Well, I took the advice to use liquid wrench to clean out the dried up oil. I have several zoom spout oilers and one wasn't labeled, but it didnt' smell like oil, so since all I had ever filled them with was oil or liquid wrench, I used that.
But then I thought, I'll never get oil in now because the space is filled with that other liquid.
So I just ran the fan that night and it worked fine, that night and the next.
After two days it would barely turn -- if I pushed it with my finger, it stopped immediately -- so I got REAL liquid wrench, not 15 years old, and put some of that in the bearings. .
I sleep with my shoulder about 12 to 18" from the fan. At 3 in the morning, I felt a warm spot on my shoulder blade. I turned around quickly and the flames were about an inch high. I reached for the electric switch but before I got to the switch, the flame went out.
I think the flame must have been 3 inches high to cause the warmth on my shoulder.
Now the fan does nothing when I turn the switch on. I have three choices what to do next., but they will go in my next post.
Now, you may all laugh at me.