You can use paraffin or refined lamp oil – if using in a confined space, we recommend lamp oil.
To fill the lantern, unscrew the cap and fill with oil until just below the level of the cap opening.
When first filling the lantern (or if the oil has run out or using a new wick), let the wick soak up the oil for 15 minutes or so.
To light the lantern, lift the glass with the lever, adjust the wick so that a short piece (1/2cm) is visible and light with a match or lighter.
Lower the glass by releasing the lever and adjust the wick so that the flame is steady and not too high. (If it’s too high, you’ll get black smoke from the chimney at the top and the glass will soot up.)
To extinguish, turn the wick down so that flame is reduced, lift the glass, and blow it out.
To replace the wick:
Make sure the lantern has cooled down. Lift the chimney (there is a spring forcing it down onto the glass) and tilt the glass away. You can now remove the small dome with the wick and wick adjustment handle by turning it a little. Remove the old wick and feed a new wick in, turning the wick adjustment handle until the wick is visible above the small dome. To assemble, re-attach the small dome to the body, ensuring it is seated squarely. Return the glass to an upright position and make sure the chimney is sat snugly back on top.
To replace the glass:
Make sure the lantern has cooled down. Lift the chimney (there is a spring forcing it down onto the glass) and tilt the glass away. The wires around the glass can be eased away and the old glass removed. Refitting is just a reversal of the steps.