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How to Maintain your Kerosene Lamps and Improvise Wicks.

 

Making the best use of kerosene lamps requires some practice, like everything else there is a learning curve.

When purchasing lamps, get extra chimneys, burners at least 2 or 3 of each and a substantial number of wicks.  I found some old wick material in rolls in a surplus store in Nevada.  About ten yards to a roll.  The wick store http://wickstore.com sells flat cotton rolls, 25 yards long for $9.50 to $14.00 depending on the width.

When using, everyday trim the wicks by rubbing the crust from them with your fingers.  Occasionally you may need to use scissors to trim the wicks. …

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Kerosene Lamps and a Little on the Petromax Lantern.

My wife has been digging out all of our kerosene lamps and checking them out.  We have some that we have picked up at garage sales that needed cleaning and new wicks.  In the past, we both have been subjected to power outages during which we had to use kerosene lamps.  They can provide good light if you properly trim the wicks. Read the blog at http://bit.ly/SmA9Sw to see how to maintain them.

One problem that always seems to occur, regardless of how well organized we are, is finding matches to light them in the dark.  So this time my wife is taping 3 or 4 strike any where matches inside the hollow base of the lamps. …

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