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Old 27-11-2013, 21:02   #1
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Kerosene Lanterns

Am looking at different kerosene lanterns, and all the light out of the non-pressurized ones were pretty weak.

Anyone who would actually use one for general illumination?

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Old 27-11-2013, 21:13   #2
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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

I used to have a Tilley pressurised kerro lamp years ago, they put out pretty good light but also heat, which can be a plus or minus, they were made in Ireland I think, they use alcohol to pre heat.

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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

There are some better than others and some of it depends on the wick style (large round ones being the best) but none of them are great for illumination although the large trawler style ones are the best. They are great for cool evenings and enjoying company but not so great for reading.
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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

I've got a smallish Feurerhand non pressurised on the boat. It has the wide wick and throws off plenty of usable light by hurricane lamp standards (good enough to play a game of cards by). Years ago I had a pressurised kero light and it was painful. Very bright, but every half hour or so in operation it would start to flare up and the only fix was to shut it down and relight it which is always a pain because it needed alcohol to pre warm the tube.
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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

Yes, my last boat, a Cape Dory 30. I had one in main salon, a flat 2" inch wick, and one up in the vberth, a little Atlantic lamp, I think it has a 1" flat wick. Wick trimming is crucial for good light. For a few months while I worked on my DC system the lamps where my main source of light. For cooking at night I hung a flashlight over the galley.Thankfully this was during winter, the boat was in Texas, my salon lamp threw off a lot of heat when turned up to full flame.

Presently we use a kerosene anchor light due to the DC light being out. I also carry our salon lamp into cockpit a lot for general lighting at night.
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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

I have one of those cheap chinese ones from Amazon, I burn paraffin, gives off enough light to fiddle about the cabin but not to read, my kindle has an LED built into the case so reading is a not an issue.
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Re: Kerosene Lanterns

The Aladin lamps are the brightest non pressurized lamps. Negative is they are a mantle lamp that needs to be handled gently. The large trawler lamps are not as bright as the Aladdin but plenty of light to read by. Both are good heat sources to take the edge off cool evenings.
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I used to have a Tilley pressurised kerro lamp years ago, they put out pretty good light but also heat, which can be a plus or minus, they were made in Ireland I think, they use alcohol to pre heat.

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