FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions about Aladdin Lamps

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1. I’M HAVING PROBLEMS WITH MY LAMP’S PERFORMANCE, WHAT IS WRONG?

  •  Chimney keeps cracking – make sure to let your lamp warm up for 10 minutes before turning it up to full power.
  • Black spots on mantle – let your lamp warm up for 10 minutes; to remove: turn down the wick—the spots will slowly burn off.
  • Only part of the mantle is glowing – the flame spreader may be too high (bottom part lit) or too low (upper part lit). 
  • The wick is hard to light/flames spike — clean the top of the wick with a wick cleaner; don’t turn lamp up too high too fast. 
  • Lamp is not very bright – if lamp is used above 4,000’, try using a high output chimney to increase the draft.

2. WHAT TYPE OF FUEL SHOULD BE USED IN ALADDINS?

  • Aladdin lamp fuel or fresh K-1 kerosene (clear only) are recommended for the best performance (kerosene has an odor and will smoke). 
  • KleanHeat can be used if Aladdin lamp fuel or kerosene is not available (caution: KleanHeat may burn hotter than kerosene). 
  • Do NOT use: Ultra Pure or paraffin oil (because they are too thick to travel up large wicks) or colored/dyed fuel.

3. WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO PURCHASE WITH MY ALADDIN LAMP?

  • Aladdin lamps come complete with a mantle, wick, chimney, etc. as well as a detailed Aladdin owner’s manual (#3313). 
  • Suggested to purchase in addition:
    • Lamp fuel (kerosene or Aladdin lamp oil) – essential for the running of the lamp
    • Mantles – they are very fragile and are essential for use, so it’s good to have a couple extra on hand; last 3 months.
    • Wicks – need replaced about every 6 months on regular use, so it’s good to have a couple extra on-hand.
    • Chimney – chimneys will never wear out, but could break if dropped or crack if lamp is heated too quickly, so it’s good to have an extra on-hand.
    • Flame Spreader – most easily lost part when changing wick; absolutely critical for use, so it’s good to have a spare around. 
  • Other parts/accessories:
    • Shade –Lamps come without a shade (unless you purchase a kit that says it includes the lamp and shade); don’t forget the shade ring or tripod.
    • Electric burner – For some versatility, consider buying an electric burner to be able to use lamp with or without electricity.
    • Bug screens – good idea to keep bugs from falling down into the chimney and breaking the mantle.

4. HOW DO I KNOW WHAT REPLACEMENT PARTS I NEED FOR MY ALADDIN?

  • The first thing you need to know is the model # of the Aladdin (model # is found on the wick raiser knob). 
  • All of the parts that we have are matched with the model #s that they will work with.
  • Some parts for very old Aladdin Lamps are no longer made; check eBay or antique stores (see the Antique Aladdin Lamp Dealers list on this website).

5. DO I NEED ALL OF THE PARTS (MANTLE, CHIMNEY, FLAME SPREADER, ETC.) FOR MY LAMP TO WORK?

  • Yes!! All parts are extremely important, and the lamp cannot function properly without all of the parts in working order. The mantle is the light emitting portion of the lamp. Without the flame spreader, the wick will not burn with a blue flame and the mantle will not glow. Without a chimney, the lamp will not draw oxygen and the lamp could overheat.

6. DO ALADDINS PROVIDE MORE LIGHT THAN A FLAT WICK LAMP?

  • Yes–Aladdin Lamps use a mantle which provides the light instead of the wick. The light produced is equivalent to 6-7 flat wick lamps combined.

7. IS THERE A LOT OF MAINTENANCE INVOLVED WITH ALADDIN LAMPS?

  • There is a little more than with a flat wick lamp because they use a mantle will need to be replaced several times a year if used regularly; the wick will also need to be cleaned from time to time as well as the burner, gallery and flame spreader.

8. CAN I CHANGE FROM USING A LOX-ON CHIMNEY TO A HEEL-LESS?

  • Yes—you will need to replace the gallery/burner with a new heel-less version.

9. DO I HAVE TO USE AN ALADDIN CHIMNEY, OR CAN I USE ONE FROM ONE OF MY OTHER OIL LAMPS?

  • You must use an Aladdin chimney! They are specifically designed for high heat – other chimneys could crack

10. WHAT IS THE “HIGH OUTPUT” CHIMNEY AND WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND A REGULAR CHIMNEY?

  • High Output chimneys are about 3” taller than regular chimneys to increase the amount of draft which in turn, creates a brighter light 
  • H.O. chimneys are required at elevations of 4,000 ft. and above for proper burning; at sea level, they can increase brightness up to 20%
    • We no longer will be selling light boosters (extensions for the top of the chimney) – being replaced by the High Output chimney

11. WHAT HAS CHANGED WITH THE NEWEST MAXBRITE 500 VERSION?

  • The burner has been tightened up and closes gaps to improve air leaks, which then creates brighter light and less spiking 
  • New MAXbrite parts: knob, burner basket and outer wick tube, flame spreader, chimney
  • Parts staying the same: gallery, wick, wick raiser

12. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TABLE LAMP AND A SHELF LAMP?

  • There is no difference in the working parts–burner, mantle, etc.; table lamps are preferred for reading, as the light is higher off the table 
  • Table lamps will not fit into a wall bracket—only shelf lamps can be hung on the wall

13. WILL ANY SHADE WORK ON MY ALADDIN LAMP? 

  • Using a non-Aladdin shade is NOT recommended! Aladdin shades are specifically designed for high heat – other shades could crack

14. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY LAMP IS AN ALADDIN?

  • All Aladdin Lamps have the name “Aladdin” and the model # printed on the burner wick raiser knob (models 1-4 don’t have the number) 
  • If there is no name on the knob, check on the fuel cap or flame spreader (inside the round wick) for wording
    • Commonly mistaken for Aladdin Lamps: “Rayo”, “B&H”, “Rochester”, “Miller” (hint: Rayos don’t use a mantle) 
  • If it doesn’t use a mantle, it is not an Aladdin Lamp
  • Aladdins commonly have taller, more slender chimneys than other types of lamps

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