|Burning & Operating Tips
What fuel should I use in my Aladdin lamp?
We recommend 1-K grade Kerosene. It should be labeled “water-clear” or “Pearl-clear”.
Stay away from red-dye (taxed) kerosene. The pigments in the dye will
clog the wick and cause burning problems. We do not recommend any lamp
oil or paraffin oil. Lamp oil is full of impurities that will cause burning
problems in your lamp. You will not notice the problems until about
30 minutes into using your lamp (about the time it takes for the wick to
soak up enough impurities to cause problems). After your wick has soaked
in lamp oil or paraffin, it is no longer usable. Paraffin oil, all
though cleaner that regular lamp oil, causes the same burning problems.
Paraffin also has a higher flash point than kerosene, therefore burns hotter
in the Aladdin. Paraffin burns hot enough to actually burn the lacquer
off the gallery, outer wick tube, and flame spreader. It is also easier
to have “Run-Aways”, the lamps that burn fine for the first 10-15 minutes,
then all of a sudden burn really hot, blackened the mantle, soot up the chimney,
and has flames coming out the top of the chimney. (Not to mention the smoke
NEVER USE ANY EXPLOSIVE FUEL IN YOUR ALADDIN LAMP. This would
be a deadly combination!
How much kerosene does the Aladdin burn per hour?
Typically, the Aladdin burns 3 ounces of kerosene per hour. This is based
on a 60 watt light out put, under normal conditions. If the lamp is
turned down, the fuel consumption will also be lower. Sometimes high
elevations (above 4,000 feet) will increase fuel usage. Most lamps
hold approximately 12 hours worth of kerosene.
Tips for filling your lamp up with 1-K kerosene:
Filling level: Fill to about ½” below filler cap. If the lamp
has too much oil, it causes a flood in the burner (Seeping kerosene out of
Tip for filling the lamp up in the Winter:
The fuel must be at room temperature before you fill your lamp up. To
do otherwise, causes condensation to accumulate inside the bottom of the
lamp bowl, the wick will then draw up this condensed water into the wick
and cause it to sputter and burn unevenly.
Tip for filling the lamp up in the Summer: 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 hanging Aladdins.) Remember,
fuel swells in the summer heat. If the lamp is filled up too much,
the burner will become flooded with kerosene, and cause it to spill out.
My lamp drips kerosene from the burner, and the kerosene
level is low. Some burners continue to wick up kerosene, even after they
have been extinguished for some time. The kerosene puddles inside of
the burner will seep out of the burner onto the lamp. The simple solution
is to drill a very small hole in the center of the burner base. This
allows the excess kerosene to drip back into the font.
My lamp “flickers”, what do I do?
Sometimes, the problem is caused by not enough or too much airflow within
the burner. This is most common in the earlier Model 23 burners.
Inserting a small, brass plumber’s ring, cut down to size, and placing it
on the top of the outer wick tube usually corrects the problem. The Stringham
ring, a solid brass ring, is made to fit the outer wick tube exactly also
corrects the problem.
Only the upper portion of the mantle is lit, and it has
The cause for this is usually the flame spreader (the small thimble shaped
piece that sits in the center of the outer wick tube.) is set too low or
is jammed into the burner. Carefully remove the flame spreader, clean
air holes if necessary, and replace it level with or just above the gallery.
Large spikes on the wick, causing black carbon spots on
The cause for this is your wick. Even small threads of the wick can
cause spikes. Carefully clean the wick with your wick cleaner (the
small plastic disk). If there are still small threads sticking up,
use finger nail clippers to remove threads. Never use scissors to trim the
wick, this causes many problems! It is very easy to trim unevenly or too
Only the bottom of the mantle is lit.
Usually, the flame spreader (the small thimble piece in the center of the
outer wick tube) is set too high. Carefully remove the flame spreader (cleaning
if necessary), and set it back in, making sure it at the same level or just
a bit above the gallery. It may take a few times to find the perfect
level for your flame spreader.
The wick has many yellow spikes and the wick is hard to
The most common cause of this problem is carbon build up on the wick.
Try cleaning the wick with the wick cleaner. Also, your lamp may need
to be refilled with kerosene, so the wick is soaking in kerosene.
I keep breaking Lox-OnTM
Chimneys when I burn my lamp.
Lox-OnTM Chimneys tend to break because
they were set into the gallery too tightly. There are three small tabs
on the inside of the gallery that can be easily adjusted to accommodate the
chimney. Why does it break? When glass heats up, it expands.
If there is a tight spot or pressure point on the chimney, and the glass is
expanding, it has nowhere to go. The crack is always going to be at
the tightest spot in the gallery. We recommend the chimney be loose
and have a slight wobble to it. There is an alternative to the Lox-OnTM Chimneys. The heel-less chimney has a smooth
bottom (instead of tabs) and fits into a heel-less gallery or a Lox-On gallery
with heel-less adapter. The heel-less uses a friction fit. The new
borosilicate glass heel-less chimneys are ten times stronger than the glass
used for the Lox-OnTM chimneys (and are
the same price). Click
here to view gallery adapters.
At what elevations is the Light BoosterTM recommended?
The Aladdin Mantle Lamp Company recommends a single Light BoosterTM at 4,000 feet. The Light BoosterTM is a solid brass cylinder that sets on top of
any Aladdin chimney (Lox-OnTM or Heel-less).
It comes in solid brass or nickel-plated brass. The Light BoosterTM is stackable, up to three high. Why does the Aladdin
need a taller chimney at higher elevations? The Aladdin burner uses 94% oxygen
to 6% fuel vapor. The chimney is used to create a draft thru the burner.
(Pulls in air from the sides of the burner, and pushes it up thru the chimney).
At higher elevations, the oxygen levels in the air decrease, and the Aladdin
is not getting the need oxygen. Using a Light BoosterTM creates the extra draft needed to get the correct
amount of oxygen. You do not need to be a high elevation to use the
Light BoosterTM. Adding the Light BoosterTM at sea level will increase the light output by
20% plus increase the heat output. Click
here to view Light BoostersTM.