How to Light a Kerosene Lantern

How to Light a Kerosene Lantern
Lanterns have been around for quite a while and are an essential piece of gear for any camper. Kerosene lanterns are only one type of lantern that is available to use as a light source. Caution needs to be used when operating one because the kerosene consumes oxygen, therefore the lantern should not be used in an unventilated or enclosed area. Lighting one isn't that difficult, but you need to follow the basic steps correctly so you don't end up setting something on fire.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Match or lighter Alcohol Kerosene
  • Match or lighter
  • Alcohol
  • Kerosene
Step 1
Fill the lantern only with kerosene. Turn the fuel valve to the "Off" position and close the pump knob. Remove the fuel cap and fill the lantern with kerosene. Put the fuel cap back on and wipe away any spilled kerosene.
Step 2
Tie the mantle on the lantern by placing it on the burner and tying it around the grooves. Light the mantle at the bottom and allow it to burn until the mantle turns to a white ash. Do not touch the mantle and allow it to completely cool before lighting the lantern.
Step 3
Make sure the fuel valve is turned to the "Off" position before you begin pumping. Open the pump knob and place your thumb over the hole on top of it. Pump for approximately 30 strokes to get good air pressure. The less full the lantern is, the more you will need to pump.
Step 4
Place alcohol into the preheater cup. Do not put anything but alcohol into the cup. Use a match and light the alcohol through the lighter hole, allowing the flame to consume almost all of the alcohol.
Step 5
Turn the fuel valve to the "On" position after the alcohol is almost consumed. If there are flames anywhere than other on the mantle, turn the fuel valve off. This is an indication that there is a leak or flooding has occurred. Turn the fuel valve off when you are finished with the lantern.

Tips & Warnings

 
Don't use any type of fuel other than kerosene in the lantern. Keep the lantern away from anything that is flammable. Always use the lantern outdoors. Store the kerosene in a container that is away from flames or excessive heat.
 
Don't use any type of fuel other than kerosene in the lantern.
 
Keep the lantern away from anything that is flammable.
 
Always use the lantern outdoors.
 
Store the kerosene in a container that is away from flames or excessive heat.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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