Use, maintenance, and cleaning of fragrance lamps, including the stone burner and wicks

Clean the air with catalytic effusion fragrance lamps and fuels, eliminating up to eighty-five percent of airborne bacteria and viruses. Using a fragrance lamp, you can get some of the “Negative Ions” that make you feel fabulous. Taking care of your Catalytic Fragrance Lamp’s Stone Burner and Wick will provide you with enticing scents and clean, healthy air for years to come. A Stone Burner powers these Catalytic Fragrance Lamps made from Hand Blown Glass.

In the mid-1800s, European scientists developed the technology that makes scent lamps possible. The researchers sought a way to sterilize and deodorize the air when they stumbled onto the simple catalytic procedure (no flame required) that did the trick. The result was the Catalytic Effusion Lamp. [However, they most likely referred to it by a different name] It was later determined that aromatic smells might be used in the mix without compromising its ability to disinfect the air.


Do not put more than two-thirds of the Fragrance Fuel into the lamp. To assemble a Fragrance Lamp, run the Wick down into the light and set the Stone Burner on top of the metal band at the top. To extinguish the flame on the stone burner, replace the top. Remove the snuffer cover after 20 minutes, then light the stone burner and let it burn for 3 to 4 minutes. Put the sizeable ornate vent cap on the stone burner and blow out the flame.

The fire should not be allowed to burn for more than four minutes. Otherwise, your stone burner could be damaged.


To “switch off your light,” you can perform any of the following:

1) If there is still two or three inches of Fragrance Fuel in the lamp and you plan to use it again soon, cover the stone burner with the snuffer cap. Relighting your lamp is as easy as following the steps outlined in “How To Light A Fragrance Lamp” above, or you can replace the fuel by taking out the burner and wick. After that, relight your lamp by replacing the burner and wick.


If you aren’t planning on using your lamp for several days or more, remove the stone once it’s cooled to the touch. If your light still has fuel in it, place the burner and wick on a clean paper towel to soak up the excess, then pour about a third of a cup of 4-In-One Solution for aroma lamps into a clean bowl and swish the burner and wick around in the solution to clean them. Burner/wick that is filthy SHOULD NOT be soaked in the solution.

Maintenance of Catalytic Fragrance Lamps’ Stone Burner and Wick Assemblies

If you accidentally allow your fragrance lamp to go out, the remaining fragrance fuel will be wasted. Your gasoline will stop burning as the antiseptic evaporates.

– Only the fragrance fuel designed for these lamps should ever be used. You’ll break your Stone Burner and waste your time.

To avoid allowing sediments to settle within your stone burner, DO NOT immerse filthy, gummed-up wicks in the cleaning solution.

A tiny wire will extend from the top of your stone burner/wick. NEVER CUT THAT WIRE OUT! Compared to traditional wicks, a Catalytic Stone Burner and Wick is in a league of its own.

Please do not attempt to raise the wick the conventional way by pushing or pulling it up through the stone burner. You can’t use them that way; the wicks weren’t designed for it.

It’s possible to clean your aroma lamp and stone burner simultaneously by burning a 4-in-1 solution. Then your lamp, burner, and the air you breathe can all be washed simultaneously.

Any Catalytic Effusion Fragrance Lamp brand is compatible with our Onaya Fragrance Fuels.

Warnings About Scent Lamps

Firstly, fragrance fuel should be handled in the same way as isopropyl alcohol. Please do not leave your Fragrance Lamp unattended or near a lit candle; keep your curious hands away.

Never walk away from the stone while it’s on fire.

To fill your Fragrance Lamp with fuel, pour it in using the tiny funnel with your lamp. Before lighting a lamp for the first time, ensure the area is free of fuel leaks.

Fourth, don’t put too much water in your bulb. It’s OK between 3/4 and 2/3 filled.

Fifth, never light a snuffing cap on fire.

Wait until the stone burner is utterly excellent before refilling the aroma light.

Scent oil is diluted with isopropyl alcohol to create fragrance fuel. The catalytic mechanism that releases the aroma into the air has its foundation in this fragrance lamp fuel.

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The preceding guidance is based on the standard manual for Catalytic Fragrance Lamps and my research and experience from the past few years. My testing and study have brought me through several of the Stone Burners to determine what can and cannot be done with these wicks.

However, the newest Stone Burner and Wick from Onaya are more durable, require less maintenance, and can withstand more mistreatment, like forgetting to replace the snuffer cap after using all the fuel.

It’s not a big deal if you forget to place the snuffer cap on your lamp before it burns out. The new Onaya Stone Burners will continue burning even if the top is left off for several days.

You haven’t experienced a wonderful stone burner until you try one of Onaya’s and Wick Assembly’s new Stone Burners. They require less effort on your part to maintain.

Be sure to only use high-quality, name-brand fragrance fuel in your fragrance lamp to avoid damaging the stone burner and wick.

I hope this has shed some light on Catalytic Effusion Fragrance Lamps and their uses for those interested in learning more about them.

In 2005, I launched S&L Marketing, where I initially developed and marketed MyFountainDesigns. I have a complete inventory of indoor fountains, spare parts, electric oil warmers, and scented oils that I blend to order.

I maintain an ample supply of Onaya Fragrance Lamps and Fuel on Paradise Mountain in the Appalachian foothills.

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