Kerosene lanterns which most of us now have in our homes as a decor were of prime importance for man back in old days, prior to the advent of electricity. Kerosene lantern is actually a portable lightning device which uses kerosene to burn wick. These lanterns come in varieties, from having short to tall chimney or globe, each of them having its own advantage. The small ones are easy to store and clean whereas the large ones produce more lightning as they create a better draft. However, low-light varieties are usually used as decoration.
Kerosene lamps usually come in handy in case of emergency situations as power blackout. They produce more light than a candle which also increases their use in our lives. They are now mostly used for outdoor activities such as camping as they are easier to carry and hang. Also, they are still used in some rural areas where there is still no supply of electricity and being inexpensive, people there rely on them than any other source of light. Goos kerosene lanterns having protective enclosure for the source of light have minimum risk of fire if the spark leapt from the flame and also of dropping of light by surrounding air, which also makes it suitable for use.
How to use
To get access to the wick, remove the chimney by twisting it in counter-clockwise direction. If lantern has a handle, lift it off first then you will be able to twist off the chimney. Then remove the burner from the font and pour the kerosene into the font, which is the lantern’s base. Place the burner back on the font and fit the wick snugly into it and trim it to ensure that it burns evenly. Now, light the wick and place the chimney back over it. You can also adjust the size of flame by the help of wick dial.
How to get maximum light from lantern
In order to get the maximum glow and brightness from your lantern, you will be required to take certain instructions. Wipe off all soot from the chimney or globe to get it cleaned. You can use newspaper to clean the chimney and repeat this every time you refill the fuel. Also, trim the wick every time before lighting up the lamp as the wick becomes charred with normal use which effects the drawing up of the fuel into the wick and its burning as well. Therefore, trimming of the wick frequently will help you in getting more brightness. To prevent the burner from clogging, soak the dirty burner in hot water and baking soda and scrub it with a brush to get better result. Keeping your lamp clean ensures that it burns safely and brightly.