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Great page. Informative, concise, and to the point. Does Wikipedia have a "featured short article?" Because this would be good for that.
I would like to see the following added as external links: http://http://funditor.110mb.com/Fire.html as 'How to Make a Pocket-Size Oil Lamp' and http://funditor.110mb.com/FloatingLamp.html as 'Make Your Own Floating Oil Lamp' Both of these pages contain information which would be highly valued by many users learning about oil lamps. Personal research has shown that many, having learned the workings of a lamp, wish to proceed to making one. These links provide a logical step to that ends and would be greatly enjoyed. Does anyone have an objection to their inclusion on this page - if so, why? CanDo 17:09, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
AFDed article merged with this article
Hand Grenade Oil Lamps had an AFD that agreed to merge it with this article. I have merged a summary of the information available with this article, but more knowledgeable editors are free to merge relevant material I may have missed. Johnleemk | Talk 12:24, 29 November 2005 (UTC)
where is the symbolism of lamps? 184.108.40.206 00:04, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
- It hasn't been written yet because you've only now noticed the lack! Time for you to be bold and make the addition!
- Atlant 12:28, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
What happens if you put water in a lamp???
- Of course you can put water in a lamp; you just can't expect it to continue burning after you do so. Once the water starts wicking up the wick, sputter, sputter, darkness descends.
- Atlant 02:03, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
- Actually I have seen (not so often) coloured water put in glass lamps and put oil on top of it. The wick is shorter and does not reach water. the oil floats on top. Useful if the size of the lamp is too big. Also, before diwali (the festival of lights) we first soak the earthern lamps in water before we put oil in it. It stops the lamps soaking the oil and optimizes the use of oil. Just some Useless information for you :) --Kaveri 20:07, 3 July 2007 (UTC)
Indian Oil Lamp Traditions
I am surprised to see that there is not even a mention of the Indian subcontinent. The biggest and most important festival we have is festival of lights where we light all sorts of oil lamps. In temple architecture the structure of stone lamps outside the temple (Named Deepastambha) is one of the most important structures. Every indian has atleast one brass or silver oil lamp for religious purposes. The temples have highly ornate oil lamps each with its own name and significance. Any occasion like a conference is started by lighting a huge brass oil lamp. How can you miss the biggest oil lamp producing and using region of historical as well as current importance.
About that groove on the nozzle...
...this page suggests another use for it. The link is in German, but it's mostly about the pictures. The general idea is, that the surface area of the wick is enlarged by pulling it out into the groove, thereby increasing light output and fuel input. 220.127.116.11 17:47, 6 July 2007 (UTC)
Shouldn't "liquid" be added before "fuel" in the lead, as follows?
"An oil lamp is a simple vessel used to produce light continuously for a period of time from a liquid fuel source."
Badagnani 23:53, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
- Some lamps used animal fat as fuel. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:37, 16 May 2009 (UTC)
Dick holder? WTF?
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Oil_lamp&diff=266327182&oldid=266314119 --John Moser (talk) 23:42, 29 January 2009 (UTC)
- That's known as vandalism. As Wikipedia is can be edited by anyone with internet access, including giggly first graders, drunks, and assorted bozos, this sort of thing happens. No need to discuss on article talk page, just revert the edit and warn the bozo; see Wikipedia:Vandalism for tips on dealing with it. -- Infrogmation (talk) 01:38, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
The article is too long and uncomfortable to read. Perhaps, some splits are necessary. --23:37, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
Inuit Seal Oil lamps -- anyone?
I was hoping to find information about Inuit seal oil lamps, as seen in the films Atanarjuat and Before Tomorrow (among others I'm sure). They appear to be shallow bowls of some material I could not identify, filled with seal fat and oil. A large section of the rim is where the flames burn. The users seem to take great patience and precision in dimming the lamp by pressing down on portions of the burning oil with some sort of stick, and I wanted to know what that was all about. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 08:23, 28 January 2010 (UTC)
This article is very chaotic. Images don't appear with the sections they illustrate, and information about particular regions or traditions is scattered in two or three places. Sorry to complain and run, but I don't have time at present to address this (might do some image rearranging), and hope someone can take a look. Cynwolfe (talk) 22:42, 23 August 2013 (UTC)
Books and catalogues
§ Oil tax informs us, or fails to inform us,
- There were a few villages in Sri Lanka that were sending "Revenue Oil" to the temple at the rate of 2 to 4 Kalams (a unit of measurement) of paddy.
This is meaningless.
- Is a Kalam a a measure of oil or of paddy? (It's not Kalam.)
- How much is a Kalam, in metric or US or English units?
- What is paddy? Maybe paddy rice, but then is it area under cultivation, or amount harvested per year, or what?
- This is an amount, not a rate. A rate is a relationship between two measures, such as maybe
- speed: miles per hour
- tax rate: dollars per acre under cultivation
- Oil tax rate: liters of oil per ton of rice produced
You can't say "speed of 60 miles" or "speed of 10 hours", or "taxed at $4" or "taxed at 1 acre" or "taxed at 2 kilograms of rice" or "taxed at 1 liter of oil".
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How an oil lamp works.
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