QUESTION: What type of fuel can I use in a flat wick lantern? ANSWER: The approved fuels for flat wick Lanterns are our own Vermont Lanterns Ultra Pure Clear Lamp Oil or any of the following.: 1. Non-Dyed (Clear) Kerosene (Also known as clear K-1 or clear 1-K) 2. Clear-Lite Synthetic Kerosene (No longer being manufactured and has been replaced by Klean-Heat Kerosene Substitute.) 3. W.M. Barr & Co. Klean-Heat Kerosene Substitute (#GKKH99991-Gallon) 4. Standard Clear Lamp Oil (Lamplight Farms Clear Medallion Lamp Oil, #6300, #6400, and #6700 Only ) 5. Genuine Aladdin Lamp Oil (#17552) 6. Citronella Oil (Outdoor use only, cut 50:50 with kerosene to extend wick life.) (Use Klean-Heat, Standard Clear Lamp Oil, or Ultra Pure Clear Lamp Oil. NOTICE: Dyed kerosene or dyed lamp oil will eventually clog the wick and inhibit proper operation. It can also permanently stain the lamp or lantern. Standard clear lamp oil (Lamp Light Farms Medallion Oil,) is available nationwide at: Target, K-Mart, Michaels, Jo-Anns, Ace Hardware, Tru-Value Hardware, Sentry Hardware, and HWI Do-It Centers. Kerosene and synthetic kerosene (now sold under the name "Klean-Heat") is available at or through most hardware stores and home centers including: Home Depot, Lowe's, American Eagle, Coast to Coast, Ace, True-Value, HWI Do-It Centers. Genuine Aladdin Lamp Oil is available from Aladdin Lamp Dealers nationwide. If you purchase kerosene from a gas station, make sure that it is from a "blocked" pump so that it is clear and not dyed red. (Un-blocked kerosene pumps by law must dispense dyed kerosene which will clog lantern wicks, and cause it to not burn properly.) Paraffin Oil (Liquid Candle Wax,) in the UNITED STATES is mis-labeled for use in oil lamps, when in fact it is only suited for candles that use small diameter round wick. 99% or 100% Paraffin (Light Farms Ultra-Pure, Northern Lights Fuel, Nowell's Fuel, Oddity Fuel, Tropical Lights, Weems & Plath, etc.) is NOT designed or suitable for use in tubular lanterns or lamps that use flat wick. Further, it burns only 1/2 as bright of any of the approved fuels listed above. Paraffin has a much higher viscosity and a flash point of 200 degrees or higher, as compared to the flash point of 150 degrees for kerosene. These differences inhibit the necessary capillary action of the wick, and will cause Lamps and Lanterns with 7/8" or larger wick to burner improperly and erratic. PLEASE NOTE: ALL VERMONT LANTERNS ARE 3/4" WICK OR SMALLER Once a extra large wick ( not Vermont Lantern models) is contaminated with paraffin, it must be replaced in order for the lantern to burner properly. If you must use paraffin, it may be mixed 1:10 to 2:10 (one to two parts to ten parts,) with standard oil or kerosene so that it will burn satisfactorily. WARNING: NEVER USE gasoline, Coleman fuel, white gas, paint thinner, mineral spirits, wood alcohol, diesel, naptha, turpentine, or any other explosive fuel in a wick lantern of any type. WARNING: Aviation fuel should not be used in any wick lantern as the fumes from anti-freeze additives can be FATAL if inhaled. Copyright © 1997 - 2008 W.T. Kirkman All Rights Reserved
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