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The Book of Non-electric Lighting: The Classic Guide to the Safe Use of Candles, Fuel Lamps, Lanterns, Gaslights & Fire-View Stoves By Tim Matson Cover Image

The Book of Non-electric Lighting: The Classic Guide to the Safe Use of Candles, Fuel Lamps, Lanterns, Gaslights & Fire-View Stoves (Paperback)

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Tim Matson surveys an often overlooked aspect of independent living—firelight.


In this completely revised and updated classic, Matson describes in lively detail all the elements of firelight—beginning with an explanation of the lighting system he developed from his Vermont home.

• The romantic history and modern molding of candlepower


• Traditional kerosene lamps


• The versatile Aladdin


• Liquid propane (LP) gas lights


• Kerosene and gas pressure lanterns (the Coleman)


• Incandescent mantle safety


• The "Return of Firelight" from glass-fronted hearths and stoves


In addition, Matson shows how to select, assemble, install, and safely maintain these non-electric sources of light. This guide will be indispensable for vacation homes, camps, boats, RVs, independent homesteads—and anywhere in a blackout.



Tim Matson, a writer and aquaculture consultant, has been advising people how to build and maintain ponds and wetlands for more than 25 years through Earth Ponds, his pond design and restoration consulting firm. His writing has appeared in Yankee, Harrowsmith Country Life, Country Journal, and Vermont Life. He lives in Thetford Center, Vermont.
Product Details ISBN: 9780881507942
ISBN-10: 0881507946
Publisher: Countryman Press
Publication Date: June 17th, 2008
Pages: 106
Language: English