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Additional Care and Safety Instructions


Hurricane Lanterns

[Do Not Overfill]  

The Hurricane Lantern is a very sturdy piece of equipment that you can depend on when you need it the most. Operated properly, this lantern is reliable in almost any weather condition. It is however a little different to operate than our other Vermont Lantern varieties. Please take time to familiarize yourself with these simple instructions and safety hints before you begin to operate your Hurricane Lantern. It is advisable that you acquaint yourself with all the lanterns that you have purchased in advance of any emergency situation. Being prepared means knowing how to use your equipment. Don't waid until you are in the dark.

Please, also Read the Safety and Instruction Sheet Provided in the Box
Which Details Care and Safety For Other Vermont Lanterns.

  1. Getting Started: To fill your Hurricane Lantern unscrew the cap on the side of the fuel tank and pour in the fuel with a funnel to avoid unnecessary spilling. Fill your Vermont Hurricane Lantern within 3/4 inch of the filling spout. Do not fill above this level as this may cause leakage. If fuel spills, wipe it up immediately with a cloth or paper towel. Then dispose of the cloth or towel safely. (An oily cloth or paper towel may create a fire hazard.) Use Only approved lantern fuels in your Hurricane Lantern such as; lantern oil, paraffin or citronella oil. Kerosene can also be used in your lantern but does have an odor. Keep room ventilated. Do Not use gasoline, alcohol, or diesel in your lantern!

  2. How to Light Your Vermont Hurricane Lantern. Place the lantern on a flat surface and hold firmly with two hands. Push down on the small lever at the side of the glass chimney. When the chimney raises up, slip the lever to the side until it catches in the small slot. Now turn the circular knob on the wick lever which is extended from the wick mechanism until the wick comes up to the level of the brass hood. Allow a few minutes for the wick to absorb the fuel from the fuel tank. Light the wick and immediately turn the flame down. Now release the side lever from the slot and slowly allow the glass chimney to return to its original position. Do Not allow the chimney to slam down abruptly. This will damage the lantern and possibly crack the glass.

  3. Cleaning the lantern and the Chimney. Place the lantern on a flat surface. Holding the lantern firmly in two hands catch hold of the ring at the top of the brass mount of the chimney and pull upwards. Holding the ring in the upward position tilt the chimney with the other hand until it is leaning slightly to the side. Now slowly allow the ring to return to its original position. This ring is spring loaded and this is what always holds your chimney firmly in place. If the spring loaded mechanism is allowed to hit against the glass chimney it may crack the glass. Handle With Care. When the glass chimney is tilted slightly to the side it may be removed for cleaning with soap and water. Do Not touch a HOT chimney or it will burn! Do Not place a HOT chimney in water— it will crack! After washing the chimney dry thoroughly with a cloth or paper towel. To return the chimney to its original position simply reverse the process described above. Your Vermont Lantern is real brass and therefore it will tarnish in contact with air over time. The original shine can be quickly restored by cleaning with brass polish and a soft cloth. Always burn the wick on a low or medium flame. A high flame will cause the glass chimney to become black and thus obstruct the light. If this happens then follow the above instructions for removing and cleaning the chimney. We recommend extending the wick more than necessary and then turning it back.

  4. Maintaining and Replacing the Wick. Occasionally trim away the burnt portion of the lantern’s wick by using a pair of scissors. This helps to assure the uniformity of the flame. Replace wicks when necessary by removing the wick mechanism from the lantern and feeding the new wick in from the bottom while turning the small brass knob on the wick housing. It will help maintain a more even flame if you trim the corners slightly on the wick.

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