RE: Has anyone used "lamp oil" in their MTH smoke units?
I use 99% paraffin in a variety of smoke units, but not MTH because I don't have one. The paraffin works very well and has not damaged any of the Aristo (old and new), LGB, and Bachmann smoke units that I have.
One caution. Do not use paraffin indoors. This is really a liquid form of candle wax and it also used as a food additive. However when used as a smoke fluid, it is evaporated, not burned as it would be in a lamp. Paraffin vapor has very fine droplets and can be inhaled deeply into the lungs where it is very difficult to expel.
The upside is that it is relatively (at least as compared to other smoke fluids) cheap and it smokes well.
Posted By George Schreyer on 02/01/2009 5:59 PM
it's NOT what we call Kerosene. You'll flame out your locos if you use it.
What if you thicken it up with a little light oil, like 3-in1? Some trial and error in the bowl of a spoon ought to tell you a lot. Prob'ly not a good idea to fire up the ol' Bunsen burner for this test. You need flameless heat. Bet a soldering iron would work.