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andythepoi


andythepoi

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Location: manchester, uk

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Posted:hi folks, been looking for a supllier of parrafin in or around manchester for a YEAR now with NO LUCK WHATSOEVER! AM i stupid? not looking in the right places? someone help me please!, i've tried the net, garden centres, diy places, petrol stations etc ad infinitum. Baffling it is. Also, IS it as good a fuel for poi with kevlar wicks as they say? Use turps n barbecue lighter fuel n white spirits. All pretty good with fire clubs but last about 3 spins with poi! any help woiuld be muchly appreciated ta.

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Dr_Molly


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Posted:Have you tried asking somewhere like homebase to get it in for you? It's a bit odd that they don't have it because people will buy it for paraffin heaters and suchlike.
They seem to be fairly helpful up here in Edinburgh. A friend got a whole batch recalled when he told staff that "it didn't taste like it usually does". smile


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Faberg
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

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Location: Dublin, Ireland

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Posted:you can get parrafin or lamp oil in any good camping store cool

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Durbs
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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England

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Posted:Most petrol stations should have it...
Usually in the forecourt with the charcoal, but sometimes inside - it's odd you haven't found any


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Dunc
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Posted:Written by: Molly

Have you tried asking somewhere like homebase....A friend got a whole batch recalled when he told staff that "it didn't taste like it usually does"



ubblol that's sooo cool cool


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andythepoi


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Location: manchester, uk

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Posted:thanks a bunch folks. I'm kinda annoyed that ten million people didn't agree with me n say " i KNOW man, it's rare as rocking horse poop n ya can't buy it anywhere these days!" guess the answer to my "am I stupid" question is quite obviously a resounding yes! oh well. will try your suggestions and if I have no luck I will return with dry underused fire poi n sour expression and in fiesty mood. tra for now :o)

It's smashing to be back x

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Mags The Jedi
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Location: Cornwall, UK

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Posted:ubbrollsmile @ Molly's friend. Genius.

My local petrol station has it, but they have a habit of running out. Then i have to walk a long long way. Cheers for the link Bug.


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Location: Hexham, Newcastle, England

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Posted:From my experience petrol stations are way cheaper than DIY stores - 2 a gallon at the station, 5 a gallon at my local DIY jobie.

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Raven_WolfeRun
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Location: Houston, TX, in my chair, USA

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Posted:Ok, being the lame American wank I am, first off I gotta say Walmart or something the like. But anyplace that sells oil candles and such or tiki torches should have parafin. I suggest using Ultra Pure (the clear kind, not the decorative blue), it's odorless, smokeless and damn near tasteless. Now, assuming there's no Wally Word near you, try the website, they have everything and deliever.
www.walmart.com


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Pyrolific
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Posted:The service stations on Barlow-Moor rd Chorlton (Manc) used to stock it a year ago as did the B and Q Stretford which also had it (more expensive). I dont know anywhere else, cuz we lived in chorlton.

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Gidg
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Posted:It really sounds weird that you guys in the UK can get the stuff at service stations. They don't care parrafin at our service stations.

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Raven_WolfeRun
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Posted:I know right? It'd be a HELL of alot easier to hit the shell on the way to practice than Walmart or something.

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house_of_mill
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

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Location: Manchester England

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Posted:If you go to Yeomans on Oldham street( Just by Afflecks) you can get Paraffin in four ltr bottles for a penny short of a fiver, thats the only place I can find in the centre.

*Thats one of my favourite Nurseries over there,*

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Katerpillar


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Posted:I know it sounds odd, but pet shops generally have paraffin. Sometimes you need your own container though.

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Lillie Frog


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Posted:If you can find it where you have your own container it will be cheaper than if you buy it prepacked.
Some petrol stations have it on the forecourt in a sort of pump, like for petrol.
Unluckily my local garage sells it prepacked.
Pet shops stock it so that little boys can set fire to kittens. It's a sad world.


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Mand
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Posted:In Britain, I get mine from Archibalds. Do you have one of them near you?
Or, as already said, from a garage.

I looked at the stuff they sold at homebase, but I think it might be paraffin mixed with something else. It's called paratine or something. (May be why it doesn't taste like it normally does!). Anyway, I wasn't sure about it, so left it alone.

I can't believe you can't find any in Manchester... confused


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Eveish
GOLD Member since Jul 2004

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Posted:You guys really seem to have to trek to get your fuel! We just buy ours at the local supermarket, most places carry Kerosene, lamp oil and white gas!
Ahh, I love Australia hehe


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ado-p
GOLD Member since May 2004

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Posted:Written by: Mand

In Britain, I get mine from Archibalds. Do you have one of them near you?
Or, as already said, from a garage.

I looked at the stuff they sold at homebase, but I think it might be paraffin mixed with something else. It's called paratine or something. (May be why it doesn't taste like it normally does!). Anyway, I wasn't sure about it, so left it alone.

I can't believe you can't find any in Manchester... confused



Parasene? Its what im using at the moment, i only recelntly found a place in cork where i can get parrafin proper.

parasene is grand, smells a little bit more, its a different color but it burns.... it'l get ya out of a hole if your stuck...


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Wangus


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Location: Durham, NC, USA

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Posted:My walmart doesn't even sell it, but Linens 'N Things is my savior.

They gave me funny looks last time I bought out all of their paraffin...no clue as to why...


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native
SILVER Member since Jun 2004

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Location: anaheim CA usa

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Posted:not shure about the uk but if you have a big 5 they got it there realy cheap!!!

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Gayle......!
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Posted:I went looking in Bristol on Sat for some. No garages had any and the B&Q i went to see they didn't see it as they needed some kind of petrolum license to sell it so, andythepoi i know how stupidly difficult it is to get some....

Gayle.....!

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Gayle......!
SILVER Member since Jul 2004

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Posted:B&Q lied. I went back in there last night and in the section with the outdorr heaters there was a bottle (4ltr jobby) of parasene which i'm assuming is the same stuff ado-p's talking about. Is this OK to use as i haven't found anything else yet. I says on the bottle that's it for use in equipment that requires premium paraffin so i dunno.

Gayle.....!

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HJuggler
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Location: London, UK

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Posted:I too had a big problem finding any parrafin near me....Kingston area. I searched everywhere, camping stores all said they didn't stock it anymore because of the smell and the mess, and no hardware stores seemed to sell it either (even big ones)...although finally I did find a tiny little hardware shop that had 2 bottles stashed right at the back!!!!!

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_Aime_
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Posted:shop in bexill that does 12litres for a tenner and 5pence....although thats not really much help to you at all *shrug*

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devkev
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Location: North London.. England

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Posted:hey .. in oz i got stuff called D60 by the 1000 ltr, some shopes called it fire water... whats it called in england??? and where can i get lots of it... ahhhhh fffiiirrreeeeee.....

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Posted:B&Q.
Parasene...
Works well!


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Gri-gri


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Posted:I'm amazed that it seems like a mission.

In South Africa, you can buy it almost anywhere, from Gas stations and supermarkets to littloe convenience stores. 5 litres for anout 25 Rand. Which is about 2 pounds.

Yay, go us!!!


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Disc0


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Posted:hmm... i live in sweden. there is "lampolja" (lamp oil) you can buy everywhare. it says it's "n-parafin". today i bought some in the local food-store. weird some people cant get it.

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Spacecow00x
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Posted:Wal mart, lol no thats america

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Dunc
GOLD Member since Aug 2003

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Location: The Middle lands

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Posted:I wouldn't recomend lamp oil for spinning with unless you're really stuck. Parafin is full o nastiness and lamp oil is basically paraffin with lots of extra checmicals to reduce the smoke. In big burns (ie not lamps) that's a lot of extra checmicals to breathe in.

And I hate to boast to all those having trouble but by me we got a garage that has a petrol pump that's actually a paraffin pump!! How cool is that! ubbrollsmile


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