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How to choose a replacement kerosene burner or electric


adapter for your lamp

One point that cannot be stressed enough when choosing an oil or kerosene burner for your lamp is that the fit between burner and lamp collar must be very good. That is, the threading in the collar of your lamp must fit the threading on the base of the burner you intend to use so that there is no wiggle or wobble whatsoever when the burner is screwed down.

Remember, a lot is "riding" on your oil burner and a loose or otherwise ill-fitting kerosene burner can create a fire hazard. Also, it is possible that an incorrect fit between the lamp collar and the burner can result in a failure of the burner to support the weight of your glass lampshade and chimney. Even if you never intend to burn kerosene in the lamp, or you plan to use an "electrified" burner or adapter, a poor burner-to-lamp-collar fitting can result in your lamp falling apart and breaking.

The best way to avoid an incorrect burner-to-lamp fit is to carefully test the burner for a proper fit before you add fuel or glassware to the lamp. Test the fit by screwing the burner down in a normal fashion until it is tight to the lamp. The burner should thread smoothly and snuggly into the lamp collar.

With the burner attached, place one hand firmly on the lamp base or column, to hold it in position, while with the other hand apply a semi-vigorous rocking motion to the oil burner. Rock the burner back and forth with a lightly upward pulling pressure. If the threading is a poor match, the burner will either "loosen up" from your rocking motion, which you will detect, or will pull free of the lamp collar altogether.

If you are unsure of the burner size you need, measure the inside diameter of the lamp collar (see fig. 1). Then, you may check our catalog descriptions for kerosene burners that require a lamp collar that is the same as your measurement. The No. 2 size collar/lamp is most common in North America but smaller and larger sizes are not uncommon.

In addition, you may check the Oil Lamp Hardware Guidelines on this page to find a collar opening size that matches your lamp. B & P Lamp Supply stocks many, but not all of the different burners listed in the left column of the Oil Lamp Hardware Guidelines. If you have a lamp in need of a special size burner you may check our Dealer Locator page for help in finding the correct kerosene burner for your lamp

Also see our Oil Lamp Hardware Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

- How do I electrify an oil lamp?

We offer electrified burners and adaptors in the following sizes;
#1 size – for 7/8” inside diameter lamp collar opening
#2 size– for 1 3/16” inside diameter lamp collar opening
English Duplex size– for 1 ½” inside diameter lamp collar opening
Burners designed to fit Aladdin® Brand Lamps* – for lamps with 2 1/8”
inside diameter collar openings.
Central Draft size burners – for 2 3/8” inside diameter collar openings.

You may electrify your oil lamp if it has a threaded lamp collar with one of the above noted inside diameters. You will need to accurately measure the inside diameter of your lamp collar and then select a burner/adaptor from the above noted group. (Our descriptions for burners and adaptors will state the size of the burner/adaptor.) If your lamp has an oil burner on it, simply unscrew the oil burner counterclockwise until it comes off the lamp collar. (Important – TO PREVENT A SHOCK HAZARD - check to see if your lamp’s kerosene reservoir has any fuel remaining. If it does, pour the remaining fuel into a glass jar and properly dispose of the fuel. Then rinse and completely dry your lamp fount before mounting an electrified burner). Once you receive the burner/adaptor, simply screw it into your lamp’s collar in a clockwise direction.

If your lamp’s collar has an inside diameter different from the one’s noted above, you should consult with our dealer locator for a dealer in your area before trying to electrify. If your lamp collar has an inside diameter of 2 3/8” and has a tube running thru the center of the collar, you will need to consult with our dealer locator for a dealer in your area.

*The products identified in this advertisement are manufactured by B&P Lamp Supply, Inc. and are not licensed, inspected, or warranted by Aladdin Industries LLC. They should not be confused with ALADDIN® brand products or parts manufactured by Aladdin Mantle Lamp Co. of Clarksville, Tn. ALADDIN® is a registered trademark of Aladdin Industries, LLC.

- What size burner do I need?

The following information should help you choose the correct kerosene and/ or electrified burner for your lamp. It is important to accurately measure the inside diameter of your lamp’s collar. The chart below should cover most American, Canadian and European collar sizes for Kerosene type lamps.
Once you have determined your collar opening, refer to the burner recommended. We offer replacement burners on all listed except for the
No. 0 Hornet and Rayo Burner and Aladdin® brand Kerosene burners.

Burner recommended Required Collars Lamp type
No. 00 Nutmeg or Acorn fits 5/8” collar openings True Miniature
No. 0 Hornet fits 7/8” collar openings True Miniature
No. 0 Eagle fits 7/8” collar openings Small Finger Lamp
No. 1 Gem arctic fits 7/8” collar openings True Miniature
No. 1 burner fits 7/8” collar openings Small Lamp
No. 2 burner fits 1 3/16” collar openings
English Duplex Burner fits 1 ½” collar openings
#14 Kosmos fits 1 ½” collar openings
No. 3 Burner fits 1 ¾” collar openings
Burners designed to fit fits 2 1/8” collar openings
Aladdin® brand lamps*
Rayo Burner fits 2 ¼” collar openings
Central Draft Burner fits 2 3/8” collar openings

Note: Most True Miniature Lamps have a maximum height of about 9” to the top of chimney. If your lamp is a little taller, it may be considered either a small Finger Lamp or a Small Lamp and will require a No. 0 Eagle or No. 1 burner.

*The products identified in this advertisement are manufactured by B&P Lamp Supply, Inc. and are not licensed, inspected, or warranted by Aladdin Industries, LLC. They should not be confused with ALADDINâ brand products or parts manufactured by Aladdin Mantle Lamp Co. of Clarksville, TN. ALADDINâ is a registered trademark of Aladdin Industries. LLC.

- How do you get a burner to fit into lamp bases?

First, check what size burner you will need for your lamp (please see “What size burner do I need.” in frequently asked questions). Once you have the correct size burner, the burner should simply screw clockwise into your lamp's threaded collar. You should not have to force the burner to screw into the collar. Important: The burner should be screwed all the way down until all of the male burner threads have been screwed into the collar . If the burner does not fairly easily screw into your lamp's collar, you may either have the wrong size burner or your collar's female threads have been damaged. Re-measure the inside diameter opening of your collar to assure what size opening and what size burner you will need. If you still think the burner size is correct, then take a look at your collar's threads. Do the threads appear dirty or gritty, if so clean them with a toothbrush and warm soapy water and again try threading the burner. If the burner still will not thread into the collar easily, then examine the collar threads again. They should be in good condition with no worn or torn threads. If you see thread damage, you may need to have your collar replaced. That would be a job for a qualified dealer. Please see dealer locator for a dealer in your area.

- How tall does my chimney need to be?

To look well balanced and proportionate, we think a chimney should extend from about 3” to 4 ½” above the top the shade on a full sized lamp.

If your lamp sets on a table and has a burner or adaptor then it probably requires a lamp chimney. For choosing the correct chimney height for your lamp’s glass shade, the following chart should be helpful.

First measure your glass shade if you already have a shade. (If you are buying a shade, refer to the fitter or the diameter information given in the product’s description.)

  • For half shades (shades that are not ball shaped) measure the outside diameter of the shade’s bottom fitter. (measurements noted are close approximates)
    3 ½” to 4” diameter shades are for miniature lamps – choose a chimney that fits your miniature burner
    5 ¾” to 6” diameter shades, choose a 6 ½” or 7” height chimney
    6 ¾” to 7” diameter shades, choose a 10” height chimney
    9 ¾” to 10” diameter shades, choose a 12” height chimney
    9 ¾” to 10” diameter shades designed to fit Aladdin brand lamps
    choose a 12 ¾” to 13” height chimney
  • For Ball shades (shades that are ball shaped) measure the overall
    height of the shade (measurements noted are close approximates)

    Ball shade height Ball shade standard Choose chimney height
    7 ½” height = 8” dia. ball shade 12” height chimney
    8 ½” height = 9” dia. ball shade 12” height chimney
    9 ½” height = 10” dia. ball shade 12” or 13” height chimney
    10 ¼” height = 10 ½” dia. ball shade 13” or 14” height chimney
    11” height = 11” dia. ball shade 14” height chimney
    12” height = 12” dia. ball shade 14” height chimney





 
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