white spirit and lamp oil

Want to get a small paraffin lamp going. Is the lamp oil you can buy marketed for lamps simply like white spirit or turpentine you buy in hardware stores? It seems more expensive, but is it any different? Thanks.
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On 12/08/2012 21:59, john stone wrote:

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no, its deodorised paraffin
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Real olive oil also works as a lamp oil, whereas some of the fake olive oils won't. (It's one of the tests for fake olive oils.) Probably won't work as well as real lamp oil though.
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On Sun, 12 Aug 2012 21:59:23 +0100, "john stone"
I'll say it's different. If you light lamp oil, it sucks all the light out of the room, so that you can't see a bleedin' thing.
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Yes, use lamp oil. Avoid boutiques and the price isn't too bad. Using various other paraffin or kerosene grades will be dim, sooty and smelly.
If you want useful light from it, get a lamp like an old Aladdin that uses an incandescent mantle. Lamp: 5+ any car boot Lamp with glass chimney: 10+, better car boots New glass chimney: 20 New mantle 5-10, old-school hardware shops or eBay
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Andy Dingley wrote:

Onceuponatime maybe Ebay has had an big impact on both price and availability of things like that at car boot sales. But i agree if you are going to use an oil lamp, Aladdin is the one to have.
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On 13/08/2012 00:35, Mark wrote:

Aladdin for looks, Coleman for performance?
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newshound wrote:

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Aladdin for silence. When correctly trimmed, they give off about the same light as a 100 watt incandescent and about a kilowatt of heat, but are totally silent. All the Coleman ones I've seen have hissed.
Silence, light and heat makes them good as standby for long power cuts. The only habit with them that can cause problems is if you leave them unused for long periods with oil in them, as it migrates up the wick and spreads all over the lamp and its surroundings.
Incidentally, if you can find an Aladdin lamp in reasonable condition with the original blue flame burner, even without a mantle they're approaching fifty quid in shops. Mantles are rapidly approaching fifteen quid each. If you've got a white bakelite one, they're worth more, as they're collectable on account of being only slightly more common than hens' teeth.
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On 14/08/2012 18:44, John Williamson wrote:

True, the Coleman is a pressure system (like a proper blowlamp, although they run on white spirit or petrol, which sounds a bit alarming).
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They run on white gasoline, aka Coleman fuel. They're a bit temperamental on pump petrol.
If you want a Coleman (i.e. a pressure burner), get a Tilley. Bigger, brighter and more solidly made. Less fussy about fuel too.
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wrote:

White gas, surely? (Naphtha.) Or maybe white gasoline?
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You're a lot better off with a decent modern rechargeable camping LED lantern with eneloop NiMHs now.

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