Wicks for lanterns?

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I have been in search of wicks today and have had no success.

I was wondering if anyone knows of anything else that could be substituted, i.e., any webbing type material that fabric stores sell.

-- Carol (usa-uk@email.msn.com), February 07, 1999


Carol; I guess the reason I went to Wal-Mart today is for you... Check out the isle of their lamps right next to the lamps are wicks. The company's name is LAMPLIGHT FARMS from Menomonee Falls,WI 53051 The wicks at W>M are priced at $0.97 for three wicks. A case has fourty packs each having three wicks each. It took me a while to locate these. I thought perhaps the fabric dept would have it but they didn't. It is named "webbing" in case you go to a store of fabrics. But get webbing that is 100% cotton. Wal-marts upc code number is 7635409996 Hope this will help. Furie...

-- Furie (furieart@dnet.net), February 07, 1999.

Thanks Furie you've been a big help.

-- Carol (usa-uk@email.msn.com), February 07, 1999.

Our WalMart has been sold of the wicks now for several weeks. I bought the last 3 packages at Ace Hardware 2 weeks ago, and they have not received any more in. Thet do have about 200 bulk, precut wicks at .25 cents each. For lamp oil, do not purchase the "Lamplight Farms," lamp oil because it smokes terrible! Purchase the "Ultra Pure," brand which is smokless. It's $1.97 for a pint at WalMart and 1 pint fills my lamp 3/4 full. Good Luck.

-- bardou (bardou@baloney.com), February 07, 1999.

bardou, I have to disagree with you . I have used lamplight farms oil and it does not smoke at all. I have used it extensivly, and have had no problems.

-- ed (edrider007@aol.com), February 07, 1999.

Oops!! Guess what! My husband got 2 bottles of that "Lamplight Farms" oil at WalMart today. He said they were the only two left and thought better them than nothing.

Could anyone give me an idea of how much oil to get for say 3mths, 6mths, and 1yr.

Also, how much propane would a family of four need to use with a two- burner coleman stove for say 3mths, 6mths, and 1yr.

Thank you bardou.

-- Carol (usa-uk@email.msn.com), February 07, 1999.

Carol; We have to stop meeting like this ! But if I can help I guess it's ok? About the Lamp oil stuff ,make sure the wick is slightly below the brass opening, if not it will smoke like crazy. Now concerning the propane question;

The Cloeman stove is just for cooking? Ok, depending upon how many times you cook on it ,those tanks at 80% filled should last about 1-2 months. Rationing is the key understanding here,also look at the solar cooking sites available. They show how to build a solar cooker for almost nothing. Many people here have used them with great success.

You haven't explained where you live( city or country ) perhapes you live in the city,because you would have known about the larger tanks available for propane,(250 gal- 500 gal - 1000 gal )by living in the country. I would suggest going to U-Haul store and purchase their 30 lb LP gas Tanks, it holds approx.12 gals better than the little ones for BBQ grills. Cost should be about $30.00 .

Hope it helps again, Furie...

-- Furie (furieart@dnet.net), February 07, 1999.

How about "lanterns for wicks" :)

I have wicks o' plenty (for our oil lamps), but I haven't been able to find any old-fashioned type of lanterns! All I've seen is the Coleman camping type that require those @#$%&*! mantles. I'd rather not sift thru flea markets and over-priced antique shops just to get a few simple lanterns. I've been to all kinds of stores, including Country General (farm & ranch store chain). Geesh.

-- Delete (del@dos.com), February 07, 1999.

The Wal-Mart in my town has plenty of the old-style kerosene lanterns. They smell terribly though, much worse than the oil lamps using the same fuel. You wouldn't want to use them inside.

-- Ned (entaylor@cloudnet.com), February 08, 1999.

Try indestructible fiberglass wicks. They are priced at a few dollars each and never burn up.


-- Bingo (bingoti@yahoo.com), February 08, 1999.

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