When the power's out, nothing can compare to the soft, warm glow of an Aladdin oil lamp. The durability of Aladdin lamps is legendary; since the product's invention in 1908, millions and millions of these heirloom lamps have been sold all over the world. According to the Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company, many of their lamps have been in daily use for more than seven decades. To preserve your Aladdin oil lamp and avoid replacement-part purchases, it's important to treat the delicate mantle and glass chimney with care, as well as follow a few simple maintenance procedures.
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Things you need
- K-1 kerosene or Aladdin lamp oil
- Clean rag
- Wick trimmer
Light your Aladdin oil lamp by first filling the lamp base (called the font) with pure K-1 kerosene or Aladdin lamp oil. Unscrew the oil tank cap by twisting it counterclockwise. Always use room-temperature fuel to prevent condensation from forming in the lamp base. If you are filling the lamp for the first time, allow one hour for the woven cotton wick to fully absorbed into the woven cotton wick. Replace the oil tank cap.
Remove the chimney from the lamp by pulling it straight up. The chimney is the glass globe or cover that keeps air turbulence away from the flame. Be careful if the lamp has been operating recently, because the chimney gets very hot.
Trim the wick with a wick trimmer so that the end of the wick has a clean straight cut along its top edge. Never use household scissors, as they don't cut at the correct angle. Adjust the height of the wick using the wick control knob so that 1/8 inch of wick is showing above the top of the wick holder. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the wick height or counterclockwise to decrease the wick height. The wick control knob is located at the top of the oil tank, below the wick holder.
Place the lamp on a flat surface. Light the wick with a match or lighter. Allow the flame to fully encircle the wick before carefully reinstalling the chimney assembly. Before adjusting the wick using the wick control knob to increase the light output, allow the lamp to burn and the chimney to heat for 10-20 minutes.
Adjust the light output of the lamp by turning the wick control knob. Generally, higher light output is attained with a larger wick length, so turn the wick control clockwise to get more light or counterclockwise to decrease light output.
When you're ready to extinguish the flame, turn down the wick control knob so that the wick becomes very small, and gently blow across the top of the chimney and not directly down the chimney pipe. Do not touch the chimney, it will be very hot.
Tips and warnings
- On average, a full font of lamp oil will provide 10 hours or more of 60-candlepower light.
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