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US20090298000A1
US20090298000A1 US12128875 US12887508A US2009298000A1 US 20090298000 A1 US20090298000 A1 US 20090298000A1 US 12128875 US12128875 US 12128875 US 12887508 A US12887508 A US 12887508A US 2009298000 A1 US2009298000 A1 US 2009298000A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F23COMBUSTION APPARATUS; COMBUSTION PROCESSES
    • F23DBURNERS
    • F23D3/00Burners using capillary action
    • F23D3/02Wick burners
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V37/00Details of lighting devices employing combustion as light source, not otherwise provided for; Night lamps; Votive lamps
    • F21V37/0004Details of lighting devices employing combustion as light source, not otherwise provided for; Night lamps; Votive lamps using liquid fuel
    • F21V37/0008Fuel containers
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V37/00Details of lighting devices employing combustion as light source, not otherwise provided for; Night lamps; Votive lamps
    • F21V37/0004Details of lighting devices employing combustion as light source, not otherwise provided for; Night lamps; Votive lamps using liquid fuel
    • F21V37/002Wicks
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F23COMBUSTION APPARATUS; COMBUSTION PROCESSES
    • F23DBURNERS
    • F23D3/00Burners using capillary action
    • F23D3/02Wick burners
    • F23D3/18Details of wick burners
    • F23D3/24Carriers for wicks

Abstract

A glass block oil lamp has a hollow glass block with six walls configured in a generally parallelepiped shape. Each of at least five of the walls is between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in length and between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in width. The hollow glass block has a compressive strength greater than about 400 psi. An oil lamp is attached to one of the walls of the glass block. The oil lamp has a combustion zone and a wick. The wick has a first end disposed proximate to the combustion zone and an opposed second end disposed within the interior of the glass block. The glass block is adapted to accept and retain a liquid fuel capable of traveling from the interior of the glass block to the combustion zone via the wick.

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    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention relates generally to hollow glass blocks used in the building industry and to oil lamps.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Hollow glass building blocks are well-known in the construction trades for the construction of a wide variety of walls, windows and other architectural features. A typical line of such hollow glass building blocks is marketed by the Pittsburgh Corning Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Likewise, oil lamps comprising a combustion zone, a wick and a supply of liquid fuel have been known for centuries.
  • It would be desirable to somehow combine the structural characteristics of a hollow glass building block with the aesthetic and functional features of an oil lamp.
  • SUMMARY
  • The invention is a glass block oil lamp comprising a hollow glass block and an attached oil lamp. The glass block has an interior, an exterior, and six walls configured in a generally parallelepiped shape. Each of at least five of the walls is between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in length and between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in width, and the hollow glass block has a compressive strength greater than about 400 psi, the oil lamp is attached to one of the walls of the glass block. The oil lamp comprises a combustion zone and a wick, the wick has a first end disposed proximate to the combustion zone and an opposed second end disposed within the interior of the glass block. In the invention, the interior of the glass block is adapted to accept and retain a liquid fuel capable of traveling from the interior of the glass block to the combustion zone via the wick.
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  • These and other features, aspects and advantages of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following description, appended claims and accompanying drawings where:
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a glass block oil lamp having features of the invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional side view of the glass block oil lamp illustrated in FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a wall employing a plurality of glass block oil lamps such as that which is illustrated in FIG. 1; and
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the glass block oil lamp illustrated in FIG. 1 shown in combination with a candle.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The following discussion describes in detail one embodiment of the invention and several variations of that embodiment. This discussion should not be construed, however, as limiting the invention to those particular embodiments. Practitioners skilled in the art will recognize numerous other embodiments as well.
  • The invention is a glass block oil 10 lamp comprising a hollow glass building block 12 in combination with an oil lamp 14. In the invention, the interior of the glass block 12 is adapted to accept and retain liquid fuel 13 used in the oil lamp 14.
  • The hollow glass block 12 has an interior, an exterior and six walls 16 configured in a generally parallelepiped shape. In the embodiments illustrated in the drawings, the six walls 16 of the glass block 12 are configured in a regular parallelepiped shape.
  • At least five of the six walls 16 have a width between about 4 inches and about 12 inches and a length between about 4 inches and about 12 inches.
  • The glass block 12 has sufficient compressive strength to form a non-load bearing wall. Thus, the glass block 12 typically has a compressive strength greater than about 400 psi, typically between about 400 psi and about 600 psi.
  • As illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, the oil lamp 14 is attached to one of the walls 16 of the glass block 12. The oil lamp 14 comprises a combustion zone 18 and a wick 20. The wick 20 has a first end 22 disposed proximate to the combustion zone 18 and an opposed second end 24 disposed within the interior of the glass block 12.
  • Typically, the first end 22 of the wick 20 is retained by a wick holder 26 which is typically made of metal. As illustrated in the drawings, the wick holder 26 can be retained within a wick holder well 28 defined at the combustion zone 18. The wick holder 26 typically has exterior dimensions which are sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder well 28.
  • In the embodiments illustrated in the drawings, the wick holder 26 has the exterior shape of a truncated cone. The wick holder 26 illustrated in the drawings further comprises exterior threads 30 which correspond to matching interior threads (not shown) disposed within the wick holder well 28. Such exterior threads 30 allow the wick holder 26 to be threadedly retained at the combustion zone 18.
  • FIG. 3 illustrates a typical wall or window 31 built from glass building blocks 33 and a plurality of glass block oil lamps of the invention 10.
  • As illustrated in the drawings, the combustion zone 18 can be disposed within a generally horizontal table 32 having a peripheral lip 34. Typically, the wick holder 26 is countersunk into the wick holder well 28 defined in the horizontal table 32.
  • The horizontal table 32 typically is of sufficient size to accept and retain a solid wax candle 36 having a flat bottom side. Typically, the area defined by the horizontal table 32 is between about 5 square inches and about 15 square inches, more typically between about 7 square inches and about 12 square inches.
  • FIG. 4 illustrates an embodiment of the invention featuring the glass block oil lamp 10 in combination with a solid wax candle 36 having a flat bottom and being disposed upon the horizontal table 32 within the peripheral lip 34.
  • Typically, the oil lamp 14 is made from a glass or glass-appearing material. Either or both the glass block 12 and the oil lamp 14 can be transparent, translucent or opaque. Typically, the relative transparency of the oil lamp 14 is chosen to match the relative transparency of the glass block 12.
  • The invention provides a combination of a glass building block and an oil lamp having both unique aesthetic and functional features. Liquid fuel for the oil lamp is conveniently retained within the glass block.
  • Having thus described the invention, it should be apparent that numerous structural modifications and adaptations may be resorted to without departing from the scope and fair meaning of the instant invention as set forth hereinabove and as described hereinbelow by the claims.

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  1. 1. A glass block oil lamp comprising:
    (a) a hollow glass block having an interior and an exterior, the glass block comprising six walls configured in a generally parallelepiped shape, each of at least five of the walls being between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in length and between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in width, the hollow glass block having a compressive strength greater than about 400 psi; and
    (b) an oil lamp attached to one of the walls of the glass block, the oil lamp comprising a combustion zone and a wick, the wick having a first end disposed proximate to the combustion zone and an opposed second end disposed within the interior of the glass block;
    wherein the interior of the glass block is adapted to accept and retain a liquid fuel capable of traveling from the interior of the glass block to the combustion zone via the wick.
  2. 2. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder.
  3. 3. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder.
  4. 4. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is threadedly retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder, the wick holder having exterior threads and a wick holder well having matching interior threads.
  5. 5. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder, the wick holder having the exterior shape of a truncated cone.
  6. 6. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, the horizontal table being of sufficient size to accept and retain a candle having a flat bottom side.
  7. 7. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, the horizontal table defining an area between about 5 square inches and about 15 square inches.
  8. 8. The glass block oil lamp of claim 1 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, and wherein the glass block oil lamp further comprises a candle having a flat bottom disposed upon the horizontal table.
  9. 9. A glass block oil lamp comprising:
    (a) a hollow glass block having an interior and an exterior, the glass block comprising six walls configured in a generally regular parallelepiped shape, each of at least five of the walls being between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in length and between about 4 inches and about 12 inches in width, the hollow glass block having a compressive strength greater than about 400 psi; and
    (b) an oil lamp attached to one of the walls of the glass block, the oil lamp comprising a combustion zone and a wick, the wick having a first end disposed proximate to the combustion zone and an opposed second end disposed within the interior of the glass block;
    wherein the interior of the glass block is adapted to accept and retain a liquid fuel capable of traveling from the interior of the glass block to the combustion zone via the wick.
  10. 10. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder.
  11. 11. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder.
  12. 12. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is threadedly retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder, the wick holder having exterior threads and a wick holder well having matching interior threads.
  13. 13. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the first end of the wick is retained by a wick holder having exterior dimensions and the wick holder is retained within a wick holder well which is sized and dimensioned to match the exterior dimensions of the wick holder, the wick holder having the exterior shape of a truncated cone.
  14. 14. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, the horizontal table being of sufficient size to accept and retain a candle having a flat bottom side.
  15. 15. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, the horizontal table defining an area between about 5 square inches and about 15 square inches.
  16. 16. The glass block oil lamp of claim 9 wherein the combustion zone is disposed within a generally horizontal table having a peripheral lip, and wherein the glass block oil lamp further comprises a candle having a flat bottom disposed upon the horizontal table.
  17. 17. A wall or window constructed of three or more vertical tiers of glass blocks, the glass blocks comprising glass building blocks and at least one glass block oil lamp of claim 1.
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