Antique Tips: Where To Find Hurricane Lamp Parts

Advice on locating new or replacement parts for hurricane lamps.

The beauty and ambiance of hurricane lighting takes us back to a simpler time. Decorative and functional, hurricane lamps were once a primary source of lighting in homes and businesses. Today, however, with the advent of electricity, they are often relegated to the "decorative" category. However, they can still perform their intended job quite admirably and there is nothing wrong with using them, as long as you do so safely. Even those really great old ones passed down in the family can be used. They are definitely handy in the event of a power outage, and cast a warm, soothing glow over a room, as opposed to electric lighting, which can sometimes be a little harsh.

It is fairly easy to locate replacement parts for most hurricane lamps, which is good news""considering how easy it is to crack the chimney, not to mention wicks need periodic replacement.

The most important part of any hurricane lamp is the base of the lamp, the part that holds the lamp oil. This is where most, if not all, of the design and decoration is located. Frankly, if this portion is ruined, it may be simpler just to go find a replacement for the entire lamp. If you are trying to make your own hurricane lamp, sometimes craft and hobby stores will carry the bases, in glass or ceramic, for you to decorate as you wish. With the prevalence of the Internet, parts can even be located online and ordered for delivery to your home or office.

A chimney (the glass part that sits on top of the lamp's base), either for a new lamp or as a replacement on a pre-existing lamp, is fairly easy to find for standard sized lamps. Local craft and hobby stores often sell them (and at very reasonable prices!) and sometimes have a pretty broad selection available. They can be found in flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, antique stores and antique malls and of course, there is always the Internet. Most of the chimneys you will find will be plain, unadorned glass. It is important to know what the diameter at the bottom of the replacement chimney should be to ensure a good, snug fit.

The mechanical parts of hurricane lamps are a bit harder to find. Flea markets are a good bet when looking for replacement parts, as are antique malls, yard or rummage sales and craft or hobby stores. Again, the Internet is your friend.

Wicks are probably the easiest parts to come by. In addition to craft and hobby stores, you can find a limited selection of wicks at most larger chain retail stores. You might even find them at your local drugstore. They come in two types: flat wicks and round wicks. You will need to know which type of wick your lamp takes before you purchase new ones.

Replacement parts for hurricane lamps can be found at reasonable prices and in varied locations, so there is no reason to put that hurricane lamp in a box and forget about it. Hurricane lamps were built to provide light in the event of a power outage because they are easier to carry around than a candle. The light from a hurricane lamp holds steadier than that from a candle because the chimney protects the flame.

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