Does lamp oil (kerosene) go bad?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by wombatcat, May 20, 2006.

  1. wombatcat

    wombatcat Well-Known Member

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    In cleaning out my mom's house (she has moved to an assisted living facility), I found a large hurricane lamp with oil still in it. I believe it has not been used for about 25 years. Would I be able to use this? Or do I need to empty it all out, start with a new wick etc....
    any tips are appreciated!!!!! :help:
     
  2. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Technically kero stays good and your lamp is likely OK. It can support bacterial growth and gum things up. I'd dump it and start with new oil at least.
     

  3. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    If the kerosene has turned an amber color, get rid of it and put a new wick in the lamp.
     
  4. PLPP

    PLPP Boer Lover

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    I would think the wick would need replaced but I dont know much about them just started using them myself for all our lighting needs.