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    Hurricane lamps work brilliantly indoors and are very cheap to run but you have to keep the wick turned down, and trimmed to the right level otherwise they smoke and with the wick turned up too high you are wasting fuel and producing less light, just smoke.

    Years ago every house had oil lamps, they create a lovely ambience, I use mine all the time. I also have a primus stove and an Alladdin heater

    Wicks, glasses and spares for everything to do with paraffin lamps and stoves from a company called Base Camp


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    Last edited by Bernie; 05-07--2017 at 10:54 PM.
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    I used to have parrafin lamos but its too hard to source paraffin nowdays

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    I'm going to have a go at making my own diesel/alcohol mix and test it this winter.
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    I just got a paraffin lamp off a skip! Now I need some oil to put in it, might try that diesel alcohol mix.

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    It's also supposed to burn hotter so it could make a smaller heater/lamp more viable.
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    Originally Posted by Elvis loved burg
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    I used to have parrafin lamos but its too hard to source paraffin nowdays
    You can buy it on amazon or direct here -which is what i buy
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    The latest edition to casa off-grid

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    I almost can't wait for winter,room on top for a kettle
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    Brilliant...OGH ...Theyre good heaters i had two of them and you can get the parts for them easy.
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    I've boiled my first kettle full of rainwater for a brew on top of the heater,it boiled faster than I expected,I like
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    I used to keepa huge camping kettle on top of mine and kept me in hot water all day in winter.
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    I got this off a skip! Where's the best place to get the paraffin from?
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    If you can't buy paraffin​ online I'm not sure which diy chain is cheapest maybe an independent ironmongers local to you?.
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    Now I'm thinking about it, farm shop, doh!

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    Originally Posted by vanwoman84
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    I got this off a skip! Where's the best place to get the paraffin from?
    Cheapest paraffin supplier is Rye oils in Rye harbour,they deliver nationally but you might be able to collect from.their depot since youre near, if you give them a ring

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    Otherwise its hunt round for an old style hardware shop or pay through the nose at a DIY store.
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    There's an old paraffin iron on eBay I've never ironed anything in my life but still it could be useful as a very dangerous bed warmer,I think I will bid on it.
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    Anybody know if surgical spirit is the same as rubbing alcohol? I've had a look in my local agricultural suppliers and they only sell surgical spirit but no mention on the label of what % alcohol it is, I'm thinking in order to be labelled surgical spirit it has to be a high percentage alcohol?.
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    It's mostly 90-odd percent meths, or ethanol, over here I think, with a few medical ingredients as well.. The US have a formulation called 'rubbing alcohol' which is mostly isopropyl alcohol, and a dose of wintergreen tossed in, hence the 'rubbing alcohol' label.
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    Surgical spirit should be almost pure alcohol. I use it for athletes foot and cleaning cuts ect. Stings like evil fck but does the job. Not for the faint hearted.
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    95%Industrial Methylated Spirit/isopropyl alcohol

    Methyl Salicylate


    Castor Oil,
    Diethyl Phthalate.

    They used to give it out to diabetics to keep reusesble syringes in before they swapped everyone to disposables.I loved getting high on it as a child when.my mother wasnt looking....as well as airfix glue evostick and that varnish you used to paint on model planes made of paper and it made the paper hard.....wicked stuff.
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