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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:29 pm 
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Does anyone have a recipe on how to make a good batch of sunshine oil ?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:42 pm 
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chris were your refering to meee!? well sunshine oil isnt exactly oil its more of a wax (for those that dont know) well i sorta made a crude version of it but i diddnt have everything i needed but it would probably would have worked if i had the stuff i needed haha.... but what i did was melted down some old candle wax and mixed in some kerosene....then when it cools down it makes almost like a vaselene type paste< it would probably work better if you used a paraffin wax with some lamp oil instead, you only usually use sunshine oil when you have a double wall wick lamp, that looks like a small spout inside a larger spout.... that is so the heat can travel down the space and melt the wax into oil, other "single" wall spouts you could just use any type of oil


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Thanks Eric,
Did you get my e-mail I sent last week? If you didn't get anything let me know.

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OK. We need some education here. What is "Sunshine Oil"? I assume that is the oil used in the old wick lamps. What made it different. Was it a heavy oil or more towards kerosine?

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yeah it was kind of a soft wax almost, it actually looked like a small brick wrapped in paper when you got it, almost like a moldable soft wax and when it melted it would become an oil


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Eric,

That package seems to say "patented" can you find a patent number?

I know a chemist where I work that is always willing to discuss weird projects.

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After doing a bit of digging:

Miner's Sunshine was a paraffin base ( as Eric posted). But softer and I assume with a lower melting point than regular paraffin. The liquid miner oils were pure cottonseed oil or a blend of cottonseed and mineral oil.

Since paraffin is the known base and mineral oil and petroleum jelly are close chemically. I would think some combination of those chemicals would be close.


If Eric or anyone can find a patent number, that will shed some more light on the subject.

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