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Catalytic Effusion Fragrance Lamp Use & Troubleshooting

Fragrance Lamps are not only a decorative bottle; they are a very functional bottle. They are sometimes called a fragrance lamp, fragrance diffusers, effusion lamp or aroma lamp. They require a special fragrance fuel. When lit, the fragrance is dispersed throughout the room, with no flame. The only time a flame is required is when initially lit. The burning of the fuel through the catalytic stone releases both oxygen and anion into the room. These purify the air and remove odors from the home or office.

Lamp Parts Bottle: holds fragranced fuel and looks pretty.
Catalytic stone (wick/stone assembly): the core of the lamp, which will release fragrance and anion
Snuffer cap: protects the catalytic stone and stops stone function. Keeps fuel from evaporating when not lit.
The top cover (decorative shade) is to prevent scalds and adds an elegant touch. It also helps to hold the heat in for the stone.

Operating Instructions:

  1. Put the lamp on a stable and level surface. Do not put on a wood or finished surface, the alcohol will mar the finish if you spill it. Remove the shade and cap. Insert the funnel in the bottle neck, then fill the bottle with our lamp fuel NO MORE THAN 1/2 FULL. Air is needed at the top to burn properly, plus this puts a distance between the fuel and the hot wick stone. Be sure to dry any spilt lamp fuel. Be sure that the lamp is nowhere near any flammable materials.
  2. Insert wick/burner into bottle, put the snuffer cap on. Let the wick soak for 20 minutes. After soaking, remove the cap and light the burner.
  3. Allow the flame to burn for 2-3 minute then blow out. Do NOT leave the flame unattended. You may get a rather large flame. It is best if the base of the stone begins to glow red but this does not always happen.
  4. Put on the decorative shade and enjoy the fragrance. (Do not touch the shade to avoid scalds when the lamp is lighting). Do not use the decorative shade while the flame is burning.
  5. To stop operation, remove the shade, put the snuffer cap on the wick/burner. Then put back the decorative shade.

For best results:

  1. Keep the snuffer cap on the stone when it is not in use. If you don't, you may begin to have problems with your wick. The alcohol will evaporate and leave a build up of the fragrance oil which will then be too rich to burn and may clog your wick. It also absorbs moisture, which makes the lamp harder to burn.
  2. A Butane lighter is a great way to start the lamp, they have a good, strong flame-sometimes you have to hold the lighter to the stone quite a while to get them to start.
  3. You may need to replace your wick stone occasionally.
  4. There are varying opinions as to whether to always burnout your wick stone--that is burn all of the fuel in your lamp every time, or to never allow it to burn out all of the fuel. Do whatever works best for you.
  5. It is a good idea to not leave fuel in the lamp between lightings to prevent the wick stone from building up fragrance.
  6. If you have a cantankerous wick stone (it doesn't stay hot after extinguishing the flame) allow it to dry thoroughly-about 24 hours. Then soak again for 20 minutes, and then relight.
  7. Sometimes if you hold the Butane lighter flame to the stone for a minute or so will get the stone hot enough to work again.
  8. In order to change fragrances, you can either dry the wick on a paper towel, or just change your fragrance; the fragrances will blend together until the fuel that is already in the wick is gone.

If the stone won't light:

  1. The fuel may not have absorbed throughout the wick and stone. Replace the snuffer cap, wait 20 more minutes, and then try again.
  2. If you didn't replace the snuffer cap, your remaining fuel could be too rich and you could have a fragrance oil build up in the stone. Replace the fuel. You will need to hold your lighter flame on the stone, sometimes it takes several minutes before the oil deposits are burned up. If this does not work try soaking your wick in wick cleaner for 24 hours.
  3. There could be moisture from the air absorbed in the wick stone. In this case, you will need to dry the wick out for 24 hours in a warm and dry place.
  4. If the pores are clogged from deposit build up, you can soak the wick stone in our unscented wick cleaner. This is 99.5% isopropyl alcohol. Do not use the 70% isopropyl alcohol. Try soaking for an hour, then relighting. You can also put some of this wick cleaner in your lamp and burn it instead of fragrance fuel for a couple of hours.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND ANIMALS. BE SURE TO READ AND FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND WARNING LABELS ON LAMP AND FRAGRANCE FUEL. DO NOT PLACE DIRECTLY ON WOOD OR FINISHED SURFACE, THE ALCOHOL WILL MAR THE FINISH. DISCONTINUE IF IRRITATION DEVELOPS. KEEP BOTH THE LAMP AND FRAGRANCE FUEL AWAY FROM COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS. IT IS BEST TO USE THE LAMP ON A GLASS OR STONEWARE PLATE. USE ON A STABLE, FLAT SURFACE. NEVER LEAVE THE OPEN FLAME UNATTENDED. BE SURE THE FLAME IS OUT BEFORE PUTTING THE DECORATIVE SHADE ON THE LAMP. NEVER TOUCH THE WICK/STONE ONCE IT IS LIT. BE SURE TO USE AN ALCOHOL BASED FRAGRANCE FUEL.

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