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Articles by Alex Marrack:
Centre Draught Oil Lamps English and European Models
The L&B Lamp Belge or Belgian Lampe
Flame spreaders for many excellent lamps have become
lost over the past century, and original flame spreaders are almost
impossible to find. Alex Marrack in England makes reproduction
flame spreaders which are virtually identical to the originals.
With his flame spreaders you can get some of those fabulous old lamps
working again! The basic lamps for which Alex makes flame
spreaders are the
Lampe Belge (as made by
Lempereur & Bernard, sold in the US as ''The Belgian lamp," sold in the
UK as "Lamp Nationale" or LM),
Hinks Annular, Messengers Annular and
I am listing the flame_spreaders made by Alex Marrack
as a courtesy: I am in no way connected with Alex in any business
arrangement. I do this because I love to see old lamps working
again. Without Alex's flame spreaders, my
20''' Veritas and my
L & B 20''' table lamp would not
be in working condition, period - there is no other source for these
parts. If you get Alex's flame spreaders, you will need the proper
chimneys. Those I have available here
- new chimneys custom made in the US from borosilicate glass.
For more information,
contact Alex Marrack directly via e-mail.
Globe Vulkan, Central Vukan, ( also fits equivalent sized
Imperial burners in the US). 16''' 18''' and 24''' sizes.
16''' and 18''' £20.00. 24''' £25.00
50 cp. (20'''
size) Lampe Belge (as made by Lempereur & Bernard. Sold in the
US as ''The Belgian lamp", sold in the Uk as "Lamp Nationale"
or LM - Lewtas Manchester. £20.00
Alex has found a
reasonable stock of original Veritas flame spreaders, picture
shows 20''' at top and 30''' below.
20''' Veritas... £20.00
30''' Veritas £30.00
|45 cp (20''' size)
Hinks Annular / Round wick burner...£20.00
54 Cp (20''' size) Messengers
Annular / Round wick. This spreader also fits the 20''' size
Lampe Belge marked "In Lux Way" on the winder (Made in the
UK by Midland Lighting Co). Also fits ENGLISH 20'''
Juno lamps (but NOT American ones) £20.00
|20 ''' Youngs
Court. (if the lamp has an extinguisher ask for the
extinguisher model) £20.00
Alex Marrack has
limited stocks of original Famos 120 cp spreaders, as well as Aladdin
spreaders from model 11 onwards, both used and unused. Contact
Alex for information.
Many of the lamps were made in excess of 120 years
ago and there were many variations of the lamps at that time. It
is best to contact Alex before ordering any flame spreader to make sure
you are ordering the correct one for your lamp. He is the expert:
Notes on ordering flame spreaders from Alex
P&P from £5 per package (to UK)-- other countries more. Insurance extra if required.
NO Returns. I will help you to ensure that you get the right spreader for a lamp.
You need to help me to help you !
If you are familiar with lamps, have worked with the specific type regularly and
KNOW what you have, go ahead and order. If your 'knowledge' is based on "what the dealer said",
or "what it says on the winder", then beware, you probably need assistance.
Key pitfalls.... lamps are often electrocuted. Just because the lamp didn't have a bulb socket
in it when you got it doesn't mean that it has not been electrocuted in the past... typically
the spreader-support is ripped out and the inner wick tube shortened. .... Sellers often bodge
burners onto the wrong fount, so a spreader to suit "what it says on the winder" wont fit the
support which is part of the fount..
If you want a spreader then I assume you wish to light the lamp.. if so CHECK that the lamp
doesn't leak by filling it with fuel and leaving overnight. Then check that the wick winder
works properly. Saves you buying a spreader for a lamp you cannot then use.
"Smoke_Consumers" from Alex Marrack
All the old catalogues
listed 'smoke consumers', usually made of mica on thin metal
or wire legs They were sold as a cure for smoke marks on the
ceiling, they stir up the 'exhaust' and so diffuse the column
of hot fumes, resulting in a more even , and less noticeable
fouling of the ceiling if the lamp smokes. The mica ones are
fragile and so rare.
Mine are Hand Wrought stainless steel with a piecrust
edge and pretty tough, with brazed legs, made in four sizes
adjustable to suit most chimneys.
In stirring up the exhaust column the red hot
centre 'core' is mingled with the cooler outer layers. Unstirred the
centre 'core' will set fire to a piece of white copy paper up to ten
inches above the lamp in under a minute. With the consumer in place
you can hold your hand safely 5 or 6 inches above the chimney top. A
lamp burning on a table for an hour or two can damage electric light
fittings and ceiling finishes above, and I've seen a hole charred in
the wooden ceiling of a canal boat by a small cosmos lamp which was
nearly 2 feet below !.
Using a chimney top smoke-consumer
can considerably reduce the risk from setting fire to furnishings and
other flammable material that may be above a lit lamp.
The consumer also significantly reduces the dust
falling into the lamp when not in use, and keeps your wick clean.
Not to be confused with the pierced brass "chimney toppers" sometimes
seen on eBay, these are in fact cosmos shells turned upside down with
a knob added, and are found on fake candle lamps. Put one of those on
an oil lamp chimney and you'll choke off half the draught. Mine give
full chimney flow, as did the originals.
NEW IMPROVED DESIGN, NOW IN FOUR
These are a completely new design for 2014, they now have a
stainless steel disc with a hand - wrought piecrust edge. This helps to
create additional turbulence in the column of 'exhaust' , allowing the
consumer to be made smaller. The piecrust edge also helps to prevent
warping (to which stainless steel is very prone ) as well as enhancing the
appearance of the consumer.
The 'three legged' design has been retained but the new
design includes springier legs with internal-fitting feet. These fit inside
the chimney and reach below the top rim, so they will grip nicely even if the
top rim is beaded, turned- in or uneven.
Please see below for approx dimensions of the four sizes .
The legs can be adjusted ( bent) with care (instructions sent with each sale)
to fit to a nicety.
Range Chimney sizes suited
diameter of chimney
67mm or 2&5/8ths inch
45 to 60mm
Aladdin / Matador
67mm or 2&5/8ths inch
35 to 50mm
51mm or 2 inches
25 to 40mm
37mm 1&1/2 inches
15 to 30mm
T wo larger sizes, disc stands
36mm above chimney rim, two smaller sizes, disc stands 28mm above chimney
Notes to Users
Please note, there is no advantage to using an over sized
consumer, it will not work any more efficiently. With the crimped edge the
sizes have been reduced to make them less likely to be knocked off and make
it easier to place shade over the lamp (and consumer) after it is lit and
All makers advise users NOT to carry lit lamps. Lamps fitted
with consumers should NOT be carried when lit, as there is the risk of the
consumer being shaken or jolted off. If the hot consumer burns your hand (
or you think it is gong to do so ) you will drop the lit lamp.
Smoke consumers, all
sizes, UK£ 20 each, P&P approx £5 per package, any number of consumers.
Combine with flame spreader purchases and save considerably on postage costs.
Please consult the size chart above and check your
chimneys before you buy
For orders, please email Alex Marrack directly
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Early American Metal Font & Specialty Lamps
Aladdin Lamp History
Aladdin Lamp Wicks & Chimneys,
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List by wick number and the heaters that fit them. (A
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Measurements needed if you have an unlisted heater.
Care and Maintenance of Kerosene Heater Wicks
Installing Kerosene Heater Wicks - generic for unpinned
Owner's_Manuals & information for many kerosene heaters
Heaters - General types, how they work, recommendations
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Economic Benefits of
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In New Kerosene Appliances
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Flame Spreader Heaters
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Butterfly #2412 Pressure
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Double Burner Stove;
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Oven for Kerosene Stoves
Butterfly #2641, 10 Wick Stove
the least expensive emergency stove.
Butterfly #2698 Cook Stove -
THE Best Heavy Duty Cook Stove.
#828R Pressure Lantern;
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