I have always been paranoid about fire on the
island, with no running water, no fire department,
and a building now 150 years old. Sprinkled
among the rooms in the lighthouse keeper's
house are these old "fire extinguishers"; liquid
carbon tetrachloride "glass bombs" dating back
to probably 1900 or earlier. Lift from the holder
and throw at the fire source.
Original dining room and kitchen hanging oil
lamps. They hang on chains with counter-
weights which allow raising and lowering to
desired height. The burners were fine. I
needed only to replace the wicks.
"Oh, never mind about the washing," said Toad,
not liking the subject.
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
Round wick kero lamp (left) with non-pressurized
"mantle" I purchased from Lehman's "Non-Electric
Catalog". It produces light equivalent to a 60 watt light
bulb. Fine for reading, and a big boost over regular flat
wick lamps which equate to a 15 watt bulb. Round
wicks without a mantle will give about a 30 watt
Kero lamps with mantles, as with Coleman propane
lamps with mantles, throw good light but must be
heated slowly and evenly and not too high, lest the
mantle go poof and disintegrate instantly to ashes.
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