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Lighting, Candle, Kerosene Wick Lamps, Kerosene-Gas-Multi Fuel Pressure Lamps.

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by HK_User, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Kerosene Wick Type

  2. Kerosene Wick/Mantle Type

  3. Kerosene Pressure Type

  4. Gas Pressure Type

  5. Multi Fuel Pressure

  6. Candle Home Made

  7. Candle Purchased

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    A start.

    The Aladdin mantle lamps were designed as a replacement for the older wick lamps.

    Since Aladdin lamps do not flicker they provide an even light and when used with a shade they are superior to most other lamps for reading or general lighting within a home.

    OTOH Coleman and all other pressurized high out put lamps also put out a very bright light and in this process (no free lunch) they also produce a considerable amount of heat, all depends on their CP/BTU.

    Heat might be good in a cold cabin but any who have sat around a Coleman in the aftermath of Hurricane can tell you how much heat was added to the 100% humidity.

    OTOH, Petomax and others have a shield that converts those Lanterns into heaters.

    I have at least one of each on the poll list.

    Each one has a purpose and a place in our preps.

    What ever you purchase be sure of a parts availability unless you just want a Fireplace Mantle Decoration.

    Feel free to suggest your needs/wants and the reasons.
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  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Great thread.... all but homemade candles... got plenty of bees wax and wick though ;)

    Favorite... Kerosene wick... not the brightest... but low low tech... virtually no wear easy to repair even without spare parts... wicks are cheap and store forever... and a wick can be made easily... fuel has a low volatility and stores well...

    Favorite long tem... the lowest of the tech... a simple candle.... and matches....

    By the way... I also like an oil lamps like these

    Olive Oil Lamps - Lehman's

    ... lots of ways to make one and even if you don't own one... good to know how and that you can... try it... works well in a pinch ;)

    Great post @HK_User

    Have a great day all!

    Take Care and God Bless,

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  3. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Yup I kinda like old lamps and the old ways as my grandparents had Kerosene cook stove till they died.
    Here's a work lamp that was used by Coal Miners.
  4. techsar

    techsar Monkey++

    Got a few, ranging from small flat-wick, dual British flat-wicks, Rayo center drafts (ca 1900), Alladin center draft with mantle (ca 1920), to a large Rochester center draft store lamp (ca 1879), and a Manhattan student lamp (ca 1870-ish). The flat wicks run on kerosene, the center drafts on mineral spirits.
    And then there are the Coleman fuel dual mantle lamps...
    Spare wicks, mantles and chimneys are a must :)
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  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    LOL... @HK_User ... speaking of coal miners... I actually considered picking up one of the old carbide lamps they used to use ... just because I thought it was cool!... pretty impractical today as you need a source and to store the carbide... but a pretty cool concept way back when... not a ton of light either... but just enough in a dark mine I suppose ;)
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  6. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Carbide lamps were all the rage in the early days of the Automobile.

    Also used in some of the first Blow Torches.

    My Mine Lamp is a repop, bought on a slow day at a Air Port Scientific tourist shop while I waited for a connecting flight.
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  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    @HK_User also got a small butane canister lantern... Snow Peak... and a Coleman propane.... not sure if Gas Pressure was white gas/pump or Propane/Butane/no pump....
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  8. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I intend to replace the Coleman twin mantle lantern my ex managed to get when we split. The heat will be welcome when there's a winter power failure, but not in the summer. Man, that thing heats up!

    The wick lamps (I have two, one fueled with "odorless" lamp oil, the other with stinky straight kero) aren't really quite bright enough to read much, but there will be no barked shins. Important that the wicks are trimmed and care be taken to control sooting of the globe.
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  9. jimLE

    jimLE Monkey

    i like the oil lamps..i have 7 of them throughout the house.
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  10. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    When we moved here, (Bush Alaska) from the FlatLands, (25+ years ago) the place had Oil Lamps, all over the place. We installed an Inverter, and Batteries, and moved all the Oil Lamps to SHTF Storage, along with 50USG of Pearl Kerosene. Changed all the Incandescent Bulbs, to CFLs, and now LED Lighting to conserve on Battery Power, when the Genset is not running. We have 12Vdc Lighting above the Beds in the Bedrooms, as well. Oil Lamps are nice, but the fire hazard is significant, compared to electric. We do drag out the Oil Lamps during the Holidays, for Nostalgia....
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