off grid oil lamps

Oil Lamps and Lamp Oils
Off grid lighting using a traditional method

Oil lamps are the happiest off grid lighting solution.
When unexpected darkness strikes, preppers and survivalists can
strike up a match and some conversation with the ambient
lighting of an oil lamp (provided security is not an issue). With
the charm of yesteryear, oil lamps provide a long-term solution
for lighting up the night in an off-grid world.

The Amish use oil lamps because they are both practical and
inexpensive. While the average candle has the power to light just
7-8 hours, the typical burn time of a
hurricane oil lamp, is around
20 hours. You'll love oil lamps for the ambiance!

What are the best oil lanterns? Check out the happiest off grid
lighting solutions below...

The Happiest Off-grid Lighting
You'll want to stock several oil lamps along with ample lamp oil
and a supply of wicks in anticipation of an off-grid scenario. Oil
lamps can run on kerosene, paraffin oil, citronella oil or even a
vegetable oil, such as olive oil. In fact, if you have rancid oil, you
should consider it fuel!

Kersosene Oil Lamps
Kerosene is a light and traditional fuel for oil lamps and heaters.
Kerosene is an easy fuel to store and kerosene lamps provide
prepper ambiance and the happiest off grid lighting solution! Be
sure to store fuel in the proper blue container as mixing fuel is
dangerous. Kersosene is an effective cleaning solvent as well.

  • Hurricane lamps. A hurricane oil lamp has a glass chimney,
    that shelters the wick and flame even in high winds. The
    Feuerhand hurricane lanterns, made in Germany, are only 10-
    inches tall but pack 20-hours of light and are safe for indoors
    and outdoors. Use them indoors for an emergency or added
    ambiance or take them camping! Hurricane lanterns can take
    kerosene oil and they'll work in all weather conditions. Best
    of all, they  burn two times brighter compared to standard
    table lamp of equal wick size.

  • Traditional oil lamp. In the Amish style is Lamplight oil
    lamp, lower right. The Lamplight oil lamp creates everyday
    ambiance and provides reliable lighting during times of
    emergency making it a household necessity during power

The oil lamps on this page run on different kinds of fuels:

  • Kerosene: Kerosene Fuel, pictured right, is a one gallon
    bottle of pure, K-1 grade kerosene. This clean burning fuel
    for kerosene burning appliances such as heaters, stoves and
    wick-type hurricane lamps and lanterns.  

Paraffin oil lamps
Liquid paraffin comes from a waxy solid paraffin, which is a fuel
extracted from petrolium.

With Ultra-Pure Lamp Oil, you get 32-fluid ounces of clear
smokeless and odorless 99%  pure liquid wax paraffin candle and
lamp liquid.)

Citronella oil.
There are three kinds of citronella oil. Citronella essential oil has
many uses.

There are three different kinds of citronella oils!
IMPORTANT: Use citronella as fuel for an oil lamp, but be sure to
get the right kind, and don't think that citronella essential oil is
the same thing as citronella lamp oil, and even then, be aware
that there are different kinds of citronella lamp oils.

  • Citronella Clean Fuel lamp oil (clear), pictured immediate
    right, is longer Burning than Paraffin Lamp Oil. This is the
    formula that repels mosquitoes and it's  fuel that's clean
    burning and virtually odorless. Clean fuel citronella lamp oil
    is not for use on Tiki lamps, tabletop fireplaces, effusion
    lamps or catalytic lamps that require gel fuel or alcohol
    based fuel. It is also not for use on humans.

  • Island Lights Outdoor Citronella lamp oil (yellow) is a mix of
    5% citronella and 95% petroleum base, and it's not for
    internal use, which is why it features a large skull and cross
    bones on the packaging! It's also for outdoor use only.

  • Citronella essential oil and olive oil (home made recipe).
    You can mix your favorite citronella essential oil with olive
    oil. For a potent mix, try ten to twenty drops of citronella
    essential oil.

Vegetables oils.
You can use rancid oil as fuel for an oil lamp.

Oil Lamps
Also called a paraffin lamp, an oil lamp or a hurricane lamp,

Check out these charming lamps for your prepping pleasure:

  • Classic hurricane lamp. Available in red, blue or green, and
    black, the classic hurricane lamp, pictured above in red,
    offers a charming off-grid lighting solution for preppers.

  • Coleman Green kerosene lamp. Coleman's brightest
    kerosene lantern, pictured left, provides up to 5.5 hours of
    burn time on one two-pint canister. The fuel tank is coated
    on the interior to hold up to repeated use.

  • Coleman 2-mantle Lantern. The Coleman Dual-Fuel 2-
    Mantle Lantern provides incredible light in frigid weather
    thanks to its All-Season Strong fuel design. Duel Fuel power
    uses less fuel than most propane-powered lanterns and still
    provides an extra-bright 1107 lumens from Coleman Liquid or
    unleaded gasoline. An adjustable dimmer knob gives you the
    ideal amount of light whether you're tying the tent down in
    stormy weather or playing a card game inside.

  • Montana Oil Lamp. Pictured at the top left-hand of the
    page, the Montana Oil Lamp features silhouettes of a moose
    and trees.

  • Red Hurricane Oil Lamp. Pack some country charm with the
    Red Hurricane Oil Lamp, pictured at the top of the page.
    Reminiscent of an antique railroad lantern, you'll find a
    sturdy little lamp at an affordable price. Picture it with a red
    and white checked table cloth and imagine the ambiance it
    will provide you at your next barbecue.

  • Green Hurricane Oil Lamp. The V&O Supreme Brass Trim Oil
    lantern in green, pictured immediate right, Burns kerosene,
    lamp oil, citronella, and liquid paraffin, making it perfect for
    camping, emergency lighting or even repelling bugs.

  • Classic chamber Oil map.

Want a do it yourself oil lamp project?
Creating your own oil lamp is both inexpensive and fun. There are
canning jar attachments (see the bottom of the page), so you
can quickly convert ordinary Mason jars into unique oil lamp
conversation pieces! Or re purpose a wine bottle for the purpose
of making a romantic and functional oil lamp.

  • Canning Jar attachments. Completely assembled burners
    with a 2-3/4" inside diameter Mason Jar Lid affix to your
    mason jars to create an oil lamp. The lids fit regular width
    mason style canning jars. Includes a pack of 4 burners. The
    bright brass plated steel burners include wick adjusting knob
    and 6" cotton wicks.

  • Wine bottle attachments. Create a wine glass candle,
    pictured at the lower right hand of the page, with lamp oil
    inserts for bottles. The clear glass insert is crafted into a
    smoothly flowing, tapered spiral. Fill the insert with any
    good quality lamp oil, insert it into your favorite wine bottle,
    light the wick, and you have instant mood lighting.

Happy endings..
True emergency preparedness is having several sources of
lighting available, such as solar and hand crank lamp, so be sure
to check out our other off-grid lighting sources, too.

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