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I have lamps from my grandmother that use kerosene and newer ones from the 70 and 80's. Can i use kerosene in those , also, or should i stick with the bottles of lamp oil available at the hardware store,etc.
 

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Paint thinner is mineral SPIRITS. Sailors use "oderless mineral spirits" in their oil lamps for less smoke and smell in the cabin. I use it for fire starter burning pellets in my fireplace. It doesn't flare up when you light it. It starts very slowly.
This gallon I have was $14.00 at ACE hardware. It's $12.50 at Walmart. Walmart also has
Paint Thinner for $8.00 gallon. The fine print says "made from mineral spirits". I suspect it wouldn't be odorless. ( this is central AR)
You might also try liquid paraffin. I don't know about it's characteristics & it seems to cost a bit more,
 

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I'd fill the lamps with lamp oil for occasional use because it would be less of a fire hazard.
For long term use I'd use kerosene and buy a stove and/or heater so it could be used for
more than one purpose. I'd also stock up on wicks and chimneys.
 

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Thank you !! in the house i bought in Pa I found a case of assorted lamp Chimneys and 5 old railroad lanterns with the globes intact . I also have two duel fuel coleman lanterns with spare globes and mantles . What do I use in the RR Lanterns{only used IF no Alternative].
 

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kerosene

use kerosene, where i live i buy bulk kerosene at about 3.00 a gallon i use it in my aladdans and my kerosene refer no smell until you shut them down.JT
 

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I liked the fact that I got the case of chimneys.I also Found a 2 man crosscut saw in the garage rafters. thanks to all for the info.
 

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Thank you !! in the house i bought in Pa I found a case of assorted lamp Chimneys and 5 old railroad lanterns with the globes intact . I also have two duel fuel coleman lanterns with spare globes and mantles . What do I use in the RR Lanterns{only used IF no Alternative].
GOOD FIND!! I would see if they are worth anything. Might get a good chunk of change out of them to buy something else you may need.
 

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I use Kerosene in my lamps.
The lamp oil is colored and has an odor reducer/sent/mask in it, some is colorless
and has odor reducing additives in it, but it's basically Kerosene being marketed
under another name (in my parts)... Liquid Paraffin comes to mind.

As another member has already pointed out, the Kerosene is odorless until extinguished,
and I can't imagine the Kerosene being any more hazardous than any lamp oils.

On a side note; I have been experimenting with burning used cooking oils in an old lamp
with less than desirable results... Excessive Suit, Caking, etc... have to preheat it...
It cakes up inside of the wick and leaves a crust of suit on top of the wick.
Any ideas on using old cooking oil, left-over greases from cooking in a lamp?
Additives that might mix and stay mixed with the oils?

I would get away from the Kerosene if I had such an alternative, but for now Kerosene
is the most economical lamp fuel that I have found...
 

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The old railroad lanterns are just rugidized oil lanterns, they use the same fuel as all the rest of the oil lanterns we are talking about. Of course you don't want to use any smokey stuff because that glass is hard to clean.

I say hold on to the lanterns and the cross cut saw and any other old school tool you find, they may come in very handy soon. If you do decided to sell let me know, I have an interest in the saw. F.G.
 

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I have been saving old tools for a long time .I have alo been collecting old plumbers tools. i found a tool that is used to pack oakem at soil pipe connections and then i believe it is saeled with lead. also in with the RR lamps some old kites from 1928 a telescope a complete set of china ,a cedar chest in the attic 30 in x30 in and 48 in long .I,m just pokin around .
 

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mineral spirits (paint thinner will burn in a lamp, mineral oil will not burn unless you atomize it first. Argued with 3 Chinese engineers in a shipyard about it once, they said my having an open bucket of mineral oil was a fire hazard. I took an acetylene torch from one of the welders and pointed the flame at the surface of the oil, they took off running. All the oil did was smoke after a while. Thats why we use it in hydraulic systems on drilling rigs.
 

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I have been using lamp oil in my lamps and I have an old RR lanter. They are worth about $100 to $450 depending on the make and the color of the glass. I have a Dietz with a clear lens valued at around $125.00

I may try the mineral spirits sugesstion even though Kero is cheap at around $ 4.00 a gallon in Pa. just don't care for the smell. Good info in this thread.:thumb:
 

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I have been using lamp oil in my lamps and I have an old RR lanter. They are worth about $100 to $450 depending on the make and the color of the glass. I have a Dietz with a clear lens valued at around $125.00

I may try the mineral spirits sugesstion even though Kero is cheap at around $ 4.00 a gallon in Pa. just don't care for the smell. Good info in this thread.:thumb:
if you would go to lanternnet.com and check their FAQ's they state not to use mineral spirits in any lamp and they state an example. it has something to do with the flash point, like a runaway fire. Kerosene is best but the lamp oils work if your lamps have less than (i think) a 1/2" wick.
 

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To cut down or eliminate the smell when burning Kerosene add to the kerosene in your lamp..1 teaspoon of plain rubbing alcohol and 4 drops of (your choice) organic sented oil.. I like peppermint. I was amazed at how much it cut the smell.
 
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