Lamp Oil. Modern-day oil lamps and lanterns are typically filled with what is referred to as "lamp oil." This is a flammable hydrocarbon oil, typically a refined and purified version of kerosene. It is also sometimes called "liquid paraffin."
How does an oil lamp work?
Floating wick lamps are mostly used as decorative lamps. Adjustable Flat or Round Wick Lamps -- the wick passes through a metal burner directly into the fuel container. Adjusting the height of the wick creates more or less light. This type of oil lamp usually has a glass chimney or globe to help protect the flame.
Lamp. Life, the LIGHT of divinity, wisdom, intellect, and good works are all manifestations of the symbolic nature of the lamp. Lamps can also be a gateway to another plane, as in the story of Aladdin and the genie. Brings protection against dark demons, and can be the illumination of the spirit.
They are often associated with stories in which rubbing an oil lamp would summon a genie dwelling in it. Oil lamps are a form of lighting, and were used as an alternative to candles before the use of electric lights.
In 1782 a Swiss scientist, Aimé Argand, invented an oil lamp whose steady smokeless flame revolutionized lighthouse illumination.
Coal oil is a shale oil obtained from the destructive distillation of cannel coal, mineral wax, or bituminous shale, once used widely for illumination.
1875 Henry Woodward patents an electric light bulb. 1876 Pavel Yablochkov invents the Yablochkov candle, the first practical carbon arc lamp, for public street lighting in Paris. 1879 Thomas Edison and Joseph Wilson Swan patent the carbon-thread incandescent lamp. It lasted 40 hours.
Paraffin oil CAN be used in tiki torches, but it won't give you the same flame performance (or insect repelling smoke) as tiki torch fuel. The paraffin oil sold in the U.S. is NOT kerosene. Liquid paraffin burns cleaner than kerosene, with less soot and odor.
The electric light, one of the everyday conveniences that most affects our lives, was not “invented” in the traditional sense in 1879 by Thomas Alva Edison, although he could be said to have created the first commercially practical incandescent light.
Kerosene lamp. Kerosene lamp, vessel containing kerosene with a wick for burning to provide light. Such lamps were widely used from the 1860s, when kerosene first became plentiful, until the development of electric lighting. Compared with other oil lamps, they were safe, efficient, and simple to operate.
Make homemade tiki torch fuel using isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.
- Measure one tsp. of distilled water. Pour the distilled water into the 16-oz. bottle of isopropyl alcohol.
- Replace the lid on the bottle.
- Add a fragrance to the fuel, if you choose.
- Pour the homemade fuel into the fuel chamber of the tiki torch.
Citronella candles/ Tiki torches: Citronella candles and smoke do repel mosquitoes, but only in the immediate vicinity. So unless you are standing directly above or in front of the flame they are very limited in their effectiveness. Using fans also helps because mosquitoes are not good fliers in windy conditions.
The yellow light just makes it more difficult for them to see your light source; with any luck, those insects stay away from your house and go bother someone further down the block! However, bug lights can keep bugs away for longer than they otherwise would if you used just a regular incandescent, CFL, or LED bulb.
Stay ahead of the disease-carriers with these tips for keeping the bugs at bay:
- Get rid of stagnant water.
- Hire a pro to check hidden spots.
- 3. Make natural repellents part of your landscape.
- Apply repellent, then do it again.
- Cover your feet.
- Dress for even more success.
- Eat indoors when possible.
Grab a large spray bottle and fill half of it with white or apple cider vinegar. Next add any or all of these herbs: mint, lavender, catnip, sage or thyme. Top it off with some water, shake well, and let it steep overnight. The next day you'll have a super-pungent bug repellent.
Part 1 Preventing Mosquitoes from Biting You
- Wear mosquito repellent.
- Consider an all-natural solution.
- Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
- Don't waste money on an electric hanging bug "zapper."
- Sleep with a mosquito net over your bed.
If you prefer to take a natural approach, there are numerous plant-based oils that can be effective at keeping mosquitos away — peppermint, cinnamon, citronella, cedar, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, thyme, lavender, catnip, patchouli, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and sage, to name a few.
What to Eat
- Garlic and Onions. How it works: Garlic is perhaps the most well-known food linked to deterring mosquitoes.
- Apple Cider Vinegar. How it works: Apple cider vinegar has been a commonly used natural mosquito repellent for many years.
- Chili Peppers.
- Beans and Lentils.