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I converted an anchor light type oil lamp into a LED light. I used one of those sensblubs. A lot of light, enough to read buy.
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Do you all leave hatches and companionways open when the lamps are burning? How much ventilation is needed for safety? I'd like to pick up a couple oil lamps too.
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I leave one of the aft most ports and one of the forword most ports open when we use them, just to be safe, they really don't get used that often, but they're nice when we do
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I have the big and little Den Haan maps.. The little one was gifted to me, and works quite well as a backup anchor light, and for warming up the cabin. The big one has never burned right, and is way too large for use as a backup navlight.. I didn't think carefully enough about the dimensions when I ordered it, and when it arrived I didn't feel like paying to ship it back, and a restocking fee, so I kept it... don't know what to do with it now.
I ordered a couple of cheap brass lanterns from http://www.y2klanterns.com/ and was pleased. Not much use anymore since little LED flashlights last forever and provide much more light at much less cost than burning paraffin.



Here is my new backup and primary anchor light
mounts on top of my radome and batteries last forever!!!
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We have three lamps that we use quite often during the cooler months. We burn either paraffin our ultra pure unscented lamp oil. The paraffin has no oder at all but does burn much hotter. The oil even though unscented has a bit of that mineral spirits smell when burning. If you are having sooting (smoking) problems you may have the wick to high.
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I ignored the last oil lamp I knew, and gave away my last Coleman lantern last week after 15 years of not using it. I just don't like the smell of most oil lamps, or having the flame on the boat, or the fumes. These days, LED lamps are so convenient and so cheap, that's all I would look for in portable interior lighting.

I like fire--I just don't like it anyplace that I might be sleeping. Especially around flammables like Polartec and most upholstery.
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I have a miner lamp that work really well. It takes up half of the space that the big trawler style lamps do, burns bright and clean, and i can sit it down anywhere because it has a flared base. It also has a good hook for hanging where I want it.

I use Weems & Plath brand paraffin fuel, burns bright and clean, no smoke. I have two dorades in the main cabin that keep the boat well ventilated, and i just barely crack (1/2") the companionway slide for a little extra. I have a CO detector right near the area that has never gone off because of the lamp (cooking is another story). It's a small lamp, not a camp fire.







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Bill, what kind of boat do you have? It looks like a Bayfield 29 from the avator picture.
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Do you all leave hatches and companionways open when the lamps are burning? How much ventilation is needed for safety? I'd like to pick up a couple oil lamps too.
We very rarely close the companionway hatch and almost never have the drop boards in when onboard. The Womboat also has two good dorade type vents, an opening port in the aft quarter berth plus two small hatches which we leave open permanently over the head (which is aft opposite the quarter berth and galley) and the galley which open under the dodger. other hatches are open depending on the weather or sea conditions.
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Alex, I have a hanging oil lamp I bought from the poor girl who fell off Picton Castle (see Overboard: Laura Gainey's Death and the Picton Castle) and I have a paraffin lamp mounted on the forward bulkhead. I will get you some pictures when I go aboard next week.

Do NOT use kerosene (unless it's an outdoors anchor lamp). Use high-quality paraffin and if you are unfamiliar with how to use any kind of oil lamp...practice on land! Trimming the wick from square to round edges gives a better flame, and the usual procedure is to lift the glass or otherwise access the wick with it about 2 cm. high. Once lit, lower the wick until it is 0.5 cm high...this will usually give plenty of flame. Lowering it further will extinguish the flame, but you have to be careful that it is truly out.

Probably for your boat a hanging lamp would be best because then you would only have to put a hook of some type in the cabin roof and the light (which is only good for atmosphere unless it is one of those larger models like Sapperwhite's miner's lamp) will be cast evenly around your cabin.

Open candles are a terrible idea on a boat, with the exception of tea candles in heavy bases, and that's strictly fair weather stuff.

There's a few religious groups in North America who don't like electricity, and consequently have continued to evolve oil lantern technology, such as it is. Dietz is one of the better companies:

http://lanternnet.com/

Lehman's is a company that sells products to people who don't have electricity or live "off the grid" (not your types, I know), and they sell dozens of oil lamp styles.

http://www.lehmans.com/jump.jsp?item...C2%2C669%2C682
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