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Can you substitute non-kerosene oil in an old lamp?

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Posted 5 years ago


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My husband found 2 oil lamps on our property (our house was built in the late 20s-early 30s). We don't think they're very old, but aren't sure how old they are. I posted a picture of one of them so you can see what they look like. Anyway, they smell like they've had kerosene oil in them. We can clean them out to get rid of the smell, but are wondering if we can replace the oil with a non-kerosene type and still be able to use them for light (in case of a power outtage). My husband seems to be very sensitive to the odor of kerosene. It'd be really nice to be able to use a scented oil if we can. Please let me know if this is possible, or if it would ruin the lamps. Thanks!

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  1. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
    yes, any lamp oil should work as they are made to burn in oil lamps, and are available as scented and unscented
  2. snorincats, 5 years ago
    Even the paraffin-based ones? They all seem to be made for a specific type of oil lamp. Just want to clarify...thanks!

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