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StoneT
StoneT

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Location: Plymouth, UK
Member Since: 19th Jun 2004
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Posted:It seems to me that, by consensus, the best fuel for firespinning is Juggleart's Firewater. That is not available over here in the UK frown so the next best thing seems to be Shellsol TK.
I have just spoken to a very helpful guy in the local shell depot (plymouth) about Shellsol (and explained the concept of fire spinning / poi etc.) the result of which being Shellsol TK is not available in europe at all,mad2 but the nearest availble substitute is Shellsol T.
Having looked at the data sheets it seems to be a reasonable substitute.
MSDS shows-
Slightly higher flashpoint - Less dangerous
No noticable difference in toxicity
Slightly less pure (98% paraffins instead of 99.8%)

See here for MSDS's (For Shellsol T see Shellsol T/TD)

Looks worth a try! biggrin

BUT! It only comes in 25l containers, 123.12 each! censored
However, that comes to about 5 a litre which is not OTT as far as I'm concerned.
So... Would anyone in the devon area like to form a syndicate to buy a drum?
grouphug


(I'll also be posting this on spherculism.com)


Mags - watching police torches drawing closer - runs over to his poi:
"Maybe now would be a good time to have another burn, we might not get another chance..."

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Durbs
Durbs

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Location: Epsom, Surrey, England
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Posted:Or for Falmouth? biggrin

Burner of Toast
Spinner of poi
Slacker of enormous magnitude

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StoneT
StoneT

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Location: Plymouth, UK
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Posted:Well.. I don't know, that being cornish and all...

Oh, OK I'll let cornish poiple this time wink


Mags - watching police torches drawing closer - runs over to his poi:
"Maybe now would be a good time to have another burn, we might not get another chance..."

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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Member Since: 14th Nov 2001
Total posts: 6979
Posted:the people that sell me shellsol TK tell me that the difference in name is in the name of ShellSol T.

Plz be aware that:

*you need some water to wash your hands with after you handle it.

*if you want to save by buying the next size up (200Lt) then you will have to buy an expensive Barrel pump with which to safely access it.

*Shell marks the drums as hazardous chem. In some places (like bridges) it is an offence to drive through carrying this stuff.

*It is an industrial solvent used in the manufacture of aluminium (rolling), and ostansibly for freal hippies to firedance with wink



pain in the bum bum to procure, but excellent clean flame, brighter than kero. negligible smoke. I don't use anyhting else. love it! ubblove

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Stone
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Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
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Posted:Suggest checking out Pegasol, a similar product to Shellsol TK, but manufactured by Mobil, I think.

And a bender suggests there are a range of products in the Shellsol series, the TK being the one suitable for our purposes. Ditto with Pegasol, I would imagine.


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StoneT
StoneT

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Location: Plymouth, UK
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Posted:Actually, I made a mistake. redface

The product originally used in Australasia WAS Shellsol T but now it's unavailable there so they use TK. Is that right Bender? confused



Will investigate Pegasol though. thankx

I Believe it's Pegasol 3440 ...


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"Maybe now would be a good time to have another burn, we might not get another chance..."

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Stone
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Location: Melbourne
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Total posts: 2830
Posted:Yes that's kinda right StoneT. We used to buy Shellsol T and they changed the name to Shellsol TK, a year of so back.

Keep the Pegasol option going. It just depends on what is easy to get locally.


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bender
still can't believe it's not butter
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Posted:I must look like a terrorist, cus they ask for ID for all purchasers nowadays. eek

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