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09-23-2011 02:02 PM
SlowButSteady A "cold blast" lantern will provide a lot more light. Those little "dead flame" yacht lamps are really more for "atmosphere" than actual lighting (or maybe as a sort of "night-light"). Kerosene lanterns with mantles, either pressurized ones like Coleman or non-pressurized ones like Aladdin, produce the most light (too much for my taste, as ones night vision is toasted by them) but also produce a lot of heat and fumes. A small boat cabin can be filled with lamp oil/kerosene fumes pretty quickly by a mantled lantern.
09-23-2011 01:36 PM
asdf38
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Originally Posted by Cruiser2B View Post
I just bought the mini latern and gimble. We will use it on the boat for the first time this week. I tested the latern at home and I will warn you it gets hot. The light it gives off was not much but enough for the boat salon in the evening I am guessing. I did notice that the light seems to pulsate a bit. I am guessing this is because of lack of oxygen flow from the bottom of the unit. i will report back on how it works on our salon this coming week.
The mini was Christmas present for my boat last year. It's very nice looking but I was a bit disappointed by the light, and as you say it gets really really hot. It's bright enough that you can go below and find the light switch, but not much brighter. Although that's basically what I want sailing at night when I like some light below in-case I have to go down there but not too much that it's distracting.

I've found that mine goes out on it's own sometimes. I think it's because the flame was too large and it ran out of oxygen.

But yeah, the lantern is very simple. You pour the oil down the hole the wick comes out of and use the bent wire to "grab" the wick and slide it up and down.
09-23-2011 01:14 PM
WanderingStar Hey Barry! You might find that most of the lamp can be kept bright longer by wiping it with vegetable oil after polishing. If any of it cooks off, the smoke won't hurt anyone. My Aladdin Lamp provides about as much light as a 60 watt bulb, but a lot of heat. Also great in cool weather. When it's hot I use the 12v lighting.
09-22-2011 04:44 PM
BarryL Hi,

My boat came with two, mounted port and starboard on bulkheads in the main salon. They work fine, but don't put out a lot of light. It's bright enough to see your way around the boat, but not bright enough to read by, even if you sit close to one.

As mentioned, they do put out a fair amount of heat. That's nice when it's cold out, less so when it's warm.

Mine looks great when it's just been polished, but it tarnishes pretty quickly.

Barry
09-22-2011 01:10 PM
sailortjk1 We have one, never use it. It sits on the fireplace mantle at the house as a decoration.
09-22-2011 11:38 AM
MarkSF
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
W&P does sell replacement globes.
They do, in fact I have a spare globe for sale in the ads section. It's for the W&P Atlantic lamp.
09-22-2011 10:49 AM
SVAuspicious
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
I need to run down to Annapolis and see if they sell replacement globes because I'd really like to use it.
W&P does sell replacement globes.
09-22-2011 09:40 AM
BubbleheadMd The flickering is probably caused the the shape of your wick. Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the wick so that it is curved, an arc or a dome shape, not just flat across the top.

I have the same Weems & Plath lantern. I like the heavy construction, but I find that having to take it apart to light the wick is a real hassle. My Pearson also came with a small, gimballed lantern that is probably a W&P, but the globe is missing. I need to run down to Annapolis and see if they sell replacement globes because I'd really like to use it.

I'm a big fan of oil lamps vs. burning up the battery for light at night. Don't get started on me about LED's. I know they're out there.
09-22-2011 09:34 AM
jjablonowski Mine---from Weems & Plath---has the little bent stiff wire through the bottom with which you can poke the lighted wick up and down to adjust the flame. At a boat show last week I saw a less-expensive almost-identical no-name copy that had no wick adjustment.

Recommend you use highest-quality fuel you can find, sometimes called 'candle' grade, but the unit will burn smelly kerosene, too.
09-22-2011 01:49 AM
blt2ski I have not used the mini yet, altho I do have one, along with the big one. There is some flicker, it maybe oxygen per say, altho a candle in the open flickers also! so to me, O@ is not the issue, just normal air mix that fluctuates.

You can add some of the fragrant oils, works ok, but frankly, we prefer the non fragrant style WP sells as do some other brands. The wick does last a while. I have yet to replace one in about 3-4 yrs use, not that I use it a lot either! I keep it center in the saloon area, with a small air vent on the cabin top.

Marty
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