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Re: (TFT) Oil lantern consumption

In a message dated 9/18/2003 9:31:35 AM Central Daylight Time, 
rgtraynor@comcast.net writes:

> <<Going by real-world lanterns, the 1 liter per hour oil consumption of 
> 'book' lanterns is really high. It ought to be more like 1 liter per day.>>
> It's more like one PINT per WEEK.
> My family's had a permanent site in a summer campground for over forty 
> years, 
> where until relatively recently there was no electricity to the campsites.  
> Lighting for all those summer nights involved propane or glass-chimneyed oil 
> lanterns.  The oil lanterns had a capacity of about a half-pint of kerosene, 
> and burning a lantern well into the night hours (something less prevalent in 
> medieval farming communities) would require a refill a shade less often than 
> every two days.

My "1 liter per day" was based on burning the lantern 24 hours a day. 

Your example involved a lantern burning maybe 2-4 hours a night - half a pint 
every 2 nights = half a pint every 6 hours = 1 pint every 12 hours = 1 
quart/liter every 24 hours. 

I don't think our figures disagree. 

Erol K. Bayburt
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