Instead of replacing your glass oil lamps because they do not burn properly any longer, you may want to think about simply replacing the wick. The steps listed below will help you get the old wick out, and put a new one in without damaging the lamp so that you can continue burning it for many more years to come.
Step #1) Make Sure The Lamp Is Cool – The first step is going to be making sure that the lamp you are replacing the wick in has had sufficient amount of time to cool down. It is advised that you allow the lamp to set for at least 24 hours, to ensure that you are not going to be burned when you start taking it apart to replace the wick.
Step #2) Remove The Burner Assembly – Once you are positive that the lamp has cooled you will want to begin taking it apart. First you need to remove the glass shroud so that you can gain access to the burner. Once the burner has been exposed you will need to use the thumb screw on the side of it to loosen it from the top of the lamp. After it is loose you can simply pull it out.
Step #3) Remove The Old Wick – Now you will need to remove the old wick. Depending on how much if it is left, you may be able to turn the thumb screw in a clockwise direction, feeding the remainder through the top of the burner. If it is shorter than this, you will need to turn the screw counterclockwise and attempt to pull the wick from the bottom of the lamp.
Step #4) Install The New Wick – Once the old wick is removed you will need to feed the new wick through the bottom of the burner. As it reaches the spindle, you will want to turn the thumb screw in a clockwise direction to begin feeding the wick out through the top of the burner.
Step #5) Reassemble – After the new wick is installed, you will want to place the burner assembly back onto the lamp and tighten down the screw to ensure that it is snuggly installed on the lamp. From here you can replace the glass shroud and allow the wick time to soak up the kerosene before you begin burning it again.