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Old 16-06-2011, 07:23   #1
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Oil lamp oil?

As I get older I sometimes confuse my dreams with what I have read. Case and point. I thought I read form someone on the forum that you can burn mineral spirts in oil lamps instead of or in addition to mineral oil for a cleaner burn? Is that possible? Has anyone heard of this? Or was it just a dream?
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Old 16-06-2011, 07:36   #2
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fishsail18,

This highly refined liquid paraffin lamp fuel is virtually odorless and smokeless when used as directed. The cleanest burning lamp fuel you can buy; it eliminates sooty build-up commonly associated with kerosene fuel. It is also very safe, with a flash point over 200F, and is not considered a hazardous material by most shipping agents.

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Re: Oil lamp oil?

Dont burn kero or heating oil, at best you will get a headache and it might just send you to sleep for good
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use liquid parrafin--is best and doesnt stink.
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

Fishsail,

The best that we have found is charcoal lighter fluid. It is highly refined and burns clean with no smell. Get it in a plastic squeeze bottle and it is easy to fill the lamp.
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

Great advise, thanks all.
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Old 16-06-2011, 09:28   #7
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

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Dont burn kero or heating oil, at best you will get a headache and it might just send you to sleep for good
DANG!

And here I've been burning kero in on board lamps for 35 years... I guess I just didn't notice that I was dead, or that I got headaches or even that the lamps stunk.

This sort of unsupported advice is what I don't like about the internet as a source of info.

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Re: Oil lamp oil?

LOL, And all this time you have been blaming yur headaches on hangovers.
so unfair.
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

I get my lamp oil by the case at Lehman.com, a nonelectric supplier. I prefer Alladins oil (parafin) and use it on the boat and in the house in the winter. I'm curious if anyone uses Alladin lamps on their boat. I've been cautious not to because of the intense heat they emit. Am I just being paranoid? I've stuck to the smaller trawler style lamps on the boat.
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

Oh my... here we go again

Lamp oil is called lamp oil worldwide. However, in the USA they also call this kerosine (yes yes, same product) while in many other countries, like the UK, they call this paraffin (yes yes, same product)

The problem is that paraffin in the USA is a different product.

So... let's keep this simple and call it lamp oil !

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Oh my... here we go again

Lamp oil is called lamp oil worldwide. However, in the USA they also call this kerosine (yes yes, same product) while in many other countries, like the UK, they call this paraffin (yes yes, same product)

The problem is that paraffin in the USA is a different product.

So... let's keep this simple and call it lamp oil !

ciao!
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liquid parrafin in usa is a lot better refined than i s kerosene, even k-1 kerosene. it is not the same--i know when i burn kero i have headaches and can smell the crap burning--i have asthma and other sensitivities due to reynauds disease and there IS difference.
lamp oil is kerosene. NOT liquid parrafin. i cannot use LAMP OIL. i CAN use liquid parrafin. there IS a large difference in being able to use and not being able to use a product.
heating oil is also kerosene. not even k-1 kerosene..jim--you donthave the sensitivities to be able to need to differentiate --isnt a bad thing-- there are folks who DO have these sensitivities, just as there are folks unable to ingest aspirin and other meds. same difference-- so-- donot say one is the other when they are NOT the same. please. and NO--is NOT internet caused this...
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The oil mentioned above and sold by defender is brighter ,doesn't smell and has a high wax content with no smoke . Might even be able to drink it in a pinch.
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fishsail18,

This highly refined liquid paraffin lamp fuel is virtually odorless and smokeless when used as directed. The cleanest burning lamp fuel you can buy; it eliminates sooty build-up commonly associated with kerosene fuel. It is also very safe, with a flash point over 200F, and is not considered a hazardous material by most shipping agents.

Liquid Paraffin Lamp Fuel
Agreed! This stuff is both odorless and smokeless, which in my book, makes it the way to go.

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Dont burn kero or heating oil, at best you will get a headache and it might just send you to sleep for good
I would make an exception here in that if you have an oil lamp on deck, outside, or if you need to use oil lamps as anchor lights or nav lights (hey, it could happen if you had a complete electrical failure), you could use kerosene in a well-made lamp.

But I agree...not inside. Kerosene is quite stinky and sooty. Go with paraffin, and the clear stuff, at that.
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Re: Oil lamp oil?

Liquid Parafin, also called lamp oil is different than kerosene or mineral spirits. Lamp oil has a higher temp at which it turns to a gas and higher ignition temp. In flat wick lamps, almost anything will burn satisafactorily. In my Den Hann round wick trawler lamp, have to burn lamp oil, however. Mineral spirits vaporize at too low a temp which makes holding a set flame level impossible and causes flare ups. If you haven't seen one of these lamps flare up, you are in for a treat, black soot everywhere. Complained to the distributor and they told me I had to use lamp oil because of the vaporization issue. Voila, no problems since I switched to lamp oil. Still burn paint thinner/mineral spirits in everything where you'd use kerosene.

FWIW, liquid parafin has a fairly high temp at which it begins to solidify. Apparently doesn't work below 40 degrees F or so ambient temperature without warming the fuel reservoir.
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