A while ago I decided to see how well Biodiesel would burn in one of our small wick style Biodiesel lamps. I loaded it up with Biodiesel, installed the wick, lit it up & let it burn.
My goal was to see how long it would go. Along the way I snapped several pictures of it.
At this point, I put the flame out & called it a success! The flame burned a full 9 hours without any problems at all.
Little to no smoke:
– The lamp burned VERY clean and produced zero smoke! There was a slight smell emanating from it, but nothing stronger than say what a candle might smell like.
– I repeated the same experiment using kerosene in the lamp and the smoke & smell were so bad that I immediately had to move it outside.
Long Burn Time
The lamp easily burned for a good, solid 9 hours. I’m guessing Kerosene would probably burn equally as long, but it would’ve made a much bigger mess & left a nasty smell in the room
Bad Wicking At Half-Way
After the fuel level was down to 1/2 way, I noticed that the Biodiesel had a pretty hard time wicking on the wick and my flame size dropped down quite a bit. Also, due to the lack of wicking happening, I noticed that my wick was starting to burn up as well.
Overall, the test was a success. It showed that Biodiesel can definitely burn well in a wicking lamp, however, the fuel level has to be watched if you want a decent sized flame. Pretty neat stuff!