Tuesday, November 25, 2008

MINERS LAMPS.NET

minerslamps.net


minerslamps.net


interesting american site




Mine Locomotive Carbide Safety Lamp. Made by Wilhelm Sieppel, Bochum, Germany. Circa 1910. Click photo for more images.

Buy, Sell, or Trade. Will buy one specimen, or entire collection. Free Appraisals

Hello!! My name is Dave Gresko, and welcome to my homepage. I have been buying, selling, trading, and collecting antique miner's lighting devices for the past 25 years. Presently, I mainly focus on rare and unusual miner's safety lamps. Do you have any? If so, I would like to hear about them. Just send me an email with a photo, and I will see if I can provide information on your lamp!

minerslamps.net


minerslamps.net


interesting american site




Mine Locomotive Carbide Safety Lamp. Made by Wilhelm Sieppel, Bochum, Germany. Circa 1910. Click photo for more images.

Buy, Sell, or Trade. Will buy one specimen, or entire collection. Free Appraisals

Hello!! My name is Dave Gresko, and welcome to my homepage. I have been buying, selling, trading, and collecting antique miner's lighting devices for the past 25 years. Presently, I mainly focus on rare and unusual miner's safety lamps. Do you have any? If so, I would like to hear about them. Just send me an email with a photo, and I will see if I can provide information on your lamp!

Friday, November 14, 2008

LAMP HANDLING AND SAFETY

hi kevin,
is this connected with the torch relay?
i ask because the results would vary with the type of lamp.
if its a torch relay based on the GR6S; videos of fueling are on you tube and still photos are on our website;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHP9437uaIE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScRi-s4SvR8
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UGDDI8wD37gCgH3ZxhKWfw

fuel;kerosene or paraffin, this helps safety as it can only be lit with a naked flame. (the unmodified GR6S uses relighter spirit which has a very low flashpoint to cope with the lamps spark ignition.)
the lamp base or fuel vessel is packed with felts to absorb the fuel for transfer to the wick. so we recommend filling with fuel to the brim of the filler neck then after is has been soaking for a few minutes turn it upside down so the excess fuel can drain off.
the lamps are very robust as they are designed for use in a coal mine. the glasses are double fired pyrex or similar so are very strong.
it is important that the bung is secured tightly in the glass hole used for flame transfer. the fire resistant rubber seal should be clean,soft and undamaged.
the easiest way to put out a lamp is by dropping it vertically or banging it down on a hard surface . this causes the flame to jump off the wick.
the lamps are designed to burn for between 8 and 24 hours on a small flame. the wick should be turned down as far as possible until the flame nearly goes out and then back up slightly to establish a small but stable flame. the aim is for the fuel to burn just above the wick so it is not burning the wick. so a clean uncoked wick is important so there is a steady fuel flow.
the flame is enclosed within a flame trap so will burn gases within the double gauze enclosure in the top of the lamp but not ignite gases outside of the flame trap.
in other words if you take a lit lamp into an enclosed space with an explosive percentage of methane the lamp will burn the methane and indicate its presence but not cause igntion of the gas.
the normal place for a lit lamp to be carried is on a miners belt, so you can see that they are used to being banged about.
we supply a cradle for fixing the torch relay lamps on board aircraft.
re the boat deck scenario, i don't know as we have not tried it, i suspect the flame would go out as a result of the shock of the fall. thats what usually happens when a lamp is dropped in a coal mine.
if the fuelling has been done as above the fuel would stay in the felts.if it stayed lit it should just keep burning until the fuel runs out.

i hope this is helpful, but please ask if you need more.

regards david mather

Kevin Corson wrote:
David,
If a lit lantern, full of fuel, was placed on it’s side and allowed to roll at will, (think boat deck on a rolling ocean), what happens to the flame and the fuel, please?
Kevin Corson
Astar Air Cargo

Manager, Dangerous Goods Group

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Type 6 M & Q Safety Lamps

PAUL MARTIN FROM NASHVILLE ASKED ABOUT HIS LAMP;

I live in Nashville, TN. We found one of your lamps in my Dad's attic as we were cleaning it out. It looks like it is all brass. On the stamped brass it says Type 6 M & Q Safety Lamps Approved 8/28
I tried to put some lamp oil into it but it does not seem to go in it. Can you tell us something about it and how we can make it work. Thanks so much.

Paul Martin

the Type 6 or deputies relighter lamp became the main lamp for gas detection from nationalisation of UK mines in 1947.
the GR6S in use today in coal mines and as modified for the olympic torch relays is a development of this.the type 6 was gradually replaced by the gr6s from the early 1970's.
fuel is relighter spirit or colzalene, which has a very low flashpoint so it will light with the spark ignition. it is very similair to lighter fluid and petrol.
lamp oil is kerosene/paraffin based and will only light with a naked flame.
to get it to light soak the vesssel in petrol, make sure the wick is soft and that the striker is producing a spark from the flint.
replacement parts come in our service kit whcih you can buy in our online shop.
http://www.protectorlamp.com/shopdraft.htm

LIGHTING AN SL ??????????? HELP

HAS ANYONE OUT THERE DEVELOPED A RIG FOR LIGHTING SL'S?
HERE IS ANDERS PROBLEM;
I'm still strugling with the lighting the lamp with 4 volt (as mentioned in the blog of september 20, 2007). All the batteries I have tried, have not had power enough to heat up the wire, and the 1 Amp power supply just short curcuited. Have you got any idears about lighting the lamp? I'm getting quite desperate :)
On the base there is stamped 53/5291 and E. I recon that the 53 is the production year, does the 5291 or the E say any thing about the lamp type?

Friday, November 07, 2008

USA mines worked in the 60's

some photos from mike verdetto who is using a garforth lamp to explore these old workings.