An Oil Lamp Primer

| 2/21/2017 11:48:00 AM

Katherine Grossman

Oil Lamps
Flat wick oil lamps and an Aladdin Mantle with a glass shade sit ready for a power outage

It’s a good idea to keep a couple of oil lamps on hand for power outages and emergencies. Personal economics and family lighting needs should influence the type of oil lamps you choose for your home.

In general there are four different types of oil lamps:

• Floating Wick Lamps
• Flat or Round Wick Lamps
• Mantle Lamps
• Pressurized Lamps

Floating Wick Lamp
Floating wick lamps are good for decorative mood lighting or extreme emergencies. These lamps use a small wick that floats on a surface of oil and is threaded through a piece of cork or some type of noncombustible fixture.