Aladdin Lamp Anatomy

Aladdin lamps are made up of many integral parts. Each part has an essential function. Before learning how to operate your lamp, it is important to know the names of all the parts and why they are important. To learn how your lamp functions, click here.

Aladdin Lamp Anatomy

Basic Lamp Anatomy

Parts Description and Function

  • Chimney – clear glass tube that fits into the gallery; creates draft by pulling air from burner and out through the top
  • Mantle – light-emitting part of lamp, made of fragile, cone-shaped rayon filament net containing the element yttrium (“rare earth element”)
  • Burner Assembly – point of combustion where fuel is converted to light and screws into lamp font collar; air enters through holes in the burner basket (“side draft”) and mixes with air, which feeds the flame of the wick
  • Font – bowl that holds the fuel, and where the burner is mounted to the collar

Burner Anatomy

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Parts Description and Function

  • Gallery – removable, upper portion of burner that holds the chimney and mantle in place
  • Outer Wick Tube – comprised of the Outer Wick Flange and Air Distributor; internal, removable part of the burner which encases the wick and distributes air flow
  • Flame Spreader – small, perforated, thimble-like part that fits into the top of the inner wick tube (and inside the wick); delivers more air to the wick which is required to create the blue flame
  • Inner Wick Tube – tubular center of the burner that fits inside the top, round part of the wick; holds the flame spreader as well as channels air to the inside of the wick for combustion
  • Burner Basket – base of the burner that screws into the collar on the font and contains the Inner Wick Tube ; holes in the basket allow air to enter and mix with the fuel for proper burning
  • Wick Raiser Knob – allows the user to raise or lower the height of the wick; contains the model number of the lamp on the face
  • Wick – woven cotton fabric that draws fuel from font to burner, using capillary action (the ability to draw liquid upwards against the force of gravity); when the top of the wick is lit, the fuel burns, and the heat provided causes the mantle to glow
  • Wick Raiser – metal arms that attach directly to the two metal side tabs of the round wick, and it fits into the wick raiser knob gear in the burner to move the wick up or down when the wick raiser knob is turned
  • Wick Raiser Knob Post/Gear – the knob; the gear on the inside engages with the wick raiser, which in turn raises or lowers the wick

Font Anatomy

Parts Description and Function

  • Foot/Pedestal – part that the bowl or font sits on that raises it up; table lamps have a foot or pedestal (as shown in image), while shelf lamps consist of only the bowl
  • Bowl/Font – the part that holds the fuel
  • Fill Cap/Plug – covering of the opening in the font where the fuel is poured; filler caps are used on glass lamps, filler plugs are used on metal lamps
  • Collar – threaded metal adapter fitted to the opening in the font, in which the burner screws into

Mantle Anatomy

Parts Description and Function

  • Base Ring Tabs – part that screws into the gallery to keep it stable while in use
  • Mantle Fabric/Bag – part of the lamp that produces the light; woven rayon fibers containing the element yttrium react to the heat produced by the wick
  • Wire Frame/Wire Support – metal bracket used for handling of the mantle and securing it to the gallery
  • Ears – connect the wire frame to the base