Monday, December 19, 2016

Next, after LED lighting

Yes, this is an actual lamp I own. I found it in a junk store years ago, and bought it for a dollar. I pulled it loose from the plywood it was glued to, added a wick and some olive oil, and found that it works. 

Rather dim, but it works.

It's always good to have options.

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  1. Kent, I would advise investing in / looking out for in a couple of Aladdin mantle kerosene / oil lamps for hunker down scenarios.

    Yard sales, junk stores etc are your best bet - although new model are still made.

    Older types have inherent collectors value -

    I have used them in power-out situations, and they are great.

    Plus they are also EMP proof.

    Of course, they run great providing you have kerosene / paraffin oil - Argand, Rumford, and Solar lamps predated kerosene lamps, and used bio-fuels but originals and repros are pricey.

    BriteLyt now produce a series of multi-fuel lanterns - Rapid 500CP and 150CP series, which I am looking into myself.

    According to this link - - apparently they can burn:

    "Kerosene, Diesel, Gasoline, White Gas, Biodiesel, Mineral Spirits, Paint Thinner, Lighter Fluid, Lamp Oils, Coleman™ Fuel, all JP Fuels, Citronella Oil, Plus Many More!"

    With 10-550 watts illumination (depending on fuel type)

    1. I don't have any of the mantle kerosene lamps, but I do have multiple kerosene lanterns in every room of the house. And a couple of candle lanterns. And hand-crank flashlights. I never suffer when the power goes out- in fact, I love when it does (but it almost never does so).