Ok so I have had and used oil
lamps on several boats and am by no means an expert, but have managed to get along with out burning the boat to the waterline. I was given a new Daan Haan Clipper model lamp from a retiring sailor and found a nice, safe, logical place in the boat to hang it were it has remained unused for three years as the lamp didn't have a wick. I finally got around to getting the proper wick for it and had some old Lamplight Farms "Original" oil
and proceeded to fill the reservoir and fire the suker up the other evening. I started with the wick barely visible and had no smoke or soot and slowly started to play with the adjustment to see how much light, too much wick and a little smoking and turned it back down until it seemed to be adjusted just right. I tell you the glow and the charm of the lamp inside the old Westsail with the Dickinson
fireplace going at the same time was beautiful. The problem started when I tried to turn the wick down to extinguish the lamp and it wouldn't go below the lip of the burner and ended up having to put something over the top of the glass to get the flame to go out.
So feeling pretty good about the first trial run with the lamp, and seeing that it was not causing sooting or breathing problems inside the closed winter cabin
the next evening I fired her up again, using the same method, wick on a very low setting and watching the lamp as she warms up to see if there are any issues. Everything looks good and I sit down with my back to the lamp for all of 30 seconds and when I turn around its spewing black smoke. So no I am freaking out and extinguish the lamp.
"Moon Dance" has a wonderful mint Herreshoff style interior
, white Formica panels
trimmed in old growth teak
and the next day every square inch of the main cabin
is covered in black soot and little tiny speckles of soot balls, it is so bad it has even made its way into closed cabinets.
I have spent hours in freezing temperatures with a water
and ammonia mix cleaning
this sh_t off every square inch of the interior
and am still not finished.
I really love the lamp, but obviously can't repeat what has happed and would really appreciate some "Old Salts" insight as to what could of happened here.