Agreed, usually the campfire is enough light for us around camp. When we do have to cook in the dark we now use a battery/LED lantern instead of our old propane lantern. We both can't stand the noise of the propane lantern and it has sat in the shed for a few years now. It's surprising how loud those things are once you get used to the quiet of using something else.I don't care for a brightly lit camp. At night, I want it to be night. The lighting I bring, other than a headlamp is both a small Streamlight LED lantern and my favored UCO candle lantern (the original style with the long burning candles).
I'm kind of the same. I get away to see the trees. Why would I want to burn them … meaning firewood. I definitely wouldn't want to start a forest fire!I don't do campfires anymore. Out west, it's simply too risky and I am in camp for never more than an evening. I don't want to be responsible (or waste the water) to be sure a fire is dead out. I understand the desire for campfires, especially with younger campers but I would only make one for necessity now.
.I also like the idea of hooking the lantern up to a larger propane source in case you want it on for a while.
The Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini is great. Plenty of light and the magnetic bottom is awesome with our trailer. I recommend it to friends and family all the time.Goal Zero makes some nice usb rechargeable lanterns. We have a smaller one, but it puts out plenty of light.
This is exactly what I do. I carry a 20lb propane tank on trips right now. I use a propane tower to power my stove off the tank, and screw the latern on top of the tower. I use the propane latern because it's what I have, and it works well, nut if it ever breaks, I'll probably replace it with an led light source.I also like the idea of hooking the lantern up to a larger propane source in case you want it on for a while.