Kerosene lamps should only be operated with kerosene or lamp oil,

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Kerosene lamps should only be operated with kerosene or lamp oil,

Post by jancancook on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:26 am

Kerosene lamps should only be operated with kerosene or lamp oil, but alternative fuels may be used in an emergency.

Whale oil burns incredibly bright, and was once the standard for use in illumination, but is rarely found, today, due to whaling regulations in most of the world.

Diesel fuel and home heating oil has a flash point greater than 200F, and will not burn properly in conventional wick lamps/lanterns. Most diesel fuels have a fairly high sulfur content and contain fuel additives that produce toxic by-products if burned in a lamp. They also produce more soot than kerosene.

Jet A is safe to use, as it is essentially kerosene with a few harmless additives. It burns well in wick lamps.

One can even use lubricating oil, though not the sort found in aerosol cans. Because of the additives, use outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

Olive oil, canola oil, and other vegetable oils can be used in lamps designed for their use, but will not burn in conventional wick lamps or lanterns.[citation needed]

Charcoal lighter fluid is usually suitable for wick lamps/lanterns; most brands are kerosene. Be certain, however, to use only the type intended for starting charcoal briquettes. The lighter fluid intended for cigarette lighters is naphtha, which is highly volatile and has a low flash point, making it dangerous to use in a wick lamp.

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