There is no real difference between
an oil lamp, and an oil candle. Usually, if it has a shade over the
flame, it is called an oil lamp, if the flame is exposed, it's an oil
Most oil candles are a form of
"bead" lamp. That means the wick is held in place simply by forcing it
through a small hole. Friction holds it in place. Some lamps actually
use just a small round bead to hold the wick. Bead lamps ussually use
round cotton wicks. Lamps with thin glass tubes to hold the
wick are almost always fiberglass.
Oil Lamps provide
decorative lighting touches. Regardless of what Abe Lincoln
did, you really don't want to do your homework by one. Abe didn't care
that his ceiling turned black from the high flame needed to produce
useful light, you probably do.
brings us to a word about
lamp oil. The word really is three words "buy the best". Lamp Oil isn't
just kerosene. Maybe it used to be, but the smell and soot would be a
little hard to live with today.
oil, or liquid paraffin, is highly refined and virtually
odorless and smokeless. (Remember to keep the flame small to prevent
We recommend against both
and fragranced lamp oil. Both shorten wick life by clogging the wick
with foreign matter.
Lamp oil is
really only in contact with room air at the wick. When the lamp is lit,
what little perfume may be at the wick, is destroyed by the flame.
lamp oil for color if you are going to put it in a clear lamp and want
a certain look.
adjusted wick produces a flame approximately the size and intensity of
a candle. The flame size is adjusted by raising or lowering the wick
ion its holder. Be careful not to let any part of the wick, including
threads of frays, protrude to far from the top of the lamp or it may
There are two
materials commonly used for wicks today, cotton, and fiberglass. In
theory both should last a long time. Remember, it isn't the wick that
is burning, it's the oil.
wicks don't last forever. You can improve wick life in several ways.
Don't let the lamp burn dry. If
a lamp runs out of oil to burn, you start burning the wick.
Use the highest quality oil.
If you have a choice, use
fiberglass replacements wicks. They do last longer than cotton in