Fragrance Lamp Instructions
Full Instructions are on the back of the bottle of most every brand of Fragrance Lamp Oil. Make sure you read all the directions before proceeding.
- Set Fragrance Lamp on a level, stable surface. Remove the Decorative/Open Shade and Solid Snuffer Cap.
- Fill Fragrance Lamp no more than two thirds full with fragrance lamp oil using the small funnel. Dry off any spilt Lamp Oil carefully! NOTE: Your fragrance lamp will not function properly if it is too full! You may add as little fuel as you desire, but never more than 2/3 full.
- Insert the Wick Stone into the Fragrance Lamp and REPLACE THE SOLID SNUFFER CAP ON THE LAMP.. Allow at least 20 minutes for the Wick Stone to absorb fragrance oil. (If the lamp does not stay hot, you MUST put the snuffer cap back on and wait another 20 minutes before lighting it again.)
- Make sure the Fragrance Lamp is not near any flammable material. Light the Wick Stone (You will get a substantial flame... 2 to 4 inches tall) and leave the flame on for at least 2 minutes. The whole point to this is to get the wick stone up to operating temperature of 400 to 500 degrees. Blow out the flame after 2 to 4 minutes. Make sure you blow out the flame, do not assume it has gone out. The Wick Stone is now operating. There will be no flame but the burner stone will be very hot! You will damage the wick stone if you leave it burning with a full flame for longer than 4 minutes.
- Place the Decorative/Open Shade over the Wick Stone. The Decorative Shade protects you from getting accidentally burned on the hot Wick Stone and also helps to hold the heat in the stone. Never put the Decorative/Open Shade on your Fragrance Lamp when the flame is burning.
- To extinguish, remove the Decorative/Open Shade and place the Solid Snuffer Cap on the Wick Stone.
- ALWAYS KEEP THE SOLID SNUFFER CAP ON THE FRAGRANCE LAMPE WHEN IT IS NOT OPERATING. Failure to do so causes most of the wick problems folks encounter. The isopropyl alcohol in the lamp oil tends to evaporate and let the fragrance oil build up in the Wick Stone. Isopropyl alcohol also loves to absorb moisture out of the air, diluting the fragrance lamp oil with water, which means it will not burn! Make sure the Solid Snuffer Cap is on tightly and securely.
- If the lamp fails to stay hot after the burn time of 2 to 4 minutes, place the snuffer cap back on the lamp for at least 20 minutes before you try to light the lamp again. Trying to light the wick stone again right away can destroy your wick stone!
- We strongly suggest you use a fireplace style butane lighter to light your fragrance lamp. They put out a good flame to get the lamp started.
- Remember that the fragrance lamp works after the flame is extinguished. The flame is only to heat the stone to operating temperature and needs to be blown out after 2-4 minutes.
- NEVER fill your fragrance lamp more than 2/3 full of fragrance lamp oil. The lamp needs the air at the top of the lamp to work properly and besides that you really do not want the flammable fragrance lamp oil in intimate contact with the hot Wick Stone!
- Wick Stone burners are all different. Some seem to last forever and some don’t seem to last long at all.
- How many different kinds of Wick Stones are there? Manufacturers offer 100s of different designs of Wick Stones with varying properties. Variables include the shape of the Wick Stone, the size and quantity of the micro pores in the Stone, the ratios and concentrations of catalytic metals in the Stone, and the design of the cotton wick.
- Wilma trys to never leave the wick in her lamp between uses. This prevents the fragrance oils from building up in the Wick Stone. If you put your wick into the wick cleaner alcohol it will stay cleaner.
- Replacement wick stones are sold for as little as $6 up to $20.
- You can change fragrances anytime. Any fragrance left in the wick will just blend with whatever was there before for a few minutes. You do not need to use a different wick stone for each different fragrance.
- We recommend that you never burn up all the fuel in your lamp and run the wick stone dry.
- If your stone fails to light there are several potential causes
- The fragrance lamp oil may not be wicked up to the Wick Stone enough yet. Put on the Solid Snuffer Cap back on for another 20 minutes then try again to light your Fragrance Lamp. DO NOT try to light it right away as there is not enough fuel wicked up to get it up to operating temperature.
- Your Fragrance Lamp could be "over-wicked". If your Lamp was left exposed to the air for too long with the Solid Snuffer Cap off, it could buildup fragrance lamp oil in the stone. If so, hold the lighter flame to the stone longer (sometimes it takes several minutes), it should light once the oil deposits are dispersed.
- Your Wick Stone may have absorbed moisture from the air. The Isopropyl Alcohol in the fragrance lamp oil just loves to absorb water from any source available. Too much water and it will not burn no matter how long you hold a flame to it. In this case, pull the Wick Stone and let it completely dry out for about 24 hours in a warm dry non-humid location or even better, soak it in a sealed container filled with Unscented Wick Cleaner (pure high concentration isopropyl alcohol).
- Sometimes a Wick Stone can be “rejuvenated” by burning the “Unscented – Wick Cleaner” in the fragrance lamp for a few hours.
- The Wick Stone may just be all used up. Over time the catalytic metals in the wick get used up or coated with deposits and the wick stone is finished.
WHITE SMOKE? Some lamp oil fragrances have a tendency to produce a "white smoke". The "white smoke" is harmless and results from incomplete combustion of very long chain molecules in some fragrance oils.
Wilma loves her fragrance lamps and burns them everyday. She has developed a simple method for keeping her wick stones clean and healthy that also eliminates the waiting time before you can light a lamp from 20 minutes to zero!
- Buy a small Tupperware or Rubbermaid type container with a lid that seals. (IMPORTANT – it must have a lid with a tight seal.) Wilma’s is about the size of an egg.
- Buy some isopropyl alcohol (at least 91% concentration … anything less than 91% will not work!) You can buy Unscented – Wick Cleaner - Fragrance Lamp Oil off the web site (its one of the fragrance selections) or get some at a local drug store.
- Put your wick stone assembly (never ever separate the ceramic stone from the cotton wick) into the container (Wilma keeps several wick stones for each lamp and uses them in rotation) and fill it up with the isopropyl alcohol (Unscented – Wick Cleaner). Put the lid on tight so the alcohol does not evaporate.
- The isopropyl alcohol will slowly soak out the carbon deposits in your wick stones that eventually clog them up. (Depending on how clogged up you wick stone is it might take several days.) Over time the Wick Cleaner alcohol will turn from clear to the color of weak tea as it soaks out the carbon deposits. Replace with fresh Wick Cleaner as needed.
- Remove the Wick Stone currently in the lamp left over from the last use.
- Fill the lamp with fragrance lamp oil (no more than 2/3 full). Its best to only put in as much lamp oil as you plan to burn at this time.
- Remove a wick stone that has been soaking in the small container and put it into your lamp.
- You can now immediately light the lamp (no need to wait for 20 minutes) and follow the normal instructions.
- Put the Wick Stone that you took out of the lamp, in the first step, back into the sealed container filled with Unscented - Wick Cleaner isopropyl alcohol so it will be soaking and ready to use the next time you want to burn your lamp.