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Old 08-11-2013, 09:36   #16
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

cburger, I have several, including a full set of (emergency) running lights. Lamp oil is clearly more expensive. So is good scotch and gin and wine and other stuff that gives you more for more money. Cheap kerosene works in lamps, but it has a lot of other stuff in it that, when burning, makes odors that many of us would rather avoid. So, you makes your choices and pays your money.

You are going to find a new purpose for newspapers, besides lining the parrot's cage. Roll a sheet up in a spindle, insert it in the chimney and twist to remove much of the black, sooty carbon. Good lamp oil doesn't burn as dirty as cheaper stuff.

Learn how to properly trim the wicks, do it regularly (and that means often) and the lamp will give off more light and less soot (and less odor).

Carry extra wicks (sized for your specific lamps) and carry, at least, one extra chimney for each size/style lamp. Look into candle lanterns, as well.

Get a container with a tube spout to hold your lamp oil, fill it over the sink, and wipe off the residue that may spill.

LED lamps and cold-cathode fluorescents are nice options, as well.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

Another thing I've learned is to let the lamp warm up slowly. Get it down to barely-a-flame once it's started. It will flare up all by itself as the increased wicking pressure activates. If it heats too quickly it cracks the globe. I burned through about a half a dozen in my first year, now I've on seven years with the same globe.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

I like my Perco oil lamps, both the anchor light and the wall mounted salon lights. I have side lights too, but have seldom used them.

I keep citronella oil in one cabin light, so I can burn it on buggy nights without having to keep opening and closing the hatch against bugs. I have seen bugs heading into the cabin, and turn back at the hatch when they hit the vapors. I don't use citronella in a closed up cabin.

Kerosene comes in various grades, and K1, the grade that looks like clear water has the least odor. Some places it comes with red dye in it, because no road tax has been paid on it. If you have kerosene aboard, an old Svea, Primus, or Optimus "roarer" single burner stove makes good backup stove.

The best kerosene light is an Aladdin lamp, which is a non-pressurised kerosene lamp that has a round wick, and uses a mantle, suspended over the flame. It puts out white light, about like a coleman gas lamp, or a 100 watt household bulb, great for fine repairs or reading. Mine hangs in a custom bracket. It puts out a LOT of heat, and doubles as a cabin heater. In warm weather it hangs at the hatch to let the heat out.

I have also used Coleman and Wenzel pressurized kerosene lamps, but don't like the pressure pushing out the kerosene in case of flareups. In a pinch, many Coleman liquid fuel lamps will burn kerosene, if the generator is preheated with a torch or a little cup of alcohol or gasoline, but generator life is shorter.

I like old ways. For years, I cruised my old Buc 24, with a Seagull engine and kerosene lights. I'd start with a charged battery for the radio, and usually it would hold a couple of weeks or more with very light use, weather or emergency calls only. I had no generating gear.
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:13   #19
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

By the way, does anyone have a source for chimneys for Perko cabin lamps?

I believe they are base OD 1 7/8" by 5" high.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

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Nice picture of your lamp. Nice traditional feel
Thanks! That lamp sailed around the world, on my parents boat, seen a lot of cool anchorages.

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I like them, but have a problem with being selectively clumsy. I can walk a bowsprit no problem, but glass things tend to break. I wouldn't trust myself around them, but I do like the way they look.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

lamp oil here in mexico is actually mineral oil. with and without citronella. i use citronella oil in my anchor lamp.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

The above link has only one 1 7/8' base chimney, that is not suitable for the Perko lamp being too tall to swing on the gimbal.

Does anybody have a source for a Perko 1 7/8"base by 5" tall chimney?
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

I have a small one for my small boat that I use in the main cabin area. It gives off just enough light that we dont have to use any electric lamps in the evening when at anchor unless we are cooking.

I use lamp oil from walmart....I think I bought a 32 ounce bottle a year ago and it is still over half full. Granted I only used it for a total of 15-18 evenings this year

I found that after some research and trimming and shaping of the wick. The lamp produced more light and less soot.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

Trawler Lamp over the saloon table, gimbaled reading lamps in vberth and aft cabin burning paraffin oil that doesn't seem to soot... I usually crack the hatch. The trawler lamp also provides relaxing light when I take it into the cockpit.
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lamp oil here in mexico is actually mineral oil. with and without citronella. i use citronella oil in my anchor lamp.
I have to try this and hope it does not smoke a lot, but first I need to make the lap form a few second hand store parts. I love our oil lamps and decided to make a couple small ones for the head and v-birth.
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Used to have a gimballed oil lamp below on a previous boat...quite nice. Have Alladin lamps at home...impressive bit of engineering. Very bright, but require more maintenance. Have never seen them on a boat.
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Re: Do you use Oil Lamps

Managed to start a fire lighting a kero pressure lamp. My fault. Found that some synthetic materials used in pull overs burns a treat!

Lively 20 seconds or so.

Don't use it much, but it is bright and will provide some good heat.

Have a couple of little kero lamps I burn citronella in, just to keep the skeeters out. That works well.
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The above link has only one 1 7/8' base chimney, that is not suitable for the Perko lamp being too tall to swing on the gimbal.

Does anybody have a source for a Perko 1 7/8"base by 5" tall chimney?
I looked around for you, could only find it in 9-10 inches tall. Would 1 15/16 work?
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I had trouble finding chimney replacements, what a pain!! Good luck
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