oil lamp test run.

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  1. Feb 14, 2019 #61

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    OMG!!! I got me a great find for $10.00 today..
     
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    That looks like a well spent $10.
     
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    Im thinking it is..even if i never fill it and use it.it's still worth the buy to me.
     
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    I wonder if this would burn in an oil lamp? $17.99 a gallon
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    That is a good deal on those wicks. That is much wick for the money than what I can get at my Ace Hardware.

    I have made an alcohol stove from a soda can. It did not burn well. It may be that it needed something that I missed or that I didn't do something right. I would not want that as my only stove in an emergency situation.

    Tuna cans--back when I ate tuna, before Fukishima, I saved up all that I had and cut corrugated cardboard strips as wide as the depth of the can. I rolled up the cardboard strips with a wick in the middle. I put the rolls into the tuna cans and filled up the cans with wax. I have a bunch of these, and I have never tested one.

    That is a very cool lantern. The story about how they were used is equally as cool. What I wonder is why they were illegal? And were you living in Alaska before it became a state? I have no idea how old you are. I remember being in second grade, hearing about Alaska and Hawaii becoming states.
     
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    Fish traps were made illegal because they are so efficient.

    I moved to Alaska in 1950, stayed more than long enough to become a resident, and left in 1951. I have no memory of that time. Alaska became a State in July 1959. I moved back to Alaska permanently later that same year. I have vivid memories of that move. I'm older than you, respect your elders.
     
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    Isopropyl Alcohol will burn in oil lamps but it doesn't produce any light unless you use it in an Aladdin lamp or other mantel type lamp. Alcohol produces a very blue flame with a mostly transparent look.
     
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    Can be used as a heat source.
     
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    Yes, alcohol produces a fair amount of heat but in the burning process it also generates a lot of moisture. An open flame in an area can raise the humidity to the point that cooling takes place making it more difficult to heat a given area. Alcohol stoves and heaters should be vented outside the area being heated to be more efficient. The amount of carbon-dioxide and carbon-monoxide is less than with oil or natural gas but they are still there adding another reason to vent outside.
     
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    When you burn any carbon based fuel oil, kerosene, etc. you get about 85% water vapour. That is why you see steam coming out of your tailpipe or chimney in cold weather. Next you get CO2 approaching 15% depending on the quality of combustion. Impurities, such as sulphur will add in SO2 which combines with the water to form a mild sulphuric acid. Some nitrogen can burn etc. Incomplete combustion produces CO and the worse the combustion the more CO and less CO2.
     
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    I got a couple of lamps out yesterday and cleaned them up, filled them with oil and lit them just to see how they worked. Worked well and I'm going to give a couple to my kids.
    I bought several cheap lanterns on Craigslist just to have.
     
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    I had a Revelation mantel lantern. It would burn about anything. I used Coleman fuel and gasoline and I think it would take alcohol too. it went into the boathouse and grew legs.
     
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    I got a new multi fuel Coleman double mantel lantern for Christmas 3 years ago. Still in the box unused along with spare mantels. I bought an almost new Coleman double mantel lantern with 2 gallons of Coleman fuel, 4 sets of mantels, a fuel funnel and a lighter at a garage sale a couple of years ago for $5. My wife couldn't understand why I needed another one because I have a new unused one.
     
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    That was a great price just for the fuel alone.
     
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    You can use alcohol and unleaded gas in any Coleman lamp or stove too. Alcohol is more problematic but it works well once it is warmed to operating temps.
     
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