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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 Vulcan, Imperial, Veritas, 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 Youngs Court.
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 1884 B&H Imperial/Vulcan, 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.
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: ask him!
Notes on ordering flame spreaders from Alex Marrack.
P&P is £5.00 per package, airmail, worldwide.
Insurance extra if required
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.
NEW IMPROVED DESIGN, NOW IN FOUR SIZES
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.
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 adjusted.
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 > firstname.lastname@example.org