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  1. Cousin-IT's Avatar
    could you explain the physics and science side of it all.... i have no idea how to make this kinda stuff work. at all
  2. erunkiswldrnssurvival's Avatar
    The Pores of the Red Belt Bracket fungus makes the best
    wick.second best is Jute fiber,(jute twine).cotton is third.
    Calendine is a wild mustard like plant,the tiny seeds are ringing wet with oil, Calendine oil is non-viscous and free flowing. available only in nature,A suitable replacement(that you can buy), is cold pressed virgin olive oil,or walnut oil.
  3. bulrush's Avatar
    Ah, I never thought about a better wick material. I was using store-bought cotton wicks for my oil lamp studies.

    What is calendine seed oil? Never heard of it. Do you have to get it at a health food store? Or online?
  4. erunkiswldrnssurvival's Avatar
    Thats exactly correct. The fine gravel helps heat the oil
    to further thinn it out. the wick material is also a factor in how the oil rises and burns.The most efficient oil i have found is calendine seed oil (this plant also used for yellow die)
  5. bulrush's Avatar
    The reason all oil lamp bowls are shallow is because the oil does not travel far up the wick. I wonder why if this is the reason why kerosene was invented. So the fuel holder can be taller, and the wick can be lit longer.