7 responses to Amish Lighting
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    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 23rd, 2008 at 15:10)

    I have never seen one of the lights as in your first picture. I do like kerosene lamps for sure myself if i am going to use anything. Always a danger no matter how careful one is.

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    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 23rd, 2008 at 20:59)

    Perhaps this is a silly question, but couldn’t the Amish just use regular smoke alarms? They’re battery-operated and don’t sound quite as crazy as the alarm you describe.

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    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 24th, 2008 at 06:19)

    Exactly Michelle. They give off a nice light though.

    Emily, probably so and probably some do. I don’t know why they had that particular model. They had actually just gotten it.

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    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 24th, 2008 at 15:15)

    Speaking of kerosene, there was an accident in the New Wilmington PA Amish community this past June in which a young woman was burned when the device she was lighting exploded. She died 2 weeks later, leaving a husband and 2 small children. It was initially thought she may have used gas by mistake, but they later discovered that gas had leaked into the kerosene tanks at the distributor.

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    Matt from CT
    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 24th, 2008 at 22:44)

    Mechanical Heat Detectors, as described in the post, are effective for “flaming” fires.

    They should be used in conjunction with a “photoelectric” smoke detector which detects cooler, smouldering fires.

    (The MHD industry itself has a shaky reputation due to some multi-level marketing problems, and some of the large players are under FTC orders do to it…the detectors are fine, how they’re marketed isn’t.)

    The most common smoke detectors in homes is an “ionization” type, which again is good for flaming fires by not against smouldering fires.

    Ideally you should invest in both types (MHD or Ionization plus a photoelectric) — some better grade of home detectors do combine ionization and photoelectric together in one unit.

    While you’re at the store buying those, a CO alarm wouldn’t be bad either, and I’ve seen those occassionally give the first alarm for a situation that would’ve soon become a fire. TWICE that’s been from someone who cleaned out a woodstove and put the ashes in a cardboard box or plastic bucket that they then left in the basement. Never underestimate people’s ability to be creative in demonstrating profound lack of common sense.

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    Comment on Amish Lighting (October 28th, 2008 at 05:04)

    Rick, I heard about that, very unfortunate story. I didn’t hear that anyone else had problems with the tainted fuel and I hope that was the case.

    Matt thanks for the dose of enlightenment on fire protection. Human creativity knows no bounds. I have to say that I’ve been guilty of a few ‘creative’ moves of my own before, though thankfully none involving fire.

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    Heather Smith
    Comment on safety of white gas lights (May 27th, 2013 at 07:49)

    safety of white gas lights

    This is an old article, but I’ll try a question anyway. I was interested in purchasing a couple of these exact lights over in Kalona. Eric, or anyone else– do you know if they give off any toxic fumes or are especially dangerous? I wouldn’t think so, as I see them everywhere, but I’ve heard some ex-Amish say the lights were poisonous. I tend to take this with a grain of salt, but I wondered when I saw Lehman’s did not carry this kind. maybe theses lights have issues? I just love that whooshing sound they make and the heat is nice in Winter. Anyway, if anyone has the scoop on their safety I’d appreciate it.

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