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Old 02-09-2016, 19:46   #46
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So can anyone recommend a modern quality oil lamp for backup in the event all of your power was compromised?

The problem with candles in a hot tropical environment is they tend to transform into something unrecognizable...

Just sayin'


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LED lamps. Anything with fire is for ambiance these days not real light.
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Since you will be trying different oils, how about adding coconut oil to the list?

It will evoke a more tropical atmosphere to the cabin.
If any of you really get into veggie de-light, I suggest mixing some rosemary oleoresin into your lamp oil to retard spoiling. You can certainly burn rancid /stale oil but the smell won't be pleasant.

I would add lavender oil, but if you want the smell of old Mexico add a 50/50 blend lavender and rose EO. Smells just like everything paper or soap in Mexco.
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LED lamps. Anything with fire is for ambiance these days not real light.
Good point, I'll drink to that!


So can anyone recommend a good modern oil lamp for ambiance?



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I would add lavender oil, but if you want the smell of old Mexico add a 50/50 blend lavender and rose EO.
Not so! For the REAL smell of old Mexico, add equal quantities of ground Comino and Chipotle chile... and prepare to salivate!

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I cook with olive oil, every day. I don't use it in a lamp.

Speculating is what most do in threads like this. It is part of a friendly discussion of a topic.

Have you tested olive oil against other oils in a lamp to see how it burns compared to other oils?
Unfortunately speculating is what is done a lot on this forum. It adds nothing. If you had tried it and had some facts to add, then it would be very useful as many people here have done. Based on some facts presented here, I might give it a try on my boat...in Mexico, where I am cruising. But I suppose someone could do it at home if they do not have a boat.
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Not so! For the REAL smell of old Mexico, add equal quantities of ground Comino and Chipotle chile... and prepare to salivate!

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Come on Jim, have you actually tried that in an oil lamp while at sea in a typhoon or are you only speculating
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Growing up on a gillnetter meant pulling an endless supply of ratfish out of the lead line. The livers make the best clock and gun oil ever. Never tried it it a lamp but I hear it works in the older less tech diesels. Dog fish livers were still being bought by govt for vitimin content but artificial took over cheaper. First nations sold 100s of 1000s of gallons of dogfish and basking shark oil to logging companies to lubricate the skid roads. Caterpiller put the kibosh to that one. Till the late '60s Engish margarine was whale oil as was Rolls Royce auto transmission oil. Trimming your wick is still a useful skill though.
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If any of you really get into veggie de-light, I suggest mixing some rosemary oleoresin into your lamp oil to retard spoiling. You can certainly burn rancid /stale oil but the smell won't be pleasant.

I would add lavender oil, but if you want the smell of old Mexico add a 50/50 blend lavender and rose EO. Smells just like everything paper or soap in Mexco.
Again, according to the lamp forum I found rancid olive oil actually burns better. My guess, and keep in mind I have never knowingly used an oil lamp, is that the extra oxygen from the oil being rancid helps it burn better.

But I know absolutely zero, and I didn't look deep enough to make sure the poster I am cribbing from isn't the lamp forum equivilant of Brent Swain.
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Good point, I'll drink to that!


So can anyone recommend a good modern oil lamp for ambiance?



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We have one of these Weems and Plath oil lamps, over $200 at West Marine, haven't used it since we sold our Hunter which required the use at anchages prior to the existence of low cost LED lanterns. We needed them for heat and light. We also had four smaller lanterns by Weems and Plath. We've since switched over to LED.
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Again, according to the lamp forum I found rancid olive oil actually burns better. My guess, and keep in mind I have never knowingly used an oil lamp, is that the extra oxygen from the oil being rancid helps it burn better.

But I know absolutely zero, and I didn't look deep enough to make sure the poster I am cribbing from isn't the lamp forum equivilant of Brent Swain.
Your speculations may be criticized by some anti-speculators, but I suspect some speculating is useful to those with a more open mind considering things.
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Growing up on a gillnetter meant pulling an endless supply of ratfish out of the lead line. The livers make the best clock and gun oil ever. Never tried it it a lamp but I hear it works in the older less tech diesels. Dog fish livers were still being bought by govt for vitimin content but artificial took over cheaper. First nations sold 100s of 1000s of gallons of dogfish and basking shark oil to logging companies to lubricate the skid roads. Caterpiller put the kibosh to that one. Till the late '60s Engish margarine was whale oil as was Rolls Royce auto transmission oil. Trimming your wick is still a useful skill though.
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Re: Olive Oil For Hurricane Lamps

This is a really interesting thread--now I want to get a hurricane lamp to try this out with olive oil.
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Come on Jim, have you actually tried that in an oil lamp while at sea in a typhoon or are you only speculating
No, never in a lamp, but heaps of times in a fry pan! And never in more than F7...

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No, never in a lamp, but heaps of times in a fry pan! And never in more than F7...

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I don't recall why I did it but I once hit a hot and dry frying pan with Tabasco sauce.

I do recall the result...a cabin full of tabasco aerosol.. not good....
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