This evening I decided it was time to clean and re-fill all our oil lamps. They were dusty and dirty and many of them were almost empty.
I removed all the globes...
...and washed them in soapy water.
After this I carefully washed the lamps themselves, being careful to only get the bases wet, not the fixtures.
Letting everything drip-dry.
We don't use that silly scented lamp oil that costs an arm and a leg. Instead we use kerosene. I can buy one-gallon jugs for less than $10 at our local hardware store.
Because these jugs don't pour easily (they dribble too much), I pour the kerosene into a measuring cup...
...and use that to fill the lamps.
This means fewer dribbles, but it still dribbles a bit, so I make sure to wipe the lamp base clean.
I filled our two decorative lamps as well.
We keep five oil lamps around the house in a state of readiness.
Sometimes we use these for "atmosphere," but mostly they're for emergencies. But I often light our decorative lamps just for fun.
We can also pull together as many as 20 more lamps because I have oil lamp fixtures that fit onto canning jars.
These are nifty little gizmos for which I spent some time looking, and finally found them at a place called Southern Lamp Supply. We bought two bundles of fixtures (they used to be in bundles of ten, but now they're in bundles of seven)(it's item no. 7BR3273, if anyone's interested).
I also buy glass globes for oil lamps whenever I see them in thrift stores. Globes break, of course, so I want a decent supply on hand just in case.
Anyway, that's what I did this evening.