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Is clearcraft lamp oil toxic?

Firstly, what is toxicity?

Generally speaking, it is  a measure of how much a substance can damage an organism, or a specific part of an organism, such as an individual organ.

Can I use paraffin in an oil lamp?

It is very important to use a good quality lamp oil in an oil candle, or a traditional oil lamp.  

The best quality lamp oil, such as Clearcraft lamp oil, is indeed paraffin but it is not the same as you might find in a paraffin heater for example.

Do oil lamps smell?

This should read, does lamp oil smell, I reckon!

If you smell an oil candle flame while it is burning, assuming it is burning properly, and combustion is complete, there is no smell, depending on the quality of the lamp oil. 

Are oil lamps safe to use indoors?

The simple answer to this is yes!

Like with any candles, precautions should be taken such as dont place them near soft furnishings and things like curtains, and dont leave them unattended. 

Can you use vegetable oil in an oil lamp?

While it is possible to use vegetable oil in an oil candle, it is not to be recommended.  Vegetable oil is a much more viscous, heavier oil, with a higher flashpoint than proper lamp oil.

How do you light an oil candle?

The same way as you would light any candle.  And you extinguish them in exactly the same way as well.  The important thing is the wick on an oil candle is very short.  No more than 1mm. 

How does an oil candle work?

The modern oil candle generally consists of a glass fuel container, with a hole at the top, with a wick holder that sits atop of the hole, through which the wick passes, into the glass container.

What is an Oil Candle?

The modern oil candle generally consists of a glass fuel container, with a hole at the top, with a wick holder that sits atop of the hole, through which the wick passes, into the glass container.

What is a wick holder?

The wick holder in a simple single wicked glass candle is usually a small tube that holds the wick in place, and a flange that means the wick holder sits in the hole on the top of the oil candle.

What does 'thermal shock resistance' in oil candles mean?

Thermal shock resistance is the ability to withstand a rapid and significant temperature change. This is assessed in the laboratory by heating an item in an oven and then plunging it into cold water. SATRA uses BS EN 1183:1997 method B and, if the test sample survives, the procedure is repeated until failure occurs (the glass cracks or shatters). 

Why is Borosilicate important for Oil Candles?

In respect to oil candles, Borosilicate is resistant to very high temperatures, far exceeding that experienced at the bottom of a flame.

Are There Any Special Storage Requirements?

No.  The fuel is classed as combustible and not flammable.  Furthermore, because it is contained it never comes into contact with skin, eyes or anything else!

How long do the wicks last on the Liquid Wax Cells?

Because the whole unit is disposable, the wick will last until all the oil has burnt. You then simply discard the cartridge

What are our Shades made of?

Our shades are made of boroslicate or hot furnace glass.  Borosilicate has a much higher thermal shock resistance than soda glass.  These terms are explained elsewhere.

What are Liquid Wax Cells made of?

The Liquid wax candles themselves are made of tough plastic with a metal wick holder. 

What happens if I knock a lamp over?

Our lamps are very stable and rarely knocked over. If it does happen, the liquid wax container will not break even if the shade does. Very little fuel escapes, if any, and this will not burn without the wick anyway.

How strong are Liquid Wax Candles?

Our Disposable Liquid Wax canldes are made of strong plastic with a metal wick holder. They are very strong indeed. The variety of shades we offer are made of glass.  

Is Liquid Wax Safe?

Yes, very. It has a very high flashpoint, and will not flash or flare. It will not burn without the pre-set wick. It can be safely sent through the post We strongly recommend that you do not drink it though! 

How Long Do The Liquid Wax Cells Last?

We supply two sizes.  One lasts around 24 hours and the other around 40 hours. 

What Is Liquid Wax?

Liquid wax is very high quality Lamp Oil. This is a very highly refined grade of paraffin, that will not smell or smoke when burning.

Can I get replacement wicks?

We supply both lengths of wick and replacement wick holders

How long do the wicks last?

For many lamps, the wicks should not need replacing at all. Some of the thinner wicks may need replacing every few months.

What are they made of?

Our hand blown candles are made using borosilicate glass, which is like Pyrex.

What happens if I knock a lamp over?

Our lamps are very stable and rarely knocked over. As you have seen from the above pictures, they will stand quite a fall and are therefore very unlikely to break the oil reservoir if knocked over.

Below we have knocked over a candle to demonstrate that the flame normally goes out and very little fuel escapes from the candle (even less with our anti-spill models).

If the candle falme does not go out, it will burn quietly and will not flare or flash because the fuel has a very high flashpoint, which makes it very safe.

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Go on. Push it!

 

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It's gone out.

How strong are they?

Very Strong indeed. The pictures below illustrate a test that we regularly do at our offices, where we knock a lamp off a table. Here you can see that, not only does the candle go out, it hits the ground and does not break.

Is it Safe?

Yes, very. It has a very high flashpoint, and wil not flash or flare. It will not burn without a wick. It can be safely sent through the post We strongly recommend that you do not drink it though!  If drunk it can cause lung damage to very small children

How much Oil Do They Use?

This depends on the model. The smallest candles use 4ml per hour and the largest 5 -6mm an hour.  Our smallest candle, the cell 50 will burn for ten hours before it needs re-filling.

What type of fuel do I need to use?

We recommend Clearcraft Lamp Oil. This is a very highly refined grade of parrafin, that will not smell or smoke when burning.

What is Boroslicate glass?

Boroslicate glass is a type of glass that contains boron trioxide which allows for a very low coefficient of thermal expansion......

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