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Old 01-01-2010, 14:49   #16
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HyLyte, that sounds great. My wick is of very thick material and 1 1/2 inches wide ( I think, I am out of town right now) When I cut the arc should I bevel the edges or keep the cut flat? Hmm am I being too picky? I will be home tonight so will trim and let you all know how it works
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Old 01-01-2010, 14:52   #17
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just experiment with it.
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Old 01-01-2010, 14:54   #18
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On my hurricane lamps I never worred about trimming the wick in a curve. All I ever do is snip the corners off at a 45 degree angle taking off about 1/8th to 1/4 of the wick on each side. This gives you a nice clean flame when you have the wick just showing up to the top of the holder. Also make sure to trim the little stirngs across the top of the wick so you have a nice flat top. I always use regular lamp oil that I buy at Walmart by the gallon for about 15 bucks. In the lamps I use as outdoors lights I put in the kind with Cittronella oil in it to keep the bugs away. That keeps the bugs away in a 15 ft circle so when I put up 2 lamps that covers the cockpit and hatch area so I can enjoy a nice evening without biteing bugs.
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If you are using the lamps for illumination rather than atmosphere, you may find that an Alladin Mantle Lamp will do a better job for you. When we lived in San Francisco, we used pressure lamps to illuminate the boat and were grateful for the heat they produced. Our lamps where like these:



The light is similar to a 150 watt bulb.

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Old 02-01-2010, 22:16   #20
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What kind of oil do you burn?
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The topic of fuel for oil lamps has been chewed on pretty exhaustively and as in anything the are a number of opposing viewpoints

I find the info here credible and accurate.

KEROSENE Fuel PRIMER

We burn thru about a gallon of mineral spirits a month and it provides most of our lighting and as fair bit of the heat as well. Keep in mind that is in San Francisco, not the great white north! We dont get below freezing really.

I find the wick trimmed to match the curve of the lamp cap is most successful.
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Sarafina,
Thanks for the link. I've been using white kerosene in my hurricane lamp and I bet that mineral oil will work just as well.
From your link:
"But some marketing genius realized that kerosene is called "paraffin" in England, but by that name is a solid waxy substance in the US, so why not call clear kerosene "Liquid Paraffin Lamp Oil" and fleece the unwary? It worked! I purchase gallons of Low Odor Mineral Spirits at a True Value hardware store for $5.89 a gallon. They sell "Liquid Paraffin Lamp Oil" for $110.95 a gallon. In other words, the store makes ten times as much profit selling Liquid Paraffin Lamp Oil, so they have the necessary incentive to fleece the unwary who believe advertising propaganda."

The last time I priced 'lamp oil' at a WM it was nearly $20/quart which is absurd.
Thanks to this thread I will try trimming my wick to help the lantern flame. It is so obvious but I hadn't thought of it yet.
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Mineral spirits (AKA Laquer thinner) is not the same is mineral oil found in the pharmacy. Dont get them confused. The spirits is way more flammable (gasoline like) than the oil.

Walmart sells the lamp oil or parafin oil for around 7 dollars a quart now. It is not expensive.
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Gee, I have just been using "free" Jet A fuel for my lamps and stove, maybe I should start using the proper expensive stuff - tongue firmly in cheek -
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If I wanted to change fuels several times to try different things and see what I liked, do I need to change out the wick each time too?

Thanks for the info!
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No need to change the wick. Here in the Bahamas the "liquid Parafin" oil is about $6 a qt. Generic "Lamp Oil" is about $1 cheaper.
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Kerosene is the same as AVJET is the same as parafine. Its all known as 28 sec.
Diesel is known as 35 sec.

28 and 35 sec is so called because of its viscosity. 28 and 35 is the time in seconds that it takes a given quantity to flow by gravity through an orifice of a standardised diameter.

In uk, parafine thats sold especially for use in oil lamps, hurricane and aladin etc is further refined to remove mineral elements which cause sooting, residues and an unstable flame picture.
Brand names are ESSO Blue and ESSO Pink
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Yup, the hardware store is a better deal than weems and Plath.
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Seems to me that there really isn't a right or wrong answer. Except, perhaps, that parafine is the most expensive option. I think I will start with low odor mineral spirits from Lowe's (Crown at Lowe's: Gallon Low Odor Mineral Spirits) or find a cheaper version at ACE Hardware.

How fast do y'all go through a gallon?
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Mineral spirits (AKA Laquer thinner) is not the same is mineral oil found in the pharmacy. Dont get them confused. The spirits is way more flammable (gasoline like) than the oil.

Walmart sells the lamp oil or parafin oil for around 7 dollars a quart now. It is not expensive.
Folks seem to be getting their quarts and gallons mixed up here.

Lamp Oil runs 7 a quart, 20 or so a gallon.

Mineral Spirits (NOT oil) runs 7 to 12 a gallon.

At twice the price Liquid Paraffin (Lamp Oil) may not be expensive compared to say champagne, but it's ALOT more than the Mineral Spirit option.

I don't mind paying more for good champers, with what I save on fuel for the lamps!

Gonzo, 2 double wick lamps, around a gallon a month for most of our lighting needs.
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