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To me, the inletting black doesn't seem to work as well as the soot. I wish it did, don't like the clean-up with the blacking lamp. Kerosene is my fuel of choice.

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Every time I use Inletting black, it ends up everywhere! When inletting actions to wood, it sometimes it stains the wood. This has inspired me to us a lamp next time.

I remember the alcohol lamps we used to have in the chemistry sets when I was young. They got soot everywhere.

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As some still prefer alkenet root over modern non-light fugitive, deep penetrating, color-mixable stain...
I been using Permatex Prussian Blue for nearly four decades, available from most any auto parts store. Doesn't seem to soot up the shop I'm in the midst of spring cleaning...

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LD1, I use store bought lamp oil and just hold the part very close to the wick, causing incomplete combustion of the oil, leaving a good coating of black soot. You might trim the wick properly--with a pair of sissors cut off the square corners of the wick about 45 degrees. That'll give you a much narrower flame. Bet if you googled "wick trimming" or something like that you'd get a picture. Be sure to wipe off the soot every once in a while cause it tends to build up and give false readings. Sometimes I use inletting black. Both are messy though.


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Originally Posted By: Fletchedpair
The assorted lamps those guys are using in the H&H video are filled with Parafin. Gives off a very sooty flame.

I believe parafin is Kerosene, at least thats what we call parafin.
As for alchohol I would have thought it burnt clean.
Perhaps its a bit like the mineral spirits saga,depends on where in the world you are as to what it is.

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Parafin oil here is quite different from Kerosene. I use parafin oil for rubbing stock finishes with rottenstone or other suitable abraisives.

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I don't build doubles, but for inletting flintlocks I build for a hobby I like to use Dry Erase Markers. Not messy, easy to get off and it makes a mark just like inletting black or soot. Just wipe the surface clean with alcohol before you start so the marker takes. Sometimes a second color like red is useful as well.

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Originally Posted By: Daryl Hallquist
Parafin oil here is quite different from Kerosene. I use parafin oil for rubbing stock finishes with rottenstone or other suitable abraisives.


This is what is also called "mineral oil" but it isn't the same as the parafin used in lamps. I believe the latter to be a refined kerosene.

Kerosene can be burnt to give a lot of smoke - it used to be used in "smudge post" in citrus groves.

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I have always used diesel engine petrol as it gives just the proper amount of smoke.

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