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Lantern Make and Model
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Brandon    Posted 02-13-2003 at 20:13:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I checked the lantern I was talking about and this is what it reads on the nob."NU-TYPE Model B Aladdin" So if anyone knows where I can find mantles for this I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!!! Brandon


Brandon    Posted 02-14-2003 at 12:49:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all the information!! I actually have three model B's. Two made of green glass and one made of clear glass. My grandpa also has one that is purple. Not sure of the model though. The ones that I have are ones that he used when he was a kid, that's why I would like to get them burnin again!! ;) Thanks again for the info, if I can get pictures of them I certainly will. Brandon


Salmoneye    Posted 02-14-2003 at 13:19:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I am sure you found out already, but the burner is a 'Model B'...not the lamp...Depending on what those lamps are in 'green' they could be VERY valuable...

Please see if you can ID the lamps and let us know...Tom A. and I are kinda interested LOL!!!


Tom A    Posted 02-14-2003 at 02:23:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Brandon:

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!
Tom A


DON'T LET TOM SEE IT!    Posted 02-14-2003 at 02:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
He'll start coveting...and we know what that leads too...

;-)

Salmoneye

PS I had a Rose Venetian with the Original Model A burner a few years ago...That was the nicest burner I ever lit...I do like the Model B's, but I sure wish I had that Venetian back!
And...23's are just cheap imitations of 'the real thing'...IMHO...


oh boy.....    Posted 02-14-2003 at 03:39:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, I can covet, that's for sure! But isn't this Model 23 vs XX discussion how the AK site wound up closing down?

I think my best burner is a beat up ugly Model 6. I do have a couple of 23s and they burn well...I just don't think they're quite as "pretty" as the older ones!

Tom A


Salmoneye    Posted 02-14-2003 at 03:52:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe it is just me...But they 'feel' cheap to me...I have had a few 23's and only one burned as well as an old B...

Had a Clear Venetian at one point with a 23 on it...Tried 2 wicks and 2 mantles in different combinations...Could not make that burn right to save my butt...The wick would never rise the same way twice...I don't miss that one ;-)

As for the AK site down...I must have missed it...I do not go there very often anymore...


think it was a troll or trolls    Posted 02-14-2003 at 04:23:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
that got several very hot discussions started, including name-calling and such among some old-timer members. Bill C. actually came up once and expressed his desire that it stop and the troll started calling him "Hitler." The site was down for new posts the next morning. You can still access FAQs and archives, but no new posting.

It is a shame, and is what I feared would happen here a few months ago when we had all that trouble.

BTW, I just stumbled across a Green Vertique in wonderful condition at a flea market and picked it up, not quite for a song but well below what they're going for now. And it burns really, really well!


Salmoneye    Posted 02-14-2003 at 01:56:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Technically...what you have is a lamp, not a lantern... ;-)

That lamp requires a round wick and a mantle...There should also be a round upside down cup shaped brass piece in the middle of the central draft chimney that the round wick surrounds when raised...This is known as the flame spreader and is essential to proper operation...

Aladdins are the single best kero lamp ever designed...They can and will burn with the light of a 60 watt bulb...However...They do burn HOT...They need to be respected and some distance given around them on the sides and more importantly above...I never burn an Aladdin above waist level on a table...

All Aladdin wicks, mantles and flame spreaders are readily available...My local hardware store even carries a few models...

To make sure that you have all the parts, for lighting and care instructions...See this site...

www.aladdinknights.org

There you should be able to identify you lamp as to Model and age...Lamps that originally came with the Model B designation were made from 1933-1953 I believe...Some are very desirable collectors items and very pricey!...Look at eBay...You can also find your mantles there...

HTH


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