a useful manual

A new Aladdin lamp purchased around 2003 would have included this illustrated 8-page “Enjoyment Manual.”  View and save it here: AEM Model 23A.compressed

It includes some history (very little — there is more history at http://www.milesstair.com/Aladdin_Lamp_History.html), some tips on assembling and lighting, a glossary, a list of genuine Aladdin brand replacement lamp parts, and some tips.  I wonder whether they still use the little cartoon boy representing the character, Aladdin — (their own cartoon boy, not Disney’s).

I found it interesting that the manual recommends K-1 kerosene (fresh, however that is determined), or else Aladdin brand lamp oil.  I have burned K-1 kerosene in one of my lamps, and it certainly works well.  Where I live it is available only dyed deep red.  I still have five to six gallons from a couple of years ago, which I can dump into my furnace’s oil tank in the wintertime if I decide that it is no longer fresh.

I have left kerosene in a lamp for a very long time without burning it and I have learned that the wick either becomes so swollen that it can’t be raised or lowered, or perhaps the oil crystalizes and hardens the wick so that it won’t turn.  In either event, I have had a hard time to disassembled the burner and clean it to prepare for a new wick.

The page of tips includes information on filling the lamp in winter and in summer, advice on wicks and chimney cleaning, and tips on lighting and wick charring.

My own copy of this is printed on a single large sheet of paper that folds twice to make eight sides roughly 8 1/2 by 11 inches.  For anyone who has a lamp with a Model 23 burner or comparable component this manual may be helpful, or at least reassuring (if you are already doing things correctly without realizing it).

=David A. Woodbury=

two web sites worth visiting

A dealer out of New Braunfels, Texas, has an impressive web presence.  It’s called Good Pickin’s Aladdin Lamps, and the address is https://www.aladdinlamps.co/shop/.  The site is up to date.  Announcements of coming 2018 shows attest to that.  One event is:

46th Gathering of Aladdin Knights – International Lamp Show and Sale, July 11 – 15, 2018, Embassy Suites River Front Conference Center, Peoria, Illinois, [contact] Tom & Maria Hopp General Knights, 309-341-5940, hanco911@live.com.

Another event follows two months later:

Mideast Lamp Show & Sale Richmond, Indiana, October, 2018, [contact] Bob & Laura Daniels, 309-385-2337, aladdin4742@gmail.com.

Something I found useful at Good Pickin’s was on the page for Aladdin Lamp Models.  The page looks like this and the address is https://www.aladdinlamps.co/shop/1613-2/.


Click on a model name in the middle and it will bring you to a page with a schematic of that model.

The other site I would refer you to is http://aladdinlamps.com/.  They have a physical presence as well in Dalton, Ohio.  This dealer is under a larger company, Crown Place Brands, which has its own site at http://crownplacebrands.com.

One page I recommend you study in depth here is http://aladdinlamps.com/maxbrite-500-burner-product-details/.  I was not aware of the differences between the Maxbrite burner and previous burners, and this page has the details.

This seller also offers an impressive catalog in PDF.  Here’s a shortcut to the catalog: http://aladdinlamps.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Aladdin-Catalog-May-2018.pdf.

=David A. Woodbury=
Lincoln, Maine