I broke my glass globe the day before a camping trip. Rather than get another glass replacement (my third) I tried to get one of the wire mesh globes. Unfortunately, I couldn't find them at stores and didn't have time to order one online. So, I decided to make my own.
Someone smarter than me- please explain the science behind how a mesh globe works. I don't understand it. If you use no globe at all, your mantles burn up. Seems like wire mesh is like using nothing at all, but somehow it isn't.
- 2 bacon splatter shields ($1 each at the Dollar store)
- Your broken propane lantern
Step 1: Disassemble the Splatter Shields
Take the splatter shields apart so that you are left with the wire mesh as shown.
Step 2: Measure the Height
Transfer that measurement to the mesh screens as shown using a crayon or sharpie.
Step 3: Cut N Fold the Screens
Then fold the excess to your markings. The fold adds stability.
Step 4: Join the Pieces
Then staple the overlap firmly. You should be left with a single piece of material that is long enough to be fashioned into a cylinder.
Step 5: Dry Fit, Measure the Circumference
Put another mark on the screen where the material should be joined to itself.
Step 6: Fold N Staple Again
Staple the screen together firmly to complete.
Step 7: You're Done
The lantern worked fine with my rigged mesh globe. A spot turned red from the heat but never melted. I figure it should stand up to the heat, since it was designed to be used on a hot stove with hot bacon grease.
I'll report back after a full night's use.