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1. (WO2007012036) WICK-HOLDER ASSEMBLY
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WE CLAM:
1. A wick-holder assembly, comprising:
a wick-retention member for retaining a wick in an operative position extending from a base portion; and
a heat-conductive element extending from the base portion;
wherein a portion of the heat-conductive element is arranged to cause the heat-conductive element to move substantially radially toward or away from the wick-retention member in response to a flame disposed on the wick.

2. The wick-holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the heat-conductive element comprises a first portion made substantially of a first material and a second portion made substantially of a second material.

3. The wick-holder assembly of claim 2, wherein the first material and second material comprise materials of different thermal expansion coefficients.

4. The wick-holder assembly of claim 3, wherein the first material and second material comprise at least one of a metal, a ceramic, and a polyester.

5. The wick-holder assembly of claim 4, wherein the metal comprises at least one of aluminum, steel, nickel, magnesium, copper, iron, silver, zinc, tin, and titanium.

6. The wick-holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the heat-conductive element moves directly radially toward or away from the wick-retention member.

7. The wick-holder assembly of claim 1, wherein the base portion further comprises at least one of a leg and a capillary rib extending therefrom.

8. The wick-holder assembly of claim 7, wherein at least one of the wick-retention member, the base portion, the heat-conductive element, the leg, and the capillary rib is configured to regulate via thermal expansion at least one of thermal transfer from a flame disposed on the wick to the wick-holder assembly, a dimension of a capillary space disposed between the wick-holder assembly and a support surface holding the wick-holder assembly, movement of air surrounding the wick, and engagement of the wick-holder assembly to the support surface.

9. The wick-holder assembly of claim 8, wherein the dimension of the capillary space comprises at least one of a length, a width, and a height, and wherein at least one of the length, the width, and the height increases in response to heat generated from the flame disposed on the wick thereby restricting flow rate of a liquid fuel charge disposed in the capillary space.

10. A wick-holder assembly, comprising:
a wick-retention member for retaining a wick in an operative position extending upward from a base portion;
a heat-conductive element extending upward from the base portion, the heat-conductive element comprising at least two materials having different thermal expansion coefficients; and
a leg extending from the base portion;
wherein the base portion is substantially stationary relative to the wick-retention member.

11. The wick-holder assembly of claim 10, wherein the first portion and the second portion comprise at least one of a geometry and a composition that responds to heat generated from a flame disposed on the wick, wherein at least one of the first portion and the second portion moves toward or away from the wick-retention member.

12. The wick-holder assembly of claim 10, wherein the leg comprises at least one of a geometry and a composition that is configured to engage a support surface in response to heat generated from a flame disposed on the wick.

13. The wick-holder assembly of claim 10, wherein the wick-holder assembly comprises a plurality of at least one of the wick-retention member, the heat-conductive element, and the leg.

14. A wick-holder assembly, comprising:
a wick-retention member;
a heat-conductive element comprising at least two materials comprising different thermal expansion coefficients; and
a substantially stationary base portion relative to the wick-retention member extending from the wick-retention member to the heat conductive element.

15. The wick-holder assembly of claim 14, wherein the heat-conductive element is configured to move in response to a flame disposed on the wick.

16. The wick-holder assembly of claim 14, wherein at least one of the wick-retention member, the at least two materials, and the base portion comprises at least one of a metal, a ceramic, and a polyester.

17 The wick-holder assembly of claim 16, wherein the at least two materials comprise copper and aluminum, polyester and aluminum, and plated ceramic.

18. The wick-holder assembly of claim 14, wherein the base portion further comprises at least one of a leg and a capillary rib extending therefrom.

19. The wick-holder assembly of claim 18, wherein at least one of the wick-retention member, the base portion, the heat-conductive element, the leg, and the capillary rib is configured to regulate via thermal expansion at least one of thermal transfer from a flame disposed on the wick to the wick-holder assembly, a dimension of a capillary space disposed between the wick-holder assembly and a support surface holding the wick-holder assembly, movement of air surrounding the wick, and engagement of the wick-holder assembly to the support surface.

20. The wick-holder assembly of claim 19, wherein the dimension of the capillary space comprises at least one of a length, a width, and a height, and wherein at least one of the length, the width, and the height increases in response to heat generated from the flame disposed on the wick thereby restricting flow rate of a liquid fuel charge disposed in the capillary space.