Lamps vary in their capacity to hold fuel depending
on the lantern design. The larger lanterns,
such as our Classic 17" kerosene lantern,
hold up to six ounces of fuel and the smaller
ones hold at least four ounces (Wall-Table).
Vermont Lanterns are designed to be very fuel
efficient, so if there is ever a question of
shortages of fuel, you will be glad you own
a Vermont Oil Lantern. One quart of standard
lantern fuel (be it kerosene or other fuel)
will last you up to two weeks under normal usage.
Oil kerosene lanterns are energy efficient and
safely burn kerosene or specially sold lamp
fuels." Kerosene is the most common fuel and
is very safe. It is readily available in many
gas stations, hardware stores and general stores
and is the least expensive. Lamp fuel (also
safe) is also widely available but somewhat
less available. There are several grades (and
colors). The odorless fuels cost quite a bit
more but are otherwise similar. They are available
in various chain stores depending on your locality.
All these fuels are safe because they are slow
burning and not volatile like gasoline or other
such fuels. Paraffin is odorless but gives less
light than the others. Citronella is also commonly
available, has a nice odor, and repels bugs.
suggestion is to purchase a quanitity of the
odorless fuel for shorter term useage and a
stock of kerosene for longer term preparedness.
Amounts depend on your desired degree of preparedness.