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What is paraffin lamp oil?

Lamp Oil generally refers to liquid paraffin. It's in the same chemical family as kerosene but has been purified to make it burn more cleanly. Lamp oil IS more expensive than kerosene, for a good reason - the extra steps taken to purify the fuel means fewer impurities go into your air.

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In this manner, what is the difference between paraffin and lamp oil?

Paraffin oil is NOT the same as lamp oil. Paraffin oil sold in the United Kingdom is kerosene. Paraffin oil in the United States is liquid candle wax and is improperly labeled for use in oil lamps and lanterns. USA paraffin oil is only suited for candle oil lamps that use small diameter (1/4" and less) round wick.

One may also ask, what is lamp oil made of? Types of Lamp Oil Lamp oil is produced from petroleum, whether it is called kerosene or paraffin. There are products that claim to be made from paraffin wax, which is also petroleum-based. Some fragrances are synthetic. The addition of fragrance to a lamp oil can also add a sooty response when burned.

Similarly, it is asked, is paraffin oil and kerosene the same thing?

The key difference between paraffin and kerosene is that paraffin has a slight odor while kerosene has a strong odor. Moreover, in chemistry, paraffin chiefly refers to alkane hydrocarbons having the general formula CnH2n+2 whereas, kerosene is a flammable hydrocarbon produced from petroleum oil.

How does a paraffin lamp work?

When the lamp is lit, the kerosene that the wick has absorbed burns and produces a clear, bright, yellow flame. As the kerosene burns, capillary action in the wick draws more kerosene up from the fuel tank.

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