Lanterns were an invention of a lifetime during the early 1800’s. Though, today they are not much of prime importance, the age old lanterns such as Dietz Lanterns are still regarded as one of the most valuable collectibles. Although these antiques are known to have a very long life, they still need a little care and proper handling. In this article we will take you through the ways to handle Diets Lanterns properly.
The first thing you need to learn about handling a lantern is to how to lift the globe. You need to hold the lift ring and pull it upwards. While doing this, make sure that you gently tilt the globe in one direction. Make sure you don’t apply a lot of force on the globe because by doing so, you might end up damaging it.
Most of us also face problems while handling burner and cutting wicks in a Dietz lantern. The first thing that needs to be done to cut the wick is that the burner has to be lifted. All you need to do to lift the burner is to hold the wick in between your fingers and dry out excess fuel from it. Once you are sure that the wick is completely dry, you need to lift up the burner very gently. It is very important to give a gentle lift because any jerk would make the liquid fuel to jump out of the fuel tank. The wick needs to be cut straight, as straight wick proves to be much more fuel efficient when compared to the haphazardly cut wick.
Proper handling of Dietz Lanterns not only makes them last forever, but also increases the light output and fuel efficiency. In addition to this, proper handling makes the lantern safer for the public around.
Do you want to have a beachside-patio experience in your apartment? Or are you planning to bring on extra flavor to your upcoming outdoor picnic or camp? The best and the most economical way to experience these out-of-routine experiences is to go for a Dietz lantern. The components of a Dietz lantern are: glass flame chamber, bull’s-eye lenses, lantern wick, burners, fuel caps and miscellaneous replacement parts. Of all these, the most important part of the lantern is the wick. This is the place where air is converted to flame through a series of chemical reactions between the flame and atmospheric oxygen. It is very important that we maintain the wick properly and trim it at least a day before you use your lantern. Keeping the wick clean without fuel gutter and grease improves the quality of the lantern’s flame.
The advantage of a wick lantern is that it works like a candle. Its mechanism is quite simple. The wick is connected to a small fuel chamber located at the bottom of the lantern. This is why the base of the lantern must be at least 3 inches. The space would be ample for a fuel chamber. And the base would be stable without any abrupt movements. When a wick has a free supply of kerosene, it gives a bright yellow flame. The glass chamber protects the wick from being exhausted by external air circulation.
After you use Dietz lantern, the wick is combusted. It leaves fine layer of soot and fuel gutter. This is where wick maintenance comes in. The wick must be carefully cleaned with a cotton swab or a dry cloth. When it is devoid of dirt, you can dip the wick into a small quantity of fuel. The wick absorbs the fuel and is it ready for the next use.
Dietz lanterns were first made from late 19th century when a mechanism of side tubes was introduced by John H Irwin into a normal lantern. They differed from the earlier models by the way they are operated. Due to continuous air supply to the flame, flame never dwindles or erupts. As a result of steady air consumption, the lantern uses less fuel. There are many types even in Dietz lanterns. They give bright flame, which gives a cheery glow depending on the type you choose. Fresh air is pumped with regularity in the cold blast type of lamps to maintain the lantern’s flame.
A Dietz lantern has compact measurements and it has a height of 5 inches. The top and bottom are approximately 2 and 3 inches respectively. The weight of the lantern is around a pound. It is easy to manage on an outdoor excursion and it is a useful appliance to take on a camping trip. All standard versions of Dietz lanterns come with strong metal stopper and burner cases. They also have two metal hoops to keep the glass chamber in place.
Always use replacements suggested by the manufacturer. This ensures that the lanterns are maintained well and the kerosene consumption is kept at a minimum level. You can choose a model according to its color or weight. Dietz lanterns are manufactured in many colors like solid red, green, amber, stone-blue, and tinted blue. Make sure that it blends in your décor even if it is only camping gear. The weight pressed glass-globe mechanism prevents scratches and any other accidental damage.
The main components of this lantern are a glass bull’s-eye, replacement glass globes, miscellaneous parts, lantern wick, burners and fuel caps. They are also made in different textures like plain glass, patterned glass and crystal glass.