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Kountry Life How-To

Alladin Lamp 101
My first Alladin Lamp was purchased at a second hand store, and I had no idea how to use it (and it didn't come with instructions). The following instructions on how to operate an Alladin Kerosene Lamp may be helpful to someone in the same situation;

Instructions for Lighting and Operating an Alladin Lamp

1. Fill bowl with a good grade of fresh, clean, clear, refined K-1 Kerosene. NEVER USE GASOLINE OR OTHER DANGEROUS FUELS IN YOUR Alladin LAMP. The use of scented lamp oils is not recommended since additives in these oils can clog the wick and interfere with the correct operation of your lamp.

2. ALLOW THE WICK IN THE BURNER TO SOAK IN THE KEROSENE AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO LIGHT YOUR LAMP. This is very important since the wick must be adequately soaked with kerosene to burn properly.

3. With a lit match, burn off the protective coating on the mantle by removing the chimney and touching the match flame to the bottom of the mantle. Do not touch the mantle with the match stick itself, since this will damage the mantle. The protective coating will burn off; this is normal. Replace chimney in its original position over mantle into gallery.

4. Now you are ready to light your Alladin lamp. Turn gallery counter-clockwise and lift gallery, mantle, and chimney as a unit off of the burner. MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE OUTER WICK TUBE IS NOT REMOVED AND REMAINS SECURELY ATTACHED TO THE BURNER. Do not remove chimney from gallery. After the coating has been burned off of the mantle, always keep gallery, mantle and chimney intact as a unit.

5. Turn wick up about one-eighth inch above outer wick tube and light wick. When flame has covered entire top edge of wick, carefully place gallery, mantle and chimney unit on burner and lock into place. Do not allow gallery to drop into position as this could injure the mantle.

6. Turn wick up slowly until part of the mantle glows white and then allow it to stand for several minutes at this level to warm up. NEVER TURN THE LAMP UP TO BRIGHTEST LIGHT IMMEDIATELY AFTER LIGHTING AS THIS WILL CAUSE THE LAMP TO OVERBURN AND BEGIN TO SMOKE IN A SHORT TIME. After several minutes turn lamp up to a level of about 75 percent (3/4) of the brightest light output. After the burner has fully warmed up, the heat generated will cause the mantle to increase the intensity of its glow. A CORRECT LIGHTING CONDITION EXISTS WHEN YOU HAVE AN ILLUMINATED MANTLE WITHOUT POINTS OF ORANGE FLAME BREAKING THROUGH THE MANTLE. If points of flame break through the mantle, the wick is turned up too high and should be adjusted downward.

7. Do not allow your lamp to burn dry. This would cause the wick to burn away and become uneven. If this should happen, reshape with a wick cleaner or replace your wick as needed to restore satisfactory performance.

8. To put out light, turn wick down just below wick tube until flame disappears. Blow softly into burner or across top of chimney to insure flame is extinguished. Raise wick to check that lamp is no longer operating before leaving unattended. NEVER LEAVE YOUR LAMP UNATTENDED WHILE IT IS OPERATING. IF YOU MUST LEAVE THE ROOM, EXTINGUISH THE LAMP.

9. Do not clean wick unless it has a formation of carbon crust on it. If it must be cleaned, remove gallery assembly and turn wick down until the top edge of the wick is even with the wick tube flange. Then remove flame spreader (thimble-like part) from inner wick tube. Insert wick cleaner into wick tube. Turn wick up until it presses gently against the cleaner. Turn cleaner clockwise slowly until wick is smooth. Never permit cleaner to ruffle or gouge wick as this will produce a ragged wick and high points of flame when lamp is lit.

KP, from WA, entered 1999-12-21

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