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Soak new oil lamp wicks overnight in vinegar(any knd)and allow to dry. This will insure cleaner, longer burning wicks. Ultra Pure 100% parrifin oil may be a little more expensive than regular lamp oil but for inside it is completely odorless and smoke free.
-- Fox (Fox@vixenden.com), July 06, 1999
"...100% parrifin oil may be a little more expensive than regular lamp oil..."
Actually it's WAY more expensive. But that's only when you can find it.
-- odorless (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 06, 1999.
Walmart has paraffin for lamps at not much more than I paid for it in bulk at a Y2K Expo. Try burning it vs. regular lamp oil and I think you'll conclude it is definitely worth the difference.
-- Shivani Arjuna (S Arjuna@aol.com), July 06, 1999.
Thanks Chivani. Walmart is where I bought the oil. :) :)
-- fox (email@example.com), July 06, 1999.
I got their smaller twin oil lamp set for interior lights in the bathrooms. (Else all that TP everybody has stored won't be applied at the right time to the right target in sufficient quantities.)
-- Robert A. Cook, PE (Kennesaw, GA) (firstname.lastname@example.org), July 06, 1999.
At least on Kaua'i, parafin oil is little more costly than kerosine. It also doesn't smell nearly as bad. I'll keep the kerosine for emergencies, fire starting (soak some sawdust in it, then use it to start wood fires), etc.
-- Mad Monk (email@example.com), July 06, 1999.