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Nerys53

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Roman Oil Lamp ?
« on: August 14, 2014, 12:33:40 pm »
For a very long time I have been looking at roman oil lamps. Does anyone use a reproduction roman oil lamp in their home? Does it give a lot of soot and / or smoke ? How fast does the olive oil burn up in such a lamp ? Any advice on using a roman oil lamp ? :confused:
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Re: Roman Oil Lamp ?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 09:45:24 pm »
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For a very long time I have been looking at roman oil lamps. Does anyone use a reproduction roman oil lamp in their home? Does it give a lot of soot and / or smoke ? How fast does the olive oil burn up in such a lamp ? Any advice on using a roman oil lamp ? :confused:

I don't use a Roman style lamp, but I do use an olive oil lamp every night (like this one: https://www.lehmans.com/p-4708-merry-corliss-chamber-olive-oil-lamp.aspx). I wouldn't think this style would produce smoke much differently from a Roman reproduction, so my experience might be helpful.

I light mine every night around sundown and blow it out when I go to bed, which varies widely.  It produces pretty much no visible smoke, although some soot does build up in the jar and on the wall behind it over time (months or years).  

The oil lasts a decent length of time.  I usually fill it to the top of the wick holder each night, which amounts to maybe a quarter of a cup of oil or so.  On a normal night, maybe half or less of that will be burned off before I go to sleep.  If I happen to forget to blow it out, that much oil will burn for 8 - 10 hours before guttering.

I don't know if the difference in the shape of the lamp or the kind of wick would make much difference.
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Re: Roman Oil Lamp ?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 02:12:42 am »
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I don't use a Roman style lamp, but I do use an olive oil lamp every night (like this one: https://www.lehmans.com/p-4708-merry-corliss-chamber-olive-oil-lamp.aspx). I wouldn't think this style would produce smoke much differently from a Roman reproduction, so my experience might be helpful.

I light mine every night around sundown and blow it out when I go to bed, which varies widely.  It produces pretty much no visible smoke, although some soot does build up in the jar and on the wall behind it over time (months or years).  

The oil lasts a decent length of time.  I usually fill it to the top of the wick holder each night, which amounts to maybe a quarter of a cup of oil or so.  On a normal night, maybe half or less of that will be burned off before I go to sleep.  If I happen to forget to blow it out, that much oil will burn for 8 - 10 hours before guttering.

I don't know if the difference in the shape of the lamp or the kind of wick would make much difference.

 
Thanks for the answer. This is it http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/cmcr91100/?ref=searchzone

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Re: Roman Oil Lamp ?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2014, 03:24:11 am »
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Thanks for the answer. This is it http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/cmcr91100/?ref=searchzone

Yes, I've seen similar reproductions.

You might get more soot on you wall than with my lamp, since there's no jar around the wick to act like a chimney and catch any of the soot.

Otherwise, I'd think it would behave pretty much like my lamp.
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