How to Use Kerosene Lanterns

How to Use Kerosene Lanterns
Kerosene lamps remain popular with campers because of their output. While ostensibly heavier than electric lights, they usually have more candle power. This makes them useful for remote cabins without utilities, substantial campsites and for anyone who is simply willing to lug one around. Operating a kerosene lamp is probably something avid campers will try sooner or later.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Funnel No. 2 clear kerosene fuel Pocket knife or scissors Matches or lighter
  • Funnel
  • No. 2 clear kerosene fuel
  • Pocket knife or scissors
  • Matches or lighter
Step 1
Unscrew the lid of the lamp tank. Pull out the glass casing.
Step 2
Insert the funnel and pour kerosene fuel into the lamp. Make sure you are using the right kind of kerosene. Using kerosene that is of a different grade than recommended or not meant for lamps may be dangerous.
Step 3
Fill the tank to 90 percent of capacity. Leave a little room in the tank for proper wicking.
Step 4
Turn the wick control so the wick comes out of the lamp a bit, and trim it to a round shape. This can be done with a knife or scissors. A wide, round shape provides the best balance between maximum light output and minimum smoke output. Replace the glass casing.
Step 5
Adjust the wick control so that about 1/4 inch of the wick extends from the lamp.
Step 6
Light the wick. Adjust it by turning it out or in to produce the desired amount of light, but be aware that the brighter the light the more fuel you are burning.
Step 7
Extinguish the lamp by blowing directly down the chimney onto the wick.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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