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Check the gasket between the two chambers where gas can escape. Mine were dried and cracked and I had flames coming from there.
Also, IMO, too much flame is when the flame seems sooty. It should be pretty clean.
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Me too! And it was pretty exciting having flames shoot out of that seal, and probably humorous for anyone nearby seeing me try to blow it out.
Flammable liquids, open flame, what could go wrong?
Old enough to know better. Young enough to do it.
As suggested, check the gasket for the lower container. A large o-ring will work until you either find the correct replacement or you can cut your own out of a suitable gasket material.
There should be some sort of filter, usually felt, that lets the acetylene gas move under pressure up through the porcelain tip. Lots of times the felt and felt retaining clip are missing. If you have a filter, clean it carefully. The felt has to be dry to work and let gas through.
You might also need to ream the tip with a wire tip cleaner. Any very small stiff wire will do.
When running correctly, it should be a very bright white light.
Common user error is flooding the carbide tank. It only takes one drip every few seconds to activate.
Did you add Calcium Carbide and water or was there some left? The flame is bright and long, but a lot depends on the reflector to create useful light.
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They come in cap lamp and mine inspectors' sizes 4- & 8-hour runtime. When finished using clean the residue carbide from the lower tank. I have seen the dry out and harden like concrete making the unable to come apart.
Flame should be about 1" long and intensely bright.
Does that have a screen flashguard? I can't tell from the pics.
Check the big gasket between the carbide tank and head for leaks. Do it outside and use a lighter or match to check. If you have a leak, it will make a small flame you can easily blow out. The carbide gas--acetylene--will have displaced any air from the tank, so no explosion risk.
We used carbide headlamps for caving back in the seventies and early eighties. They had the best fuel density for long days underground--alkaline batteries had barely hit the market--and were as bright as or brighter than any battery powered headlamp of the time.
I lit one of mine up recently. I'd forgotten how much they stink when running!
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I think your flame you described is probably what it was supposed to be, like a candle with a reflector perpendicular to the flame.
The mining lamps are more like a mini blow torch coming from the center of the reflector.