Paraffin oil

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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 10-23-2012 02:27 PM 5045 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-23-2012 02:27 PM

Glad to get all the responses about paraffin wax.

Now the question is what is paraffin oil used for?

Have you ever used it? Can it be used as a tool lub like on TS and Joiners?

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#1 posted 10-23-2012 04:05 PM

Depends on where you are. In the UK, they they use the name paraffin to name what we call kerosene. That is the only oil related paraffin that I am aware of.

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#2 posted 10-23-2012 05:57 PM

Paraffin oil could be one of several different things from actual paraffin to mineral oil, or Kerosene. It depends on context. The only thing I use it for is to burn in oil lamps.


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#3 posted 10-24-2012 01:48 AM

In the UK they call mineral oil liquid paraffin. It’s primary use in the market is as a laxative but woodworkers use it for a popular food safe finish on cutting boards. I buy it in 55 galon drums to treat colicy horses! There are various consistencies from very thin to barely liquid.

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