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I have used cotton rolled between my palms until the desired thickness is achieved. But,I found the cotton burns a rose on the end like regular candle wicks.SO,I tried jute cord. It's a natural fiber from plants,and it lasts longer than cotton and required much less maintenance .NOW...I use these wicks for an oil lamp I made and I use olive oil.Olive oil is great in my opinion,since it isnt as flammable as regular petroleum oils,and doesnt create the flammable vapors that can be found in petroleum oils.AND it burns just as bright. If my lamp tips over,the flame is drowned out and LITTLE to no risk of fire is a plus.But for me,again,jute cord is better than cotton.But I guess that would also be up to the user and the design of the lamp.BY THE WAY... I tried vegetable oil as a lamp oil,and unless you want your room to smell like pop corn,I'd stay away from it.olive oil burns with no smell.And mineral oil burns well also,but it burns sooty.If you watch just above the flame tip,you'll see a stream of black,sooty smoke from the flame. So...with the various oils I have used,OLIVE OIL is the way to go,and jute as the wick is the best.
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Posted:Aug 1, 2013
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