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Old 23-10-2010, 22:17   #1
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Availability of Lamp Oil in Third World Countries

Hi there, I'm looking for info on the availability of lamp oil outside the US.
I have tried Kerosene for cabin lamps and am not impressed. I'm wondering about more pleasant smelling alternatives and or if lamp oil is more widely available than I think?

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Old 23-10-2010, 23:08   #2
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You can buy kerosene everywhere. Old style hurricane lamps are very common. If you can smell the kerosene then the wick is too high.
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My wife p/u some kerosene perfume at the store, comes in all sorts of scents. Our favorite is the Vanilla.
When I get to the boat, I'll get a brand name. If I remember right, it takes about 1 ounce per gallon of kerosene.
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or if lamp oil is more widely available than I think?

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It is not widely available outside the USA. We were trying to buy it in Europe a few years ago and found it difficult or impossible. The Pacific, asia etc, I think you can rule it out absolutely.
For all these things that sound simple at home (in civilization) they may be great fun on your boat, but you are very right to question them before a world cruise.

If Propane gas, petrol and diesel can be a pain to obtain for one reason or another (illegal for foreigners to buy diesel in a number of countries!) then why add to the hassle with things that are just not essential.

If you are on a 'classic' boat and only use lamps then you may well need to buy a tempory light source for the cabin for when you run out of lamp oil.

That being said.... can't coconut oil be used? Now that would smell great!!!!! Don't know the light quality? And the real stuff was quite expensive in tonga $5 for 1 pint (500 mils) in a used water bottle Love it wonderful for the skin.
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Come to think of it the only place I ever spotted lamp oil in the Pacific was at West Marine in Honolulu. Kerosene was in every hardware store I went to.
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Lamp oil is readily available in the Middle East but watch out for the side-effects - Genies tend to appear at unexpected times.
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Re Third world country:

I had to send one to the Wombat as he could not get them in Australia........
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Thanks for all the info... Looks like I'll just put in a 5-10 gal gravity fed lamp oil/ Kerosene (better get used to it and not turn the wick up so high) tank with a tap for filling lamps and fill up as much as I can, when I can. I have solar powered LED lamps around the boat, but the glow of the Oil lamps is so much better.
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Look around for clear 1-K (not K-1) kerosene. It's pricey, but it burns the best and smells the least.

Find a Klean-Strip 1-Gallon 1-K Kerosene Cleaners, Thinners & from The Home Depot
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The MAIN reason kero lamps smell is because the wicks are not trimmed correctly. I have used them extensively for the last 25 years and love them. I also use a kerosene stove. Hated it at first, but now that I know how to use it I LOVE it!

So much of this "old world" stuff is great, but a lot of the knowledge of how to use them has been lost. so many times it doesn't seem to work all that well.

You can also use mineral spirits in your lamps. I know that some people add NO MORE than 5% rubbing alcohol to promote cleaner burning of kero. I have tried that and it seems to work.

Attached is a simple drawing of how you should trim your wicks. When trimming to this profile you will be able to turn your lamps up bright without them smoking....which gives off the unpleasant aroma.
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On a similar note, who knows of inexpensive sources for oil lamps? I've found one, but they do not have traditional cabin lamps with gimbals. Buying from Port Supply at $130+/ea is out of the question.

I presently have 6 "miner's lamps", but they are definitely ambient light producers. It takes four to match the output of one of the regular cabin lamps. They are almost windproof though and stay lit on deck in up to about 20kts. I also have one of the small DHR anchor lamps and it works brilliantly - never goes out and is visible for mile. Got it on ebay for $16...

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We have three of theseFastnet Gimballed Lamp UK and buy online at Nauticalia - nautical gifts, ship and boating equipment UK aboard. They have survived ocean crossings, storms and flying cushions over the past 10 years. I really recommend them, at 50 each they do seem a bit pricey but think of the lifetime cost....

We have found kerosene in Central America to be of an excellent quality, probably better than the stuff in Europe. paying the equivalent of just under 4 a gallon at the moment.

There is a chap in the south of England, Southampton, called John Gardiner, who used to deal in secondhand and refurbished taylors kerosene stoves. I am sorry but I can't find his contact details. maybe try the forums at www.ybw.com? We bought a refurbished stove for our daughters boat and he provided excellent service. We were extremely pleased with the stove too!
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wherever there is a walmart there is liquid paraffin. they have in blue and clear colorless, and they have it for less than 5 dollars per quart. so--go to walmart world wide and find it. is in the lighting section, of all places.
is called ULTRA PURE

LOL...i use it all the time. why go to worst and pay 100 dollars or whatever it is for hollowick 2 1/2 gallons which is SAME STUFF as ultra pure but a whole lot pricier.... and weems and plath lamp oil is 10 dollars per quart--very high.
have fun and goood shopping...
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