Paraffin


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Andy Dingley

Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.


I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?


Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
 
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Grunff

Andy said:
Where can I buy it?
If you were in Devon, I'd say Mole Valley Farmers. You can pick up a
gallon for under £2. But you're not, so that's of no use to you. Do you
know of any agricultural merchants near you?
 
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Roger

The message <[email protected]>
from Andy Dingley said:
I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
You may find your neighbourhood purveyor of red diesel also supplies
paraffin. I don't know about cost, I haven't bought any in 20 years.
 
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Lobster

Andy said:
Where can I buy it?
I'm fairly sure that Focus DIY sell it... I was in their gardening
section yesterday and remember noticing some of those olde worlde style
greenhouse heaters like my parents had (I'm sure they must sell loads of
those in June), with stacks of large white bottles next to it - I'm
presuming they must have been paraffin?

David
 
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Rumble

Andy Dingley said the following on 16/06/2007 13:47:
Where can I buy it?
Anywhere [1], it's just kerosene (28 sec burning oil). Buy kerosene or
barbecue lighting fluid or, if you've got oil central heating, dip your
tank (or your neighbours) for it and liberate it for 32p/litre.

If you live near an airfield, liberate Avtur or Jet-A1.

£4.59 for 4l is a pretty standard price for this stuff. You pay the
extra for having slightly better refined product which is low-odour or
(in the case of lamp oil) odourless. The stuff you get out of your
home-heating oil tank smells pretty rank.


[1] DIY shed, hardware/ironmongers/builder's merchant, agricultural
store, garden centre, etc.
 
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Julian

Andy Dingley said:
Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.


I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?


Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
28 second kerosene, AKA domestic central heating oil is your man. Last time
I purchased some it was about 28p/litre. Just drain some from either your or
a friend's tank, I use it all the time for parts washing and starting
bonfires. All I would say is that it will smell a little if you burn it in
one of those Tilley lamps. (or equivalent) The Pink (or Esso Blue) paraffin
of old, to which you refer has been de-odorised I think.

Julian.
 
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Andrew Mawson

Andy Dingley said:
Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.


I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?


Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
Our local garage (big chain) has prepacked 5 litre containers next to
the bags of charcoal and smokeless fuel.

AWEM
 
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Dave Liquorice

Where can I buy it?
Most of the sheds have it in gardening section for green house heaters.
The sales people are probably too young to know what paraffin is so would
only know it by the particular brand name they sell or as "green house
heater fuel".
How much should I expect to pay for it?
In a shed through the nose at £1+/l or there abouts.

Our local garage has red diesel on a pump at 56p/l at the end of April. I
just bought 2000l of 28sec heating oil at 31.75p/l (inc VAT at 5% as it is
for domestic heating) other use would attract VAT at 17.5% or 35.5p/l.
I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel.
Blue diesel?
 
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John

Andy Dingley said:
Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.


I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?


Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
Bought a plastic canister at our local Garden Centre today - they stock
it for greenhouse heaters and also some weed killers can be mixed with
it (bramble and shrub killers).
 
W

Weatherlawyer

Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.

I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?

Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
Sounds like a trip to Oswestry and a trip to the local aerodrome would
pay you handsomely. You can use it in an oil burner. Kerosene for
nothing and your heating for free.
 
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Andy Dingley

Sorry - can't resist this Old Skool reference: you would get it at your
local Esso Blee Dooler.
When I was a kid I had a stuffed toy of a Pink Paraffin Pongolator

(I imagine there's an eBay market for them these days)
 
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Bob Eager

When I was a kid I had a stuffed toy of a Pink Paraffin Pongolator
I still have an Esso keyring with the little man with the funny shaped
yellow head (sic)!
 
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Andy Dingley

I still have an Esso keyring with the little man with the funny shaped
yellow head (sic)!
I no longer have a '60s crappy plastic keyring of an Esso "Tiger in
your tank", because I did flog that on eBay. For a stupid amount of
money. :cool:
 
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petek

I still have an Esso keyring with the little man with the funny shaped
yellow head (sic)!
My Dad was an Esso Blee Dooler! I used to go round with him,
delivering it in 5 gall drums on a Friday evening. We had a Hardware
shop and sold both Esso Blue & Alladin Pink, some customers had a
preference for one or the other - God knows why! Seem to remember it
was about 2 bob a gallon - this would be in the late 50's or early
60's. Also sold coal bricks in 2 different sizes (compressed coal
dust), firewood in bundles (2d a bundle IIRC) and firelighters which
were similar to the bundles of firewood but soaked in some kind of
oily tar stuff. Don't remember any fuss about fire regs or H&S regs -
and my Dad used to smoke while he was serving the stuff.

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

Anyway, I buy paraffin for my little greenhouse heater from the local
garage at about £4.50 for 5 litres. It's in white plastic containers
near the BBQ charcoal etc. Also in B&Q in the gardening/greenhouse
section. Same extortionate price.
Pete
 
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Londoncityslicker

Where can I buy it?

How much should I expect to pay for it?

After a whole week of chasing around, I've finally managed to buy a
gallon of the stuff (the trad hardware store in Staple Hill, who
always have everything).

I over paid. 4l for £4.59, which is more than DERV costs and certainly
far more than red or blue diesel. Still it's the nice hardware shop and
they work hard for their money.

I've been told:

* We aren't allowed to sell anything flammable
(an oik standing next to a shelf of white spirit)

* We can't sell that, try a garage

* We're a garage, why are you trying to buy DIY stuff ?

* We can't sell paraffin any more, people were putting it in their cars
and so They've Banned It.

* Try Boots

* We're an airfield and aircraft factory. We've a shitload of it
practically for free, from tank drainage. Are you bringing the 1,000
gallon or the 2,000 gallon tanker?

Next time I'll use either diesel or lamp oil, depending on whether I
need to smell it burning. I'll also make sure to pick up some cheap red
diesel when I'm next near a tractor.
Garages use to sell this. But seems to have been phased out.

But I thought the usual DIY outlets do it.
Homebase being one.

A.
 

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