Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 20-10-2007, 19:38   #1
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Question Inexpensive / clean lamp oil

Trying to come up with a cheap way to keep the lamps stocked up. I like them more than the electrical units, but it seems pretty damn expensive. Anyone have the magic cure for this? Apparently I'm supposed to used liquid parrafin, which is clean burning and safer (safer than gasoline or propane I guess). I like them in the winter as well, because a lamp or two will take the place of a heater in slightly chilly temperatures.

I can get 5 gallons for $110 including shipping from here ( Clear 2.5 Gal ), coming out to $5.50 / quart, which is cheaper than the $8 / quart that I find elsewhere.

Any other ideas?
__________________

__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2007, 05:13   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
GordMay's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario - 48-29N x 89-20W
Boat: (Cruiser Living On Dirt)
Posts: 31,582
Images: 240
Methyl Hydrate (CH3OH, methyl alcohol, methanol, or wood alcohol) is colourless and smokeless when burned, and can be used as a fuel for marine un-pressuirzed alcohol stoves.
Methyl Hydrate is available in your local hardware store, sold as gas line antifreeze, fuel for camp stoves, and as a solvent for shellac.
__________________

__________________
Gord May
"If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time/$ to fix it?"



GordMay is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2007, 06:14   #3
Registered User
 
Fishspearit's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: FL
Posts: 576
We always used mineral spirits, cheap and clean. Available at wal-mart or any hardware store. You can usually find cheap lamp oils for a few bucks a gallon as well. Mineral spirits has a few other uses aboard a boat to make carrying it around worthwhile.
__________________
Fishspearit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2007, 08:04   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
rebel heart's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 6,190
Images: 3
Perfect! I knew (or heard) you could use kerosene, but I also heard that it was a bit on the dirty side. I'll poke aorund for the wood alcohol the next time I'm in a hardware store, and I the cost of mineral spirits certainly is more in line with my price range. Product Information Error Page

$10.50 / gallon, or $2.62 / quart, is 32% the cost of the retail parrafin liquid that WM sells. Thanks guys!
__________________
rebel heart is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
oil lamp

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Do You Clean Your Fuel Tank? seafox Engines and Propulsion Systems 73 21-07-2009 18:42
Source for Inexpensive Potable Water Tanks ssullivan Construction, Maintenance & Refit 13 06-09-2007 03:43
Inexpensive Comfort Fot Dockside Living ssullivan Liveaboard's Forum 26 30-05-2006 05:54
Need to clean your dingy? Jentine Construction, Maintenance & Refit 1 08-11-2005 04:03



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:49.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.