, poached eggs, and even popped single servings of corn on top of the lantern. I had a small 2 1/2 cup stainless steel pan that fit perfectly on top.
Nov 1, 2012
I agree that the lantern puts out good light, but it doesn't heat well enough to boil water and that is inside with the power on. Turning it up higher only produces more smoke. It is better than nothing, that's for sure.
May 15, 2012
I love it! My friend gifted it for Christmas and it is fantastic. Light, heat and a mini-stove all in one. For outdoor applications the anchor kit is a great idea saving upsets and blowovers while fixing the early morning coffee.
Apr 13, 2012
The Dietz Oil Lantern Cooker has been one of my most used items in my home. It quickly heats up many meals, hot water for beverages, provides light and atmosphere with very little footprint . My apartment is in an old building that has many outages and I am never without the basics ... just one of my many very wise investments an amazing important item/ tool many parts of..... whenever. I will be purchasing at least 3 more for gifts and for as well myself.
Jan 17, 2012
Really like this product. Haven't used it yet but it will be quite study and good for emergencies.
Jul 12, 2011
When I received Lantern, tried it to boil water, when temp. reached 196 deg. F. I turned it off. It will heat meals, camped for over 60 years, lantern is great.
Dec 20, 2010
Very satisfactory as a lantern, but as a cooker, don't expect much. It will bring a room temp 6 ounce portion of canned soup up to a warm, but not really hot, temperature. Better than drinking it cold. I couldn't bring anything to a boil no matter how long I waited.
Aug 30, 2010
After experimenting I discovered the lantern does not put out enough heat to warm a cup of water after 15 minutes. I purchased this lantern and have been satisfied with the light it generates however, the quality of the cup, grill and base are very low. This kit is only worth the cost of the lantern about ($14).
Nov 18, 2009
Just what we needed for when the POWER goes out in the next ICE STORM !!! Last ICE STORM people were out of power for up to two weeks in our area .....I'm going to order more to give as gifts to relatives !