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Thread: Paraffin lamps and heaters

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    You could test it outside and leave it to get hot rather than burn down your gaff
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    It's mainly the smell/fumes I want to test in a confined space but I was going to light it outside then bring it in if it looks friendly enough.
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    Has the great firing of the lamp begun? or is there just a great fire ?
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    Originally Posted by NomadicRT
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    Has the great firing of the lamp begun? or is there just a great fire ?
    So far so good it's been running for 5 hours now with no problems,no smoke a very slight smell but hardly noticeable,at 57p a litre I couldn't be happier
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    Does it smell of icecream vans?....Used to love that smell,it would make a great room freshener
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    I've been reading about other uses for surgical spirit,de-icer, degreaser, first aid handy if I go over and graze a knee I'm going to buy a couple more containers to keep in stock.
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    Yes its sterile uses are legendary.It stings a lot but better than getting infected wounds.
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    Originally Posted by NomadicRT
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    Does it smell of icecream vans?....Used to love that smell,it would make a great room freshener
    I think if I'm honest I should have cleaned the dust/gunk off the glass then it probably won't smell of anything,it seems surgical spirit should be the perfect cleaner for the glass chimney..
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    It's been running for 18 odd hours now constantly I've survived the night no headache or itchy eyes, I'm going to leave it running to it runs out of fuel so I will know what sort of burn time I can expect from the lamp with just shy of a litre of the mix
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    The lamp burnt for 72 hours continuously but the end of the wick gummed up so I'm guessing that it needs more spirit, the new mix is 40ml per litre I'll see how this performs but I think it will sort it out.
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    Good result then
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    better than the fridge experiments... although you could try the mix on that
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    Originally Posted by NomadicRT
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    Good result then
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    better than the fridge experiments... although you could try the mix on that
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    That had crossed my mind I thought I'd filter the old oil through a cloth or something then add some spirit.
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    Hi guys. What type of lamps are you using? Perhaps post a link so I can have a look please?



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    Originally Posted by Steev
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    Hi guys. What type of lamps are you using? Perhaps post a link so I can have a look please?
    Hello, I've got a couple of old brass Victorian jobs the one I'm using for the test is 1" single wick but I've got a double wick that I keep for special occasions.
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    Bit of a setback with the mix, I'm trying it in the heater and it went out when I looked at it the mix has attacked and dissolved the plastic fuel indicator rods in the tank, might just have got unlucky with unsuitable 70's plastic but the new mix could now have too much surgical spirit in it.
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    Unlucky..a lot of the older heaters had metal tanks and copper float indicators.You might need a different mix for lamps and heaters will run on normal kerosene anyway.
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    Whats the advantage in burning surgical spirit? it only has a fraction of the heat value of paraffin. the trick is finding somewhere to buy paraffin at the right price. Red diesel will gum up your wick.

    White spirit is kerosene, which is paraffin. Last time I looked B+M were cheapest
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    The spirit thins the diesel so it doesn't clog the wick.
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    Originally Posted by Offgrid hero
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    The spirit thins the diesel so it doesn't clog the wick.
    How much is it costing though? Rye Oil among others deliver parraffin in bulk, don't know about the cost though


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    Originally Posted by Bernie
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    How much is it costing though? Rye Oil among others deliver parraffin in bulk, don't know about the cost though


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    57p per litre all in, but the diesel is something I've always got a stock of and can replace easily.
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    I bought a paraffin heater for the house but no longer use it cos of the smell / fumes! It made me feel ill!
    So I bought a portable butane gas heater which is much better!

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    Was that a modern paraffin heater ?
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    A 'blue flame' domestic paraffin heater with a properly adjusted wick shouldn't smell or make fumes although it might cause condensation but a gas heater does too.
    The cheaper 'yellow flame' greenhouse heaters will produce fumes and shouldn't be used in dwellings.
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