I am doing what I can to keep Victorian era lamps in use, for they are not only works of art but functional lighting devices. Wicks have not been available since the 1930's for many of these lamps. The demand for wicks for century-old lamps is not great, but I have had small lots of the wicks made to my specifications, which included sending original, unused vintage wicks to England so Hattersley had the original wicks to use as a comparison. These wicks have been thoroughly tested in my lamps as well as by some well recognized lamp experts. The small production lots are expensive to make, but the wicks are of top quality and will last for a long time. Below you will find wicks to fit virtually every center draft lamp ever made. Wicks for Victorian era flat wick lamps, such as B&H Student Lamp Duplex burners and British Duplex lamp burners, are here.
Beginning in March, 2009, I had rare chimneys
duplicated in sturdy, heat-resistant borosilicate glass so that proper burning characteristics can be achieved.
These absolutely perfect chimneys fit
Radiant #5's and
Miller's Liberty and Dresden lamps,
lamps and the unusual
chimney for the B&H #89, Globe
Incandescent #2 and the Pittsburgh Mammoth requiring a wasp-waist
4 1/2" chimney as well as
4" store lamp chimneys. I
also often have common sizes of center draft chimneys available in
fitter sizes. In early 2012 I had the fabulous
"Sans Rival" 14''' Kosmos
chimneys and Student Lamp
chimneys made from borosilicate glass. 2014 saw
Globe Vulcan chimneys in 24''' and 30''' and the tiny 1.445''
center draft lamps. In 2018 I introduced a fabulous new
chimney of my design for 20''' Matador lamps - a
NeoVulcan 20''' Matador.
The measurements below are some quick reference measurements for lamps made by B&H, P&A, Manhattan, etc. Below this first chart is another with more lamps listed. For measurements for Miller lamps, click here.
CENTER DRAFT LAMP CHIMNEYS (Click here)
MEASUREMENTS AND COMMENTARY Begun by ALEX MUZYKA, continued by Miles Stair - Click here. Please note that these measurements sometimes reflect a single sample, when a production run of a single series could have run for a decade or more. I have tried to list them from smallest to largest. The list is incomplete and more lamps will be listed as I find the time. If a P&A Royal is listed as using a 2 5/8" chimney, for example, it does not mean that all P&A Royal lamps used a 2 5/8" chimney. Those underlined in blue are links to the chimneys and wicks I have. More photos are available in the Photo Album.
Note from the Miller advertisement below that Miller had a distinct category for both Dresden and Vestal wicks. Dresden wicks were thicker than standard #2 size wicks whereas wicks for Vestal burners were thinner. Wicks for Dresden lamps are #2B, above.
Wicks for Miller Vestal lamps were thinner than wicks for earlier (pre-1903) Miller lamps as the wick adjusters were in the burner rather than in the font and they used a thicker, more standard type of wick sleeve. With the draft tube and outer wick tubes being the same dimensions, fitting in the larger, thicker wick sleeve left less room for the wick itself, hence the wicks had to be thinner. The standard thickness wicks work in #0 and #1 Vestal burners but the #2 does require a wick no thicker than 0.075'' thickness.
A thinner wick means less capillary action which translates to less fuel being delivered to the top of the wick for burning - fuel starvation. Trying to force a full curl flame from a #2 Vestal with a thin wick will result in burning down the wick at an accelerated pace: a lower flame, no higher than the top of the flame spreader, can be maintained without excessive wick consumption. Wicks for #2 Vestal lamps have to be custom made from thinner wick material as the wicks are no longer commercially manufactured. For availability of custom-made #2 Vestal wicks, email Miles@MilesStair.com, also available on the Custom Wick page (click here).
draft lamp wicks