The Aladdin is a tried and tested lamp with nearly a century
of use all over the globe. Literally hundreds of thousands of people
are still enjoying the use of Aladdins worldwide. These tips are provided
to enable you to get the most pleasure and long use from your Aladdin
with the minimum of trouble and bother.
1. FILLING ALADDINS IN WINTER
Always re-fill your Aladdin with good, clean, fresh kerosene (genuine
Aladdin Lamp Oil or K-1 Grade Kerosene is recommended). The fuel must
be at room temperature before adding to the lamp. To do otherwise causes
condensation inside the bottom of the lamp bowl. The wick will then
draw up this condensed water causing it to sputter and burn unevenly
- thus a poor light.
2. FILLING LEVEL
Fill to about ONE HALF INCH (1/2) BELOW FILLER CAP. This will give you
many hours of burning without the fuel expanding into the burner and
causing a flooding condition - which will result in a lamp dripping
fuel. A lamp holds about one quart genuine Aladdin Lamp Oil, which will
provide 10 - 12 hours of steady bright, white light.
3. FILLING IN SUMMER
Your Aladdin will obviously have only limited use during the summer
months - perhaps for late romantic dining - or just sheer pleasure.
Always keep the lamp at least half full during the summer months to
avoid the wick drying out. Check daily after use. This is especially
important with the hanging Aladdins. LAMP OIL SWELLS IN SUMMER'S HEAT.
If the lamp is filled to capacity, oil will flood the base of the burner
and this will cause fuel spillage.
4. ALADDIN WICKS
Wicks last for hundreds of hours of operation, if used properly and
the lamp is kept from running dry. KEEP ALL PARTS OF THE LAMP CLEAN
- ALL THE TIME. Stale fuel deposits will cause any oil lamp to smell.
Refill often with genuine Aladdin Lamp Oil or fresh, clean K-1 grade
kerosene. Always use the genuine Aladdin wick cleaner. It has the correct
profile to properly clean the excess carbon from the wick's burning
surface. NEVER USE SCISSORS TO TRIM YOUR WICK. The profile will be incorrect
and the mantle will not light properly. The carbon char on the wick's
burning surface is necessary for smooth burning, but excess carbon disturbs
the profile and should be removed only with wick cleaner. When changing
an Aladdin wick, always make sure to the wick is absolutely dry. Follow
the instructions on the wick carton and refrain from touching the top
of the wick itself, as to not deform the burning surface. Make sure
the wick slides smoothly up and down after attaching to the wick raiser.
After many years of service, it may be necessary to remove the wick
and polish the tube upon which the wick moves for smooth operation.
5. ALADDIN WICK CHARRING
It is important to have a properly charred wick in order for your Aladdin
to produce a good even blue flame. To char wick: (a) Remove gallery
and flame spreader. (b) Turn wick up 1/8" above outer wick tube.
(c) Dip top of wick into Aladdin lamp oil briefly (about 5 seconds).
(d) Light wick and let it burn until flame goes out (3 to 5 minutes).
(e) Allow top of wick to smolder or glow until completely out. (f) Use
Aladdin wick cleaner to smooth top of wick. Reinstall flame spreader
and gallery assembly. NOTE: WICK must be completely dry in order to
char wick top.
6. CHIMNEY CLEANING
Use warm water and mild detergent. MAKE SURE THE CHIMNEY IS THOROUGHLY
DRIED BEFORE FITTING ONTO THE LAMP. Damp chimneys break more easily.
7. LIGHTING BURNER
Remove the gallery, mantle and chimney as one unit. When lighting the
burner, let the flame form a complete ring around the flame spreader
without turning up the wick too high. When you put the gallery back
onto the lamp (with the mantle and chimney in place) turn up the wick
until incandescence of the mantle is jut visible - and only just!
8. BURNING THE LAMP
Leave the lamp in this state (#6 above) to warm up for ten minutes or
so. This will increase the chimney draft and thus increase the fuel
flow to the wick tip. Then turn up the light. As the burner heats up,
the oil being capillarized by the wick will thin out, thus increasing
the oil flow to the wick tip. NEVER turn up the lamp to full brightness
immediately. Doing so will cause too much fuel to flow into the burner
and upset the air-to-fuel ratio of 94% air and 6% fuel. The result will
be a sooted up mantle with black spots at best - and a runaway lamp
at worst. NEVER LEAVE A LIGHTED ALADDIN UNATTENDED. NEVER TOUCH THE
GALLERY OR CHIMNEY OF A LIT ALADDIN OR ONE RECENTLY EXTINGUISHED - SERIOUS
BURN INJURY COULD RESULT!
9. ENJOYMENT AND PLEASURE
Your Aladdin Kerosene Mantle Lamp will give you many years of trouble-free
service with only normal replacement of mantles and wicks. Use it, enjoy
it, and tell a friend about the mystical and magical Aladdin lamp that
give out the soft, white light without the need for electric power.
Mr. John Claypole of England, stated it best: "The
Aladdin is a 'Magical and Mystical' light. A light without fuss or noise,
without cables or pipes. In a shack or a mansion, in a cottage or in
a castle - light where you want it and when you want it; that's The