Kerosene lanterns are lighting devices consisting of a metal frame and a bulbous glass enclosure. The liquid fuel is contained in the lower part of its metal body which is fitted with a wick. Air inlets at the top of the metal body permits the continuous flow of oxygen necessary to keep the device alight.
The glass fitting, called the glass chimney, protects the fire from being blown away by the winds. The kerosene lamp was used mostly by fishermen when they ou for fishing in the dark as it could provide a coinstant source of light, as the glasschimney could protect the fire from going out inspite of the wind.