Lamp Oil or Kerosene? A Question of Indoor Air Quality.

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Which is better, lamp oil or kerosene? Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, Readily Biodegradable, Smokeless, Odorless Lamp Oil is what you want and need.

For these purposes, let’s assume you’re only going to be using your oil lamp indoors. The most important thing to be concerned about is the odor, smoke, and fumes generated as the fuel burns. Let's compare lamp oil vs. kerosene.

Lamp Oil generally refers to liquid paraffin. It’s in the same chemical family as kerosene but has been purified to make it burn more cleanly. Lamp oil IS more expensive than kerosene, for a good reason - the extra steps taken to purify the fuel means fewer impurities go into your air. A really good-quality lamp oil will be virtually smokeless, with no odor. And don't assume all lamp oils are created equal - there are a lot of varieties available, with varying degrees of purity.

All Firefly Fuels are Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, Odorless, Smokeless when used as directed and Readily Biodegradable.

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Kerosene comes in two varieties: red kerosene and K-1. Red kerosene is dyed red for tax purposes and is generally used to fuel industrial equipment. DON’T ever burn red kerosene in an indoor oil lamp, because the fumes from the red dye can be harmful. K-1 Kerosene can be used in indoor lanterns but contains sulfur and other impurities that can give it an unpleasant, oily smell when it burns (which can give some people a headache). Because of these impurities, it also gives off considerably more smoke than pure lamp oil.

True, kerosene will save you a few bucks over lamp oil, but you're sacrificing purity. Keep your indoor air clean.

All Firefly Fuels are Eco-Friendly, Non-Toxic, Odorless, Smokeless when used as directed and Readily Biodegradable.