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18 people found this helpful
on 4 September 2009
These are great for the price. By all means pay more for better construction, but if you want a few cheap ones for the garden or camping then these are great.
Just make sure you don't fill beyond 85% or the line marked or it will leak. Although this isn't a major safety issue as it could be with spirit or petrol, it isn't nice. Also, don't do what many people do and have the wick too high. It should be BELOW the hood and then there is no smoke and the glass stays clean. This also reduces smell.
Modern, sealed houses are not good for ventilation so either use very expensive lamp oil or if using dead cheap paraffin, use outside or in another well ventilated space. The glass gets hot, so educate children about them and don't let pets get too close (they usually keep away). If they are knocked over they usually go out - unlike Hollywood would have you believe!
Enjoy the warm light and appreciate that it won't ruin your night vision or attract the insect population from far and wide that battery and gas lanterns do.
So cheap to run too.