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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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I need some info. I have acquired two carbide miners lamps. Neither one (a Justrite and a Guy's Dropper) has a burner tip. I shall have to make them. What I do not know is the size of the orifice.
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I know nothing about carbide lamps.

Whenever I encounter any type of repair problem I haven't done before the first thing I usually do is go to youtube and do a few searches. Surprising what you can learn about offbeat things on there.

You may not find the answer you're looking for, but you might get a hint where else to look.

As with anything on the internet it's "viewer beware" until you verify the information!
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I found this, I hope it helps
http://caves.org/member/mfraley/spare.htm

this one speaks of using "old telephone wire" to clean the tip.
about 26 AWG?
https://www.jumpjet.info/Emergency-P...e_Cap_Lamp.pdf

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26 gauge wire. That is a great help.
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check with your local welding supply.
they'll have the carbide you'll be needing and
a proper tip cleaner for torches that won't damage
the orifice (after you find or make one) and most
likely will have a source or be able to direct you to
someplace that probably has the correct part you need.
i would imagine if they have carbide that a lot
of lamp users trade there and can probably direct you
where you need to go

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Pete. I’m curious as to what you are planning to do with this old technology?
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Pete. I’m curious as to what you are planning to do with this old technology?
Fair question. I am probably not going to do anything other than get the things back in working order. I enjoy taking old stuff and making it work again.
It started with old gasoline blow lamps (plumbers torches). I have about 50 of them. Then I moved on to kerosene torches and then to kerosene camping stoves and then to lanterns.

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We used the soot produced to blacken the sights on our match rifles to reduce glare.
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We used the soot produced to blacken the sights on our match rifles to reduce glare.
Yes. I have one of those little burners. I use it to darken the sights on a Pardini Free pistol.

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I'm thinking the Brooklyn Museum might have information and examples of these lamps and things.
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