What brand or style wicks do you use in your oil lamps? And where do you get them? I'm in the Detroit area -- or maybe off line? I found some at a local hardware store but they seem kinda cheap. They burn and char more than they seem to burn the kerosene. Using them on my 1914.
Suppliers, like Langs, list them. I bought mine at a local hardware store. They were too wide so I cut them down and they work fine.
sporting goods at Walmart works just fine
Ditto harold - the 1/2" wide from Wally Mart.
There is five wicks in a pack for less than $3 as I recall (often wrong!). The round lamps, '15 and up, use the 3/8" wicks.
Are you able to get a nice rounded flame without smoking?
I burned this John Brown 110 continuously for 20+ hours last year on a single font of kerosene trying to see how long they would burn.
I didn't trim the wick or relight the whole time.
Ken in Texas
Be careful of the wick that you use. We had a table top oil lamp one time that didn't burn very good. It had a 1" wick in it. Comparing it to other lamps we had I realized that it didn't have "wick" in it, it had a piece of 1" webbing that someone had replaced at one time. Replaced the webbing with a piece of real wick and the no more problem.
WT Kirkmann (lanternnet.com) has a great deal of info on proper, improper, and plain-old-unsafe fuels for lamps, as well as info that could help troubleshoot problems with wicks and improper burning.
Thanks, guys. As usual, I can always count on you.