How a kerosene lamp works
A kerosene lamp is simple in its construction and always consists of the same components - tank, burner, wick and lamp cylinder (draught glass). Kerosene lamps produce light by burning kerosene (gasses). One end of the wick hangs in the tank where it can soak up the kerosene. The other end is passed through the burner. It is not the kerosene itself that is ignited but the gas produced by heating the soaked wick. By changing the wick length using a wheel, the size of the flame can be adjusted. A kerosene flame burns brightly with minimal odour and, protected by the glass cylinder, is unaffected by wind. Long-lasting: Many components of a kerosene lamp, such as wall mount, reflector screen or gas mantle can be replaced. Replacement wicks, replacement glass or replacement cylinders for your petroleum lamp are also available from us.
How to use a kerosene lamp correctly
A kerosene lamp only burns if the wick is completely soaked with kerosene. Before lighting the wick, check the tank filling. Is the wick sitting in the kerosene and can it soak it up? If the tank needs a new filling or the wick has dried out, it may take a while before it has absorbed enough kerosene to ignite. If you wish to extinguish the flame manually, lift the glass cylinder and blow out the flame. By simply lowering the wick into the burner to extinguish the flame, there is no guarantee that it will be put out. It may continue to burn "invisibly". Please be cautious here as this could be dangerous! Use only pure kerosene as fuel. In our range you will find special kerosene which is ideally suited for use in kerosene lamps.
In Germany the brightness of a kerosene lamp was originally indicated by the HK number (Hefner Lamp) and it is still used there today. The internationally valid unit candela (cd) is also used, which corresponds approximately to the brightness of a household candle.