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    Default Oil Lamps and Candles

    Well, I scored big a couple days ago and found these two lamps for $25 each!

    Did a test-run on them and will drain everything and let the wicks dry tomorrow. It was fun for the kids to see these babies in action as well...

    I took some pictures just to share

    Chimneys have water-drops because I washed them before I lit them off. I had two mantles, but disassembled the gallerys for cleaning and my 3 y/o daughter promply broke one




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    I wasn't able to get them as bright as the one I used prior, but I think it was due to the wick being very old and not trimmed just right. After about what I would consider 3/4 brightness, I would get orange flame impingement and a the mantle would begin to carbon-up in this one spot.

    Here it is with the shade



    Kids lovin' it



    Other shade (not a full comparison as this one is designed to sit lower, but ran into the other shade support)



    I think the newer white pleated shades would be more efficient at diffusing the light and making it brighter...not sure how I feel about these so far

    I got out the wick lamp and did a side-by-side with it and the new Aladdin....well it really wasn't a comparison at all (mind you the Aladdin isn't at full power either)


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    I know there are a few on here that are off-grid and was wondering if anyone is using these Aladdin lamps for lighting?

    I'm continually impressed by how incredibly bright and how much heat these things give off. Also, they seem to produce little to no emissions compared to the wick style and are completely quiet as well....

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    Default I use these lamps

    I really hate bright lights so, I have been using oil lamps for years. I like the warm glow they give off. Mine give off no smell at all except sometimes I will buy a pine scented oil and it gives a pleasant smell.

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    You use the aladdin type or just the flat wick type?

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    You did score. Those are nice lamps
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    I grew up on wick lamp's, lol. Did'nt even see elec. ( or colman's) til I was 16.

    Have propane at the cabin now.

    What in your mind would be cheaper, the adlians, or propane?

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    Default Lamps

    Quote Originally Posted by hunt_ak View Post
    You use the aladdin type or just the flat wick type?
    I use the flat wicks. I have my eye on a really nice hanging oil lamp on ebay I want for my cabin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_skipper View Post
    I grew up on wick lamp's, lol. Did'nt even see elec. ( or colman's) til I was 16.

    Have propane at the cabin now.

    What in your mind would be cheaper, the adlians, or propane?
    By far, I would use oil lamps over propane. Living in the bush means getting propane tanks out to the cabin and they are easier than having to put pipe all through the cabin. Besides the noise factor also.

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    Default We used those at our fish camp

    So much nicer than a noisy Coleman or fooling with a generator. Love the glow!

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    Really I have all 4 now, lol.

    I have solar
    I have colmans
    I have wick lights
    I have propane,

    But I don't have the aladian

    Was just trying to get some feedback on fuel cost's vs one another.

    Propane light's are noisy,but put out alot of light.
    Colmans are noisy, but the put out a lot of light
    Solar, is elec, so you put what bulb in them that you want.
    Wick oil lamps are pretty dim unless you want to smoke up the globe.

    I guess my question was , lol, is how much brighter is the aladian than the wick, and how much fuel do they burn, and how much do the mantle's cost for them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock_skipper View Post

    Propane light's are noisy,but put out alot of light. Solution=Aladdin
    Colmans are noisy, but the put out a lot of light Solution=Aladdin
    Solar, is elec, so you put what bulb in them that you want.
    Wick oil lamps are pretty dim unless you want to smoke up the globe. Solution=Aladdin

    I guess my question was , lol, is how much brighter is the aladian than the wick, and how much fuel do they burn, and how much do the mantle's cost for them?
    You can see the side by side comparison that I did and they rate an average flat wick at ~15 watts and an Aladdin at ~60 watts

    Another thing I noticed is that the Aladdin had WAY less emissions than the flat wick burning the same fuel. After getting some whiffs, I stuck it out in the garage to try and see if it would clear up, but my whole garage stunk before I put it out. I had the Aladdin going in the house for over an hour and you couldn't tell one bit. Wife and daughter have asthma, so its a no-brainer here...and much nicer for those without.

    Another comparison shot I found online...


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    alaskabushrat, are you just using K-1 Kerosene in your oil lamps? Do you have the smell of burning the kerosene when you use your lamps?

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    Besides a oil lamp, what are you rural folks using for candles? Do you make your own or get them from a supplier in bulk?

    Just one more shot of the kids hypnotized by the lamp...kinda like an indoor campfire...


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    I all so am wanting to buy some long burning and slow burning candles, enough to last for months. So hoping for feedback/insight/education from someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunt_ak View Post
    alaskabushrat, are you just using K-1 Kerosene in your oil lamps? Do you have the smell of burning the kerosene when you use your lamps?
    I buy the new stuff that comes in a bottle because, it has different scents. I hate the smell of kerosene. A little more pricier but, smells better. My lamps don't give off that much light but, then again, I don't need much. As I said earlier, I hate bright light.

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    As far as candles go, "PLUMBERS CANDLES" are the way to go. If you get the good ones, they will last about 100 hrs. You can find them all over the net but, the best buys so far has been Amazon or ebay.

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    Nice deal, steal at 25.00 each, I have one, don,t drop the Glass part it will cost a whole lot more than that! I never seen one with a shade on it, Mine gets pretty hot i would keep a eye on that, Enjoy

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    Are the glass globes available? I love the top right brass one.

    Mike

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    Default Glass globes

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtofak View Post
    Are the glass globes available? I love the top right brass one.

    Mike
    If you go on ebay and type in oil lamps, you can pretty much find anything that has to do with them.

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