Started a new thread because I wanted to share this far out catalog that I got the other day. The question about oil fired running lights reminded me of it.
Check out Northern Tool and Equipment. (800.533.5545) at www.NorthernTool.com.
This is the craziest catalog I've seen in a long time. We're talking eclectic here. I can't make up my mind what's best in here. I've never done business with them, so I can't verify their service or quality, but check this out.
They DO have running lanterns that look like they may be Tung Wu's for $24.99 a pair! They are described as "working replicas", nine inches high and burning kerosene. "Antiqued copper plated metal." I don't know what that means, but for $25, heck, you can hang them on the mantel if they aren't seaworthy. These are on page 23, right next to the $30 170,000 BTU propane turkey cookers! (Great for melting lead...)
No, kerosene running lights aren't "legal," but it really doesn't matter until somebody runs you down, does it? If you want good running lights, try to find some of Perko's. I don't know if they are still in production, but they used to be the best made and nicest looking of all. Tung Wu's were pretty common at one point and look good when they have a patina, but aren't too well made. They were putting them on junks and workboats, basically. I have a real old set that have the porcelain burners, which are cool, but I wouldn't bother to try to burn them for running lights, that's for sure.
I liked their $18 "Fart Machine," sort of an electronic whoopie cushion that's operated with a radio signal trigger, like the new car door locks. Their $280 full size pot bellied stove looks great and where else can you find one? They also have a $40 steel woodburning stove that's 14"x12"x7" that looks great for a boat. They've got tons of odd ball stuff. A great read.
Anybody else have some good catalogs worth ordering? I'll vote for the Japan Woodworker, in Alameda, CA. Of course, Defender, Jamestown Distributors and Hamilton Marine are contenders and essentials in anybody's catalog box.