How to Trim a Kerosene Lantern Wick

How to Trim a Kerosene Lantern Wick
Although kerosene lanterns have been replaced by electric lights which are less dangerous, more efficient and more dependable, kerosene retains a certain romance that the electric never will have. Whether you are using a kerosene light as part of a rustic decorative scheme or storing a hurricane lamp or two as emergency light sources, a well-maintained lamp will provide enough light to read or enjoy a romantic dinner by.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Kerosene lamp
  • Scissors
  • Match
Step 1
Cut the end of the wick so that it comes to a tip. Cut diagonally from each side so that the tip is in the center of the wick with about a 90 degree angle.
Step 2
Turn the wick winder to adjust the wick so only the triangular section protrudes.
Step 3
Light the wick and replace the chimney.
Step 4
Gradually extend the wick until the flame starts to turn reddish and smoke. Trim back the wick until you have a clean, yellow flame again. Your wick is now properly trimmed.
Step 5
Scrape off any clinging pieces of ash between uses with the side of a match. It is normal for the wick to look a bit blackened, but any pieces that become detached by being scraped with a match should be removed.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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