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Since I can't stand the smell of burning keroscene, I read with interest a post that claimed adding one half ounce of methyl alcohol to five gallons of keroscene would stop the odor. This seems like a ridiculously small amount, if it even works. Seems it should be more like 1/2 ounce per gallon or quart. Does anybody out there have any actual experience with this?
-- Steve A (email@example.com), October 16, 1999
The smell of unburned burning kerosene irritates my lungs and gives my wife headaches. That was probably my contribution on an earlier thread. There are at least two products -- Kero-Kleen (sp?) and another called simply "Wick Cleaner" -- that are marketed for just this purpose, particularly for heaters, but it works in lamps too of course. The side-bar on the bottles of Wick Cleaner suggest adding 1/2 oz to 5 gals -- an absurdly inconsequential amount I agree, but it works -- or as much as 2 oz per 5 gals. I have tried the recommended additive, but prefer using a bit more .... heck, just slosh it in there, why not? At the rate recommended by the manufacturer, a single 8 oz bottle @ $4.89 would treat 80 gals of kerosene -- a drum and a half. Phew. LIke I say, at that rate, I figured I'd buy a few bottles (of the pine-scented stuff) and splurge -- a whole ounce in 5 gals. IN fact, I squirt a quarter ounce in the fonts of my Aladdin lamps and they burn stupendously well. No fumes at all. I'd burn a dozen in one room this way. You can also order or pick up methyl alcohol over-the-counter from your pharmacist, in pints or gallons.
-- Roch Steinbach (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 16, 1999.
I'm afraid you've left me a bit confused... twice now!
Are you saying that the commercial products mentioned above (Kero-Clean, etc) merely consist of methyl alcohol plus some added scent and therefore plain methyl alcohol is an essentially equivalent substitute or am I missing something here?
-- Yan (email@example.com), October 17, 1999.
EXACTLY. I'll double check the ingredients on the Wick Cleaner, but I am ertain it is simply methyl alcohol with "fragrance" added. that's why I've been buying methyl alcohol from my corner drugstore. Sorry that wasn't more plain.
-- Roch Steinbach (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 17, 1999.
Yep ... the Wick Cleaner "conatins methyl alcohol". Period. Just for the sake of followup, today I ran a little test of the Wick Cleaner, head to head with pharmacy grade Methanol (methyl alcohol). The two are identical: both produce an almost invisible floating alcohol flame, excpet the Wick Cleaner gives off an intoxicating pine scent when burnt. If you can;t get the commercial product, get the methanol form you druggist.
-- Roch Steinbach (email@example.com), October 19, 1999.