This is a valuable reference book written as a labor of love by Dr. Lahde to share his extensive knowledge and experience in the development of kerosene lamps, lanterns, heaters and stoves. He explains the principles of hydrocarbon burners that have provided light and heat for millions of people around the world; and, he challenges engineers to continue improvement of hydrocarbon burning appliances.
Dr. Lahde was born and educated in Germany. Dr. Lahde earned a Ph.D. from the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for Ehrich & Graetz from 1926 to 1945 prior to coming to America. He and Fritz Graetz hold two patents. Dr. Lahde worked for Aladdin Industries Inc. from 1947 to 1960 and for American Thermos from 1960 to 1966. He retired and wrote this book, but never published it. His son brought the original text to J.W. Courter, with the condition we print copies for the family and major libraries. All hardbound copies sold out.
The book has 206 pages in 20 chapters covering the basics of fuels and combustion, wicks, wick burners and mantles, lanterns, stoves, and gasoline appliances. It is a technical reference. J.W. Courter has added 7 intro pages about Dr. Lahde and 7 pages in the appendix. The appendix is a translation of a 1941 Ehrich & Graetz booklet with photos of Albert, Adolf and Max Graetz.
There are more than 288 detail line drawings to illustrate Lahde’s writing.
Limited edition of 25 copies, 2019.