Posted 02-14-2003 at 02:23:14
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In addition to the excellent information Salmoneye posted, I'll fill in just a little more.
Several of us collect these Aladdin lamps, and usually getting your first one gets you started, so welcome! The Model B is considered by many to be the finest burner Aladdin produced. The B was manufactured from February of 1933 until September 1955 when a flood destroyed the plant and it was rebuilt in Tennessee. So you have a piece of history there...if you can post a pic, I suspect a lot of us would like to see it.
Another source of parts is Aladdin itself--still in business (for now). I posted their link below. Also, Lehman's carries a full line of parts, lamps, and supplies.
Personally, I'd be careful about getting my first mantles off ebay. They are very fragile, and sometimes they'll appear to be just fine until you light them the first time and they disintegrate. Never had that happen from a store-bought mantle, but have had it happen a couple of times off ebay...sort of offsets any reduced price! Also, you're likely to foul up your first mantle or two anyway (common mistakes) so get a few. After you've figured it out, you'll rarely break or wear one out. The wicks are not so fragile, so they're probably a better buy.
Cruise around the Aladdin Knights site that Salmoneye listed--it will have lots of information for you. If you have any other questions about the lamp, feel free to email me.
They are wonderful lamps, so good luck, enjoy!