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(Do You Remember)   You know how in those old Scooby Doo cartoons when the power went out, people would light things up using oil lamps? Apparently those are real and people really did once use them   (doyouremember.com) divider line
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2020-06-30 1:26:18 AM  
Vinyl records came back. Oil lamps will too, eventually.

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2020-06-30 1:32:49 AM  
Growing up we had a hurricane lamp on the mantel but I can't recall it ever being used. Candles were our go to light source when the power went out.

/Advent candles, growing up Catholic had its small advantages
 
2020-06-30 1:33:39 AM  
Yes, Subby, people back in the far reaches of time, like the 1990s used them.  We always kept those lamps filled because they were damned useful if the power went out when a hurricane decided to barrel through and blow everything to shiat and back.
 
2020-06-30 1:37:17 AM  

whither_apophis: Growing up we had a hurricane lamp on the mantel but I can't recall it ever being used. Candles were our go to light source when the power went out.

/Advent candles, growing up Catholic had its small advantages


We were visiting my inlaws when the power went out.  MiL grabbed a metric farkton of candles and managed to get the kitchen table just barely lit enough we could make each other out as vague shapes in the dark.  I went and got a lightsaber (don't judge me) and favorited!ed it on the table.  Lit the entire room up like a nuke had dropped onto the table.  She glared at me for several minutes before blowing out her candles.

We always used the lanterns because it only took one to light the room.
 
2020-06-30 1:37:54 AM  

phalamir: and favorited!ed it on the table.


The hell even?
 
2020-06-30 1:39:15 AM  
In the mid-seventies, there was a brief resurgence in oil lamps, at least where I happened to be in the country at the time.

The oils had fragrances, and I remember one of our lamps leaked like crazy and that smelly oil got all over everything.

Fad died out soon after.

Flashlights and other kinds of lights are much safer than oil lamps for power outages, of course. Especially if you have cats that like to knock stuff over.
 
2020-06-30 1:41:19 AM  

phalamir: phalamir: and favorited!ed it on the table.

The hell even?


I think whatever verb you used became Fark slang for 'added to the Ignore list', so it was autofiltered to 'favorited!'
 
2020-06-30 1:41:26 AM  
A hurricane lamp on a mirror-backed wall sconce is an absolute necessity in areas prone to sporadically crazy weather. Ours tends to get plenty of use depending on the time of year.
 
2020-06-30 2:01:41 AM  

Chariset: phalamir: phalamir: and favorited!ed it on the table.

The hell even?

I think whatever verb you used became Fark slang for 'added to the Ignore list', so it was autofiltered to 'favorited!'


It was USENET slang before Fark existed.
 
2020-06-30 2:15:30 AM  
I have a dozen of them, grabbed them from Goodwill or yard sales over the year. They do come in handy when the power goes out, several times a year.
 
2020-06-30 2:44:30 AM  
Did subby?  I have two filled with citronella oil that I burn on my back porch to keep the mosquitoes away. I lit them up this past weekend.
 
2020-06-30 2:47:05 AM  
I also am not a dumbass and know what they are. I have 4 of them. Apparently I live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.
 
2020-06-30 2:54:07 AM  
Wait till subby hears that lighters are older than matches.
 
2020-06-30 3:16:48 AM  
We all sound old as fark.

/Also grew up with them and still own some for hurricanes.
 
2020-06-30 3:29:54 AM  
I prefered candle lanterns and other camping gear. But after a train derailment they buried our power lines and that was basically the end of blackouts longer than a few hours.
 
2020-06-30 3:34:10 AM  

phalamir: Yes, Subby, people back in the far reaches of time, like the 1990s used them.  We always kept those lamps filled because they were damned useful if the power went out when a hurricane decided to barrel through and blow everything to shiat and back.


Yep. Back before LEDs, they were the kings of long lasting light. We were at the tale end of a vulnerable power line, so watching the glass get installed over the flame and brightening the room was a foul-weather ritual. It was kind of exciting as a kid.

Hadn't thought about it in a while. Certainly better options now than open flames from glass gas cans.
 
2020-06-30 4:24:56 AM  
We had an electricity free Alexa.

It was called Grandad and he knew stuff you could ask him.
 
2020-06-30 5:22:51 AM  
LOL... city people...

I have several of these lamps. You can buy them brand new at Wal-Mart.
 
2020-06-30 5:23:12 AM  

arrogantbastich: I also am not a dumbass and know what they are. I have 4 of them. Apparently I live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.


You and me both.
Grew up with hurricane lamps used when the power went out. Got some when I got my own house. I've used them several times in the past decade.
 
2020-06-30 5:27:11 AM  
I used to have a small, working oil lamp.  I think I won it as a prize at a carnival.  I have no idea what eventually happened to it.
 
2020-06-30 5:58:37 AM  

NotARocketScientist: arrogantbastich: I also am not a dumbass and know what they are. I have 4 of them. Apparently I live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.

You and me both.
Grew up with hurricane lamps used when the power went out. Got some when I got my own house. I've used them several times in the past decade.



I grew up in the old days in hurricane territory. We had several kerosene lamps. I still have three of them and one metal monster from my grandfather's days with the railroad. They still get irregular use when the power goes out.

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Not exactly like this but you get the idea.
 
2020-06-30 6:58:55 AM  
Oil lamps have been used as lighting for camping for as long as I can remember.
 
2020-06-30 7:01:23 AM  
I have multiple Aladdin mantle lamps I can use, so if I needed to I have light

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2020-06-30 7:40:28 AM  
I have two on my mantle. Like everyone said, they're great for power outages. Plus, they make a nice, romantic ambiance when that special someone is over for dinner.
 
2020-06-30 8:52:53 AM  
I have two I use on my patio for night-time gatherings, they are awesome, functional, and efficient.
 
2020-06-30 8:53:24 AM  
If you've got a kitchen, you need never be without light.

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That one is just aluminum foil, vegetable oil, and tightly twisted paper towel for a wick.  Put it on a plate because they can drip oil.

I've also made them out of mason jars.
 
2020-06-30 9:06:29 AM  
You can use basically any kind of edible fat or oil in lamp like that.  Olive oil, canola oil, etc., rendered lard or beef fat, you name it.

And if you don't want to make one yourself, you can always buy them.

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2020-06-30 9:09:37 AM  
We've got 2. Dead useful when the power goes or out at night on the back deck.
 
2020-06-30 9:13:28 AM  
My parents still have a few, nice kerosene lamps. I remember more than a few times using them as a kid when power went out.

More likely to pull out the battery powered camping lamp now days though.
 
2020-06-30 9:38:17 AM  

phalamir: Yes, Subby, people back in the far reaches of time, like the 1990s used them.  We always kept those lamps filled because they were damned useful if the power went out when a hurricane decided to barrel through and blow everything to shiat and back.


It's weird anything could be considered that old that we commonly have color video of the period.

Although NFL footage from the 80s looks like it's from the 60s
 
2020-06-30 10:13:51 AM  
I used my mini mag or my 6D mag
 
2020-06-30 10:13:53 AM  
Or for $5 apiece you can get led lanterns that run for hours on end on a few AAs.

Oil lamps are cool, but wasteful and silly now. If you really want to though you can make fun ones out of a cotton ball, a piece a of wire, and a ball jar. Will run on canola or olive oil.

I have a buddy with a 4th generation hunting cabin deep in the ADKs. Rooms are hard plumbed with propane lines that run Coleman style lantern mantles from overhears chandeliers and wall sconces. They've got one 50-lb tank that they haven't refilled in a decade apparently.
 
2020-06-30 10:38:56 AM  

Ecliptic: Or for $5 apiece you can get led lanterns that run for hours on end on a few AAs.

Oil lamps are cool, but wasteful and silly now. If you really want to though you can make fun ones out of a cotton ball, a piece a of wire, and a ball jar. Will run on canola or olive oil.

I have a buddy with a 4th generation hunting cabin deep in the ADKs. Rooms are hard plumbed with propane lines that run Coleman style lantern mantles from overhears chandeliers and wall sconces. They've got one 50-lb tank that they haven't refilled in a decade apparently.


Yeah, I'm thinking Why are people still messing around with hurricane lamps, lamp oil, and the associated possible fire hazards when you can get a cheap-o LED lamp for a few bucks? And if you don't want to mess with batteries, get a crank-powered lamp, with BONUS! an emergency radio attached to it.
 
2020-06-30 10:50:40 AM  

Ecliptic: Or for $5 apiece you can get led lanterns that run for hours on end on a few AAs.


I've got one.  And I use it.

But I'm not giving up on the idea of oil lamps because there are times and situations where you might not be able to get batteries.  Cooking oil, though, lasts forever*, and it's something we always have a significant supply of.

In fact, vegetable oil is probably the biggest secret to "prepping" there is.  It's almost *NEVER* talked about, but it's got so many uses.   Aside from the lighting aspect, you've got the following:

1.  Cooking as a medium for frying.
2.  Cooking as a stove fuel.  It's a safe fuel too, less likely to start a fire.
3.  Heating of a small shelter, especially a snow cave kind of shelter.
4.  A source of calories, as a "dressing" for collected greens and collected or grown vegetables.
5.  Lubrication for machines, both simple and complex.  You can even use it in your car as engine oil in an emergency.
6.  Cleaning.  You can use it as a substitute for soap, and you can also make actual soap with it.

*At least for lighting/heating/cooking/machine lubrication purposes.
 
2020-06-30 11:01:52 AM  

Smackledorfer: Wait till subby hears that lighters are older than matches.


Well, sort of.

They were just converted flintlocks, like this reproduction from Dixie Gun Works:

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If you had something like that, though, you were a fancy lad.   Most people would just use a striker steel and a piece of flint, along with some char cloth and tinder.
 
2020-06-30 11:14:40 AM  
Found my fire starter tin:

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Tin is an old Altoids tin that I also use for making char cloth.  It's amazing how useful those tins are.  Anyway, looks like I need to make some more char cloth and collect some more tinder.

Using a flint and steel like that to make fire isn't very hard, pretty much anyone can do it when you show them how.  But it looks really hardcore to those who haven't seen it done.
 
2020-06-30 11:17:37 AM  

Nosatril: phalamir: Yes, Subby, people back in the far reaches of time, like the 1990s used them.  We always kept those lamps filled because they were damned useful if the power went out when a hurricane decided to barrel through and blow everything to shiat and back.

Yep. Back before LEDs, they were the kings of long lasting light. We were at the tale end of a vulnerable power line, so watching the glass get installed over the flame and brightening the room was a foul-weather ritual. It was kind of exciting as a kid.

Hadn't thought about it in a while. Certainly better options now than open flames from glass gas cans.


I definitely used them in my childhood.  Compared to other options they were REALLY bright.  But man, what a stressor that was to make sure you put the damned fires out before going to bed.

Nowadays LED lanterns are ridiculous.  Just one can light up an entire large room with enough light for reading or fine work, like threading a needle.  They last a real long time on one set of batteries.  While we change the batteries every year for hurricane season, i've got a camping one that I've used multiple times and never changed the battery over years.

As for running out of batteries, well that's what a solar panel and charging station are for.
 
2020-06-30 11:23:09 AM  

dittybopper: Ecliptic: Or for $5 apiece you can get led lanterns that run for hours on end on a few AAs.

I've got one.  And I use it.

But I'm not giving up on the idea of oil lamps because there are times and situations where you might not be able to get batteries.  Cooking oil, though, lasts forever*, and it's something we always have a significant supply of.

In fact, vegetable oil is probably the biggest secret to "prepping" there is.  It's almost *NEVER* talked about, but it's got so many uses.   Aside from the lighting aspect, you've got the following:

1.  Cooking as a medium for frying.
2.  Cooking as a stove fuel.  It's a safe fuel too, less likely to start a fire.
3.  Heating of a small shelter, especially a snow cave kind of shelter.
4.  A source of calories, as a "dressing" for collected greens and collected or grown vegetables.
5.  Lubrication for machines, both simple and complex.  You can even use it in your car as engine oil in an emergency.
6.  Cleaning.  You can use it as a substitute for soap, and you can also make actual soap with it.


7. If the flame goes for eight days, everyone gets presents.
 
2020-06-30 11:23:16 AM  

arrogantbastich: I also am not a dumbass and know what they are. I have 4 of them. Apparently I live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.


We all live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.

You know how I can tell?

Because there are no real ghosts, witches, zombies, animated mummies, monsters, werewolves, vampires, aliens visiting Earth (ghostly or corporeal), ape men, clairvoyant Gypsies, phantoms (funky or otherwise), etc., and that anyone trying to convince you otherwise is trying to scam you out of something.
 
2020-06-30 11:26:55 AM  

Fear the Clam: 7. If the flame goes for eight days, everyone gets presents.


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I GOT A ROCK.
 
2020-06-30 11:33:58 AM  

gopher321: Ecliptic: Or for $5 apiece you can get led lanterns that run for hours on end on a few AAs.

Oil lamps are cool, but wasteful and silly now. If you really want to though you can make fun ones out of a cotton ball, a piece a of wire, and a ball jar. Will run on canola or olive oil.

I have a buddy with a 4th generation hunting cabin deep in the ADKs. Rooms are hard plumbed with propane lines that run Coleman style lantern mantles from overhears chandeliers and wall sconces. They've got one 50-lb tank that they haven't refilled in a decade apparently.

Yeah, I'm thinking Why are people still messing around with hurricane lamps, lamp oil, and the associated possible fire hazards when you can get a cheap-o LED lamp for a few bucks? And if you don't want to mess with batteries, get a crank-powered lamp, with BONUS! an emergency radio attached to it.


I think I gave my hurricane lamps to my (now former) neighbors, as I'd typically hide out over at their place, and help them distract the kids.  Especially as most of the days long power outages in my current house have been from ice storms, not hurricanes, so it meant we only had to keep one house at a reasonable temperature.

I do have a hand crank lamp, which was also useful for distracting the kids -- give them the task of cranking it, so we had sufficient light to see the instructions for the lego kits I'd bring over.

These days, I also have a couple of battery LED lanterns, and a couple of Eton / Red Cross "Blackout Buddies" (flashlight / nightlight combos : https://www.amazon.com/American-Emerg​e​ncy-Flashlight-Blackout-ARCBB201W-SNG/​dp/B01MD1EBHD/ ).  And an inverter generator to run the fridge without keeping me up all night in the summer (when I want to have the windows open if the AC is off), and UPSes on most electronics.
 
2020-06-30 11:37:24 AM  
Remember using them growing up in the 80's.   The crack used to make the wick go up and down made for nice dimmer option so highly versatile.

I'm sure my parents still have them but they have a home generator now so they'd be collecting dust where ever they are.
 
2020-06-30 12:01:03 PM  

phalamir: Yes, Subby, people back in the far reaches of time, like the 1990s used them.  We always kept those lamps filled because they were damned useful if the power went out when a hurricane decided to barrel through and blow everything to shiat and back.


Minus the hurricanes plus quakes, but we have one here in SoCal.  Power goes out, an oil lamp provides a hell of a lot more light than candles do - even multiple candles.  Small space, bedroom or something?  Sure get a candle.  Large space like a living room?  Way easier to light one oil lamp than 7 candles all over the place - and easier to keep an eye on/control access to with pets/kids around.
 
2020-06-30 1:05:38 PM  
I have consistently used oil lamps over the years because when we were out on the ranch it wasn't uncommon to have the electricity go out for a few days or even up to a week. While it happened more frequently in the winter we could lose the electricity at any time of the year so I always had several oil lamps ready to go. I learned a long time ago that if you didn't want to have to clean them up (the outside) before every use slipping a plastic grocery bag over one to keep the dust off is handy.
 
2020-06-30 1:48:06 PM  
I have two that I use a lot now, they're cool looking.
 
2020-06-30 2:03:51 PM  

dittybopper: arrogantbastich: I also am not a dumbass and know what they are. I have 4 of them. Apparently I live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.

We all live in a Scooby Doo cartoon.


Altogether now...

"We all live in a Scooby Doo cartoon, Scooby Doo cartoon, Scooby Doo cartoon"
 
2020-06-30 3:48:31 PM  
Hurricane Lamps, and yes they still see use.
 
2020-06-30 6:39:42 PM  
Yeah I have an oil lamp and it works fine.
 
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