W.T. Kirkman Lantern


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Product Description

The W.T. Kirkman No. 2 Champion is our most popular and best selling lantern, and now features a full weight pressed “Loc-Nob” globe bearing the W.T. Kirkman trademark. The No. 2 Champion features the improved WTK #262 wing-lock burner for superior performance and the highest wind resistance. The extra durable galvanized construction is well suited for the most demanding applications, and is especially appropriate where an historically accurate unpainted finish is needed. Here is an outside review of the No. 2 Champion worth reading.

The 4th photo shows the No. 2, 15″ Champion in the Foreground and the 12″ Little Champ in the background. For those who are interested in the tables, I purchased them from Wisteria… Ceramic Cumulus Stools.

The 3rd photo shows the Little Champ on the left and the Champion on the right. The Champion is more elegant and elongated, in our opinion, and it holds considerably more fuel than the Little Champ.

The lanterns include a handy funnel for filling located inside the globe when shipped.  PLEASE REMOVE BEFORE LIGHTING!


15″ Champion

  • 15″ height (bail Up height 20 1/2″)
  • Average 12-14 candle power,(maximum 20 c.p.)
  • 7/8″ wick
  • 31 oz. fount capacity, 27-hour burning time
  • Approx. thermal output: 1,400 BTU per hour
  • Operates on average at 6 cents per hour’s worth of lamp oil

12″ Little Champ

  • 12″ high (bail Up height 16 1/4″)
  • Average 9 candle power (maximum 12 c.p.)
  •  5/8″ wick
  •  9 oz. fount capacity, 12-hour burning time
  • Approx. thermal output: 1100 BTU per hour
  • Operates on average at 4 cents per hour’s worth of lamp oil.

Tips for Using your W.T. Kirkman Lantern


Recommended Lamp Oil

We recommend using Firefly CLEAN Lamp Oil or Firefly Paraffin Lamp Oil because both are designed to burn very cleanly producing virtually no soot, smoke or odor. If you choose another brand, please select a high-quality pure liquid paraffin oil. You want a combustible fuel, NOT a FLAMMABLE fuel. NEVER USE ACETONE, ALCOHOL, GASOLINE, ETHYLALCOHOL or PAINT THINNER . Sorry for shouting but it’s important 🙂


Never Mix Fuels as mixing will change the burning characteristics.


Filling the Lantern

Included with the lantern is a black funnel housed in the glass globe. Please remove and use this to fill the lantern. Do not fill lantern resevoir more than 85% full, unless maximum burning time is required. Overfilling the lantern may cause the fuel to spill out of the burner socket onto the inner air chamber plate and leak out the side tube joint, which creates the impression the lantern is leaking.


Lighting the Lantern

Push down on lever on the right side of the lantern to raise the globe, exposing the wick. Light the wick while the globe is raised. Position lever back to the original position, lowering the globe. After the wick is lit, it should be adjusted to no more than 1/16” above the flame plate. As the lantern warms to operating temperature, the flame will increase in size. Five minutes after lighting, the flame may be adjusted to provide maximum illumination. If the wick is set too high, smoking will occur, which means soot will be deposited on the globe.


Trimming the Wick

The lanterns are shipped from the factory with wicks properly trimmed. With steady use, the wick will need trimming occasionally. Trim off charred tip with sharp scissors so that the top of the wick is flat and square, making right angles at
the corners.


Changing the Chimney

Grasp the loop at the top of the lantern and lift. This will release the globe. Tilt the globe away from the filler cap at the bottom to a horizontal position and take out the chimney.



Keep away from small children – This is not a toy.


W. T. Kirkman Lantern Instructions

• Glass globe and chimney cap will become hot during use.
• This lantern should not be left unattended when lit.
• Always place on a stabile, flat surface.
• To switch off, lower the wick until the flame is extinguished.

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