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Antique Lamp Supply

Our antique lamp supply offers the best oil lamp parts and oil lanterns for sale. If you need a handy hurricane lantern or family camping lantern, our old fashioned lanterns are functional and decorative. We have all the replacement parts you need, including: wicks, globes, chimneys, and burners. Decorate your next event with antique inspired hanging lanterns. Bring one with you on the next family camping trip. Everyone has fun with these rustic, classic lanterns! Also, read our knowledge base for important information on oil lamps and lanterns.

Oil Lantern and Lamp Safety Tips

Uses for Your Oil Lantern

Your oil lantern is a functional and versatile friend. You may have bought it for one purpose and have yet to unlock its full potential!

Lanterns make unique lighting. Imagine using an oil lantern for soft lighting in a photoshoot or for sparking a romantic dinner. Take your oil lantern to any outdoor event or occasion--camping, night fishing, the 4th of July, etc. You don’t need electricity with this piece of equipment!

Lanterns make unique decoration. The beautiful old fashioned design adds a unique element of decor to any room or occasion. Easily hang your lantern from a wall, tree, or garden stake. Place it on a table, mantle, or bookshelf. Use your lantern then easily store it. Remember to bring out that lantern for the next party or event!

Lanterns make unique experiences. Surprise your spouse with a dinner by oil lantern light. Teach your kids about old fashioned lighting. Impress your friends by the campfire with more than ghost stories. Your oil lantern is a vessel for creating lasting memories and relations. It will catch eyes and spark conversation!

Decorating with lanterns

Oil lanterns make great decorative lighting for weddings, dinner parties, holidays, and outdoor events. Oil lanterns can be placed on dinner tables or hung from walls. They are easily operable and store well for the occasional use. Use citronella lamp oil to repel bugs. Add a unique element of light and warmth to any scene with a set of our old fashioned railroad lanterns.

Lanterns for Weddings

Oil lanterns and oil lamps are the perfect lighting decor for weddings. Red railroad lanterns bring unique warmth to an old fashioned outdoor wedding. Glass oil lamps can be placed on dinner tables for a classic vintage theme. Decorate glasses and globes with non-flammable paint for color and design schemes. Ribbons can be tied around the base or handles for a nice touch. Finally, lamp oil can be colored and scented to add pleasure beyond the eyes.

How to make a mason jar lamp

  1. You will need: a mason jar, metal lid, nail, bottle of olive oil or non-toxic burning oil, and one quality cotton wick.
  2. Puncture a hole in the lid with the nail and run the wick through the hole to the bottom of the jar. Only expose about half an inch of wick to avoid large flames.
  3. Pour in the oil and tighten the lid on the jar. Voila! Your very own homemade mason jar oil lamp!

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How to Clean and Store Lanterns

Maintain your lantern by regularly cleaning and properly storing.

  1. Regularly trim the charred tip of the wick with sharp scissors.
  2. Regularly clean the chimney with warm, soapy water. Rinse and dry.
  3. Remove unused oil before storage. Simply pour remaining oil into the original container or a sealed glass jar.
  4. Wrap the fragile components of the lantern in bubble wrap or other protective material. You can store lanterns in original containers or other cardboard boxes.

How to operate/fuel a Lantern

  1. Unscrew/remove the chimney of the lantern.
  2. Fill the lantern approximately ¾ full with lamp oil or other certified oil (oil swells with heat). Use oil pitchers and funnels to prevent spills.
  3. Allow the wick to saturate in oil for 20-30 minutes. Wick will be ready to light when darkened with oil.
  4. Adjust the wick to about ½ inch above the burner and light the wick using a long match or lighter.
  5. Carefully screw/replace the chimney back on to the lantern.
  6. If regularly using, keep lantern at least halfway full to prevent drying of lamp wick.

How much oil will I need?

As a general rule, oil lamps/lanterns burn about 1/2 oz. of oil per hour. This means that a half gallon of lamp oil will last about 145-150 hours. A small amount of oil will go a long way! Always fill your tank to about 3/4 full or to where safely marked. Lantern oil will swell with heat.

How to Trim Wicks

  1. Remove the lamp chimney.
  2. Increase the wick height with the adjustment wheel.
  3. Remove the charred top of the wick of by cutting straight across the width of the wick.
  4. You can also cut the corners of the wick at an angle, making a triangled point. This slight adjustment will improve the shape of the flame.
  5. Readjust the wick height to no more than 1/2 inches of visible wick.

How to choose the correct size wick for your oil burner

The easiest way to find the right wick width is to measure the old wick. You can also measure the wick channel. Just pull off the top of the burner to get to the top side of the channel. If the top does not remove, flip the burner upside down and carefully measure the bottom side. It is better to err on a slightly smaller width. A slightly smaller width will still fit the burner, where a slightly larger width will not. For length, it is better to err on longer than shorter. If your wick cannot reach the fuel, it will dry out and extinguish.

Compare the width of the wick channel to the widths of our lamp wicks. You have a good chance of finding the right match. If it is not perfect, one that is slightly smaller will work on most burners.

How to replace your kerosene burner

The most important thing to remember when choosing a burner for your lantern is that the burner and lamp collar fit. A loose or ill-fitting burner is a fire hazard. Be sure to test the fit of your burner before adding any oil to the lamp. Screw the burner down until it is tight on the lamp. It should thread smoothly and fit snugly on to the lamp collar. If it wiggles or wobbles, your burner does not fit. If you are unsure about what size burner you need, simply measure the inside diameter of the collar opening. Click here for collars. Click here for burners.

Choosing the correct size chimney for your lantern

Lamp chimneys are a fragile component of your lamp/lantern and will occasionally need to be replaced. Keep them clean and protected to extend life. The most important dimension to consider is the base diameter. The chimney must fit the base diameter to ensure a snug hold. The chimney needs to seat correctly on the burner to promote the most efficient combustion of the lamp oil. A properly fitting lamp chimney facilitates an updraft through the chimney to help cool the burner and foster a steady flame. If a poorly fitting chimney is used, air will enter the combustion area around the wick from the underside of the chimney. This creates a “candle in the wind” effect and will degrade the efficiency and output of the lantern. There is also the risk of the chimney falling and breaking. Click here for lamp chimneys. Click here for burners.

Diameter of Burner

The History of Lanterns

1900 United States:
Oil lamps at the turn of the 19th century were a practical item found in most modest homes. Lamps came in all shapes and sizes, often decorated with flowers or scrolls. Lamps could be made from metal, porcelain, or glass, and priced accordingly to fit all budgets.

The kerosene lamp was brilliantly convenient! Unlike candles, oil lamps would not go out at the faintest wind. They produced much more light, much more cheaply, and quickly became a symbol of the mid-nineteenth century.

Families spent evenings around the oil lamp, much like they spend around the television today. The image of gathering around the oil lamp can be found in magazines of that time. Ladies would bow their heads over their knitting or embroidery. Men would read allowed from great works of literature.

The lighting of the oil lamp in the afternoon marked the procession into night. Lamps would appear before sunset, taken from a kitchen or pantry where they were washed and stored. Oil lanterns became a symbol for life itself. People would say, “his lamp is low,” if a man was well past his prime. When a person died, they’d say, “his lamp has run out.”

Cultural Significance of Lanterns

Like most household goods in the 19th century lamps were a symbol of status. The most expensive lamps with marble column bases, bronze decorations, or porcelain bowls were found in the grandest homes. However, everyone, no matter what status, had a kerosene lamp.

Oil lamps meant progress. Greater convenience for all, fortunes for few, and the development of a new kind of consumer art.