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Does anyone know how to make your own effusion lamp catalytic burner?


missgroves3 years ago
it's easy to make your own catalytic lamp.
Buy a wick and stone set from ebay, they come in several sizes to fit different sized bottles. You will also need a closed cap that will fit over the stone to extinguish the wick.
Once you have your items and the wick fits snugly into your glass bottle it's time to fill it up.

Fill your chosen GLASS container with either official product fuel (lampe berger, ashleigh and burwood, Scentier etc) OR make your own with 99% isopropyl alcohol and up to 10ml of ESSENTIAL OIL blend. (your wick guarentee won't cover home-made fuel).

Let the wick soak up the fuel until you can see a sheen on the stone. it's now ready to use.

Light the stone and let it flame until the stone glows a little (or 5 minutes if unsure). blow out the flame and the catalytic reaction will do the rest. Once you have finished put the closed cap over the stone tightly and leave to cool.

Never let the fuel be completely used up, this can damage the wick and stone. If you find sooty deposits build up on your stone you can soak it along with the wick in pure isopropyl alcohol to give it a good clean.

only ever use essential oils and NOT fragrance oils.
AndyGadget4 years ago
Looking a bit beyond Lemonie's link, it looks like the fuel is mainly an alcohol (IPA?) with a perfume.  I think the catalyst is probably platinum (which goes some way to explaining the stonkingly high price-tag, but not the sickeningly floriferous sales pitch). 
Once heated and blown out, the the platinum would continue to glow red-hot in the presence of the alcohol and vapourise the perfume.  I assume the claimed disinfecting powers come from the alcohol vapour.
lemonie4 years ago
I've done enough Googling for today, but for the benefit of others it's this thing:
www.creativeexpressionsbyfran.com/lampeberger.asp

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