Charring a wick
How to char an Aladdin wick
First the wick must be installed in a burner so it can sit between
the inner and outer wick tubes. Model 7 and newer burners have
both the inner and outer wick tubes as part of the burner base. Model
6 and earlier lamps have the inner wick tube as part of the lamp
base and the outer tube as part of the burner base. Wicks
for model 7 and newer wicks can be charred with the burner off
the lamp. Model
6 and older wicks must be charred with the burner mounted on the
lamp base. When
the burner is mounted the the lamp base, the generator needs to
be removed and the lamp needs to be empty of kerosene.
- Dip the top of the wick into kerosene
for just an instant
- Adjust the wick so the lowest part of the wick's top edge is
even with the top of the inner and outer wick tubes.
- Light the wick and let it burn dry on its own. It will
char when the kerosene burns dry. If the top edge is still
uneven repeat the charring process.
- Use the wick cleaner gently on the wick
After charring the wick, it may take a few hours of burning before
the wick will light a mantle to full brightness. As it burns,
the charred wick will acquire the beveled edge necessary to create
the proper flame.