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06-28-2012, 04:44
My new lantern from Lehman's will not stay lit ! It seems to burn for about 5 minutes and then slowly goes out...

I'm using K1 kerosene and a cotton wick

Anyone else have a similar problem or solution ?

06-28-2012, 15:26
My Dad used to have an old Dietz Kerosene railroad lantern. He used to have it lit all the time on summer nights.

If that's the kind of lantern you're talking about, does the wick stay lit without the glass on? Maybe you're choking it and the vents on the top and the bottom are plugged.

Either that or you got some bad Kero.

06-28-2012, 16:27
Sounds like the wick isn't absorbing properly.'08.

06-29-2012, 06:03
I think this is the problem. I'm waiting on some new wicks from Lehmans. I cut the current wick and found the inner fibers to be somewhat dry even though they've been sitting in the kerosene for two days.

06-29-2012, 07:20
Let the new ones soak for 3 days before you attempt ta light them.'08.

06-29-2012, 07:43
It sounds like what happens if the oil is too thick for the wick. Do they make different wicks for kero vs. paraffin lamp oil?

NC Bullseye
06-29-2012, 10:31
The K1 you're using doesn't have the red dye in it does it?

The red dye clogs up things and causes problems.

Kyle M.
06-29-2012, 10:37
I've had good luck with the lamp oil they sell in the camping section at walmart.

07-02-2012, 04:54
Let the new ones soak for 3 days before you attempt ta light them.'08.
Thanks, this seems to be the solution ! Lantern is burning fine now.

07-02-2012, 07:49
If you change fuel providers,be able ta change wicks.Some wicks are "addicted" ta it's first fuel.'08.

walt cowan
07-11-2012, 19:10
soak the old wick in viniger and let air dry.

07-13-2012, 21:18
Love the smell of a kerosene lamp!