ALADDIN LAMP

HAVING TROUBLE?

We suggest you check the following:

  1. Be sure the flame is not turned too high- this will cause smoking.
  2. Make sure the wick is even in height with no rough spots.
  3. If there is excessive carbon or residue from oil on the top of the wick, it needs to be cleaned with the wick cleaner which was supplied with your new lamp.
  4. Flame spreader must be seated in the center tube. Be sure all holes in the flame spreader are clear and not clogged with carbon or dirt.
  5. Dents in the flame spreader will alter the performance of your lamp.
  6. Mantle must be locked in correct position.
  7. Outer wick tube must be locked to burner base.
  8. A good grade of kerosene (K-1) or lamp oil (clear, unscented) must be used in your Aladdin lamp. If your mantle will not glow at the top, but only at the bottom, regardless of how high the wick is turned, it is the result of BAD FUEL. 
  9. DO NOT USE LIQUID PARAFFIN (ULTRA-PURE). THIS TENDS TO POOL IN THE BURNER BASE CAUSING FLARE-UPS WHICH MAY DESTROY YOUR MANTLE AND/OR CHIMNEY.

If you will follow the instructions in the Blue Owner's instruction manual, your Aladdin lamp will give many years of dependable service.

INSTALLATION OF NEW WICK:

Remove gallery assembly by turning counter-clockwise. Remove burner from bowl. Take out flame spreader (perforated cap in center of burner). Remove outer wick tube by turning counter-clockwise and lifting. Turn wick up fully and pull it out of burner with wick carrier. Keep Carrier!

Pass paper tabs on new wick through the two semi-circular slots in burner base.

Pull tabs until bottom of tape inside wick is just below the top edge of center tube. With arms uppermost fit carrier to burner on winder side. Push carrier down until rack just engages with winder cog. Hold top of wick and turn winder counter-clockwise slowly until carrier arms engage with wick clips. Ensure that they are properly engaged and then turn down wick. Replace flame spreader ( holes uppermost ). Replace outer wick tube by locking it under all three tabs inside rim of burner. Remove paper tabs from wick.

THE ALADDIN MANTLE LAMP:

Aladdin Lamp has been selling mantle lamps for 90 years. The success of the Aladdin lamp is still based on the superior performance when compared to other kerosene lamps. In fact, the original marketing technique was a no cost, no risk, in home use. Aladdin salesmen identified homes without mantle lamps by the yellow flickering light of wick lamps. Then the homeowner was offered a mantle lamp with fuel for a one week trial. After the trial, the homeowner could return the lamp, no questions asked, or purchase. The vast majority of consumers spent $4.50 for an Aladdin lamp to replace their 25 cents wick lamps. The key reasons consumers were willing to purchase the more expensive Aladdin lamp were economy in use and product quality. The Aladdin lamp produces four times more light per gallon of kerosene than wick lamps. Also, the Aladdin mantle lamp produces a white light equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb which most consumers prefer over the yellow light of wick lamps. The advantages of a wick lamp today are the same as they were 90 years ago.

Wick lamps produce light by the process of burning kerosene. ( These lamps are essentially liquid fueled candles with bigger wicks. ) The Aladdin lamp produces light with an incandescent mantle that glows with a brilliant white light. In terms of the amount of light produced, the incandescent mantle is far more efficient than any wick lamp. The following diagram shows a cross section of the Aladdin mantle lamp.(Sectional View) The modern day burner has been refined and improved to provide a steady flow of hot gases across the mantle. The hot combustion gases heat the mantle, which is a special mixture of rare earth oxides, to produce light by a process called incandescence. Incandescence is the same process by which electric light bulbs produce light. Careful observation will reveal the small blue flame below the mantle, not the yellow flame of a wick lamp. This blue flame not only is hotter, because of the burner design, but burns kerosene with far greater efficiency than wick lamps.

Proper use and care of the Aladdin mantle lamp does require some attention. The recommended procedures are explained in the instruction manual. The key points involve proper adjustment. The Aladdin lamp, just like a fine engine, must warm up to proper operating temperatures for best performance. The warm-up process takes about ten minutes. It is important to observe the mantle carefully for a period of 10-15 minutes after lighting or adjusting the wick. If you see any orange-yellow flame passing through the mantle, the wick is adjusted too high. (Also, the wick may need trimming- see instructions.) Failure to lower the wick and eliminate these orange colored flames will result in a black soot deposit on the mantle. Eventually, the soot will pass through the chimney and into the house. If a soot deposit accidentally occurs on the mantle, do not become alarmed. It is usually possible to burn away the deposit by lowering the wick. The soot burning process will require a few minutes (for small deposits), or more than an hour for large deposits.

With proper care, an Aladdin kerosene lamp can last a lifetime, as attested by the large number of Aladdin antique lamps still in use today.

{The above information was provided by Aladdin Industries, Inc.} 

FLAME SPREADERS FOR OLDER ALADDIN LAMPS:

If you can't find an original replacement flame spreader for your old Model 5 and Model 6 Aladdin Lamp, try installing the new type replacement flame spreader for Models 12-present. Aladdin part #N106 Flame Spreader will fit into the center draft tube perfectly! These flame spreaders will also work on Model 7, Model 8, Model 9, Model 10 and Model 11 if you place a spacer made from a 3/4 inch copper tubing. The design on the N106 was changed to make the flame spreaders stronger. The original type had a slightly rounded top that was easily bent. The concave design of the new replacement flame spreaders is much stronger.

( Courtesy of "DarkStar of AladdinKnights )

OWNER'S INSTRUCTION MANUAL:

Aladdin Kerosene-Electric Incandescent Lamp

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ASSEMBLING YOUR NEW LAMP.

  1. Carefully unwrap all parts of your lamp.
  2. IF YOUR LAMP IS EQUIPPED WITH A SHADE AND TRIPOD (SHADE HOLDER), PLEASE NOTE THAT TRIPOD ATTACHES TO LAMP BETWEEN BURNER AND BOWL.(Fig. 1)
  3. Screw burner into bowl by turning it clockwise.
  4. Remove Lox-On mantle from box by handling the wire frame.(Fig.2) Do not touch mantle fabric. Fit mantle to burner gallery- the upper detachable part of the burner which also holds the chimney when assembled.(Fig.3) Lock mantle into place by turning it clockwise.
  5. Insert Lox-On chimney into gallery (Fig.4) and secure in place by gently turning clockwise. The chimney should NOT fit snugly, but should have a slight looseness to allow for heat expansion when lamp is lit. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. Chimney is prone to breakage if over tightened. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE FITTING THE CHIMNEY INTO THE GALLERY, YOU MAY HAVE TO BEND THE METAL TABS ON THE GALLERY OUTWARD SLIGHTLY.
  6. Place shade on tripod arms.(Fig.5) If shade fits too tightly, bend arms of tripod down slightly to accommodate shade.
  7. IF YOUR LAMP IS EQUIPPED WITH AN ELECTRIC CONVERTER and you wish to use the electric converter, follow the same instructions for assembly as those for the kerosene burner ( Steps 2 and 3 ). Then screw in the light bulb you have chosen (a 60 Watt bulb is suggested for the electric converter). Insert the chimney as described in Step 5 above. The tripod will fit between the converter and the lamp bowl in the same manner as described above for the kerosene burner.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIGHTING AND OPERATING YOUR NEW ALADDIN LAMP.

  1. Fill bowl with Aladdin lamp oil or a good grade of fresh, clean, refined kerosene. NEVER USE GASOLINE OR OTHER DANGEROUS FUELS IN YOUR ALADDIN LAMP. The use of scented lamp oil is NOT recommended since additives in these oils can clog the wick and interfere with the correct operation of your lamp.
  2. ALLOW THE WICK IN THE BURNER TO SOAK IN THE KEROSENE AT LEAST ONE HOUR BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO LIGHT YOUR LAMP. This is very important since the wick must be adequately soaked with kerosene to burn properly.
  3. With a lit match, burn off the protective coating on the mantle by removing the chimney and touching the match to the bottom of the mantle.(Fig.7) Do not touch the mantle with the match stick itself, since this will damage the mantle. The protective coating will burn off in a flash of flame when the coating burns off; this is normal. Replace the chimney in its original position over the mantle on to the gallery.(Fig.4)
  4. Now you are ready to light your Aladdin lamp. Turn gallery counter-clockwise and lift gallery, mantle and chimney as a unit off the burner.(Fig.8A) MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE OUTER WICK TUBE IS NOT REMOVED AND REMAINS SECURELY ATTACHED TO THE BURNER. Do not remove chimney from gallery. After the coating has been burned off the mantle, always keep the gallery, mantle and chimney intact as a unit.
  5. Turn wick up about one-eighth inch above the outer wick tube and light wick. (Fig.8B)When flame has covered entire top edge of wick, carefully place gallery, mantle and chimney unit on burner and lock into place. Do not allow gallery to drop into position as this could injure the mantle.
  6. Turn wick up slowly until part of the mantle glows white and then allow it to stand for several minutes at this level to warm up. NEVER TURN LAMP UP TO BRIGHTEST LIGHT IMMEDIATELY AFTER LIGHTING AS THIS WILL CAUSE THE LAMP TO OVERBURN AND BEGIN TO SMOKE IN A SHORT TIME. After several minutes turn lamp up to a level of about 75 percent (3/4) of the brightest light output. After the burner has fully warmed up, the heat generated will cause the mantle to increase the intensity of its glow.
  7. A CORRECT LIGHTING CONDITION EXISTS WHEN YOU HAVE AN ILLUMINATED MANTLE WITHOUT POINTS OF ORANGE FLAME BREAKING THROUGH THE MANTLE. If points of flame break through the mantle, the wick is turned up too high and should be adjusted downward.
  8. To put out light, turn wick down just below wick tube until flame disappears. Blow softly into burner (Fig.9) or across top of chimney(Fig.10) to insure flame is extinguished. Raise wick to check that lamp is extinguished. NEVER LEAVE YOUR LAMP UNATTENDED WHILE IT IS OPERATING. IF YOU MUST LEAVE THE ROOM, EXTINGUISH THE LAMP.
  9. Do not clean wick unless it has a formation of carbon crust on it. If it must be cleaned, remove gallery assembly and turn wick down until the top edge of the wick is even with the wick tube flange. Then remove flame spreader from inner wick tube.(Fig.11) Insert wick cleaner into wick tube.(Fig.12) Turn wick up until it presses gently against the cleaner. Turn wick cleaner clockwise slowly until wick is smooth. Never permit cleaner to ruffle or gouge wick as this will produce a ragged wick and high points of flame when lamp is lit.
  10. When replacing wick, please refer to instructions supplied with replacement wick.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ALADDIN LAMP.

READ AND REMEMBER:

  1. NEVER USE GASOLINE OR OTHER DANGEROUS FUELS IN YOUR ALADDIN LAMP. Use Aladdin lamp oil or a good grade of fresh, clean, refined kerosene. Be sure that the container in which you keep your kerosene is kept clean at all times. Every time you install a new wick (or every six months), empty the lamp bowl, clean it, and put in fresh Aladdin lamp oil or kerosene. If you want to use lamp oil , Aladdin lamp oil is especially formulated for best operation of Aladdin lamps. It can be obtained from your dealer.
  2. SOAK NEW WICK at least one hour before using lamp.
  3. HANDLE CHIMNEY, MANTLE AND GALLERY AS A UNIT. This protects the mantle. Do not remove chimney from gallery except to clean chimney or to install new mantle and burn off mantle protective coating.
  4. ALLOW YOUR ALADDIN LAMP TO WARM UP as directed in step 6 of the instructions for lighting and operating your lamp found in the previous section.
  5. CARE OF THE WICK. Use your wick cleaner carefully. It is designed only to remove carbon and to keep the top of the wick smooth and uniform. If your wick has become too badly charred and too uneven, replace it. Remember, an irregular and charred wick produces poor light.
  6. CARE OF THE FLAME SPREADER. This small thimble-like part which rests on the inner wick tube, must be kept clean and free from dirt. If it becomes dented, replace it at once.
  7. FRESH AIR IS NECESSARY. Your Aladdin lamp requires fresh air in order to burn with a blue flame which gives you a brilliant white light. You will get best results from your lamp if the room in which it is used is well ventilated. Never use your lamp in a sealed, air-tight area.
  8. INSURE PROPER PERFORMANCE. Keep Aladdin parts properly assembled. The flame spreader must be seated all the way down---the outer wick tube securely locked in place---the mantle properly and securely locked on the gallery and the gallery properly locked in position on the burner.
  9. HOW TO CLEAN SOOTED MANTLE. If the mantle should accidentally become blackened from carbon or soot, it may be cleaned by turning the flame low and letting the soot burn off slowly. An excessively blackened mantle may require replacement.
  10. DO NOT PLACE YOUR LAMP NEAR FLAMMABLE OR COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS. A distance of at least 30 inches from the ceiling to the top of the chimney of your lamp is recommended. For hanging lamps equipped with a heat bell, shorter distances between lamp and ceiling are acceptable as indicated in instructions for these lamps. Always allow adequate distance between walls and lamp so that excessive heat build up does not occur.

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