Light Your Trail With a Carbide Lamp

Eclipsed for a time by battery-powered and propane lanterns, the clean, economical, and efficient carbide lamp made a comeback among campers in the 1970s and 80s.

065 carbide lamp - lamps in use
The carbide lamp in action! These devices offer efficient, carry-along lighting for all kinds of outdoor activities. Mixing water with calcium carbide crystals inside the burner produces acetylene gas, which in turn produces light when ignited by a wheel flint. A valve on top of the lamp controls light intensity by controlling the flow of water.