Kerosene is the best for the long run because it's usually available from distributors for under $4 a gallon. It's $14 a gallon from hardware stores and the lamp oil that the Dollar General stores carry is about $10 per gallon. Diesel fuel will work but it smokes too much for indoor use.
It will not work well. The oil is too viscous and won't travel up the wick fast enough. Some people have gotten a flame from that type of fuel, but it burns up the wick, makes a lot of soot, and doesn't put off a lot of light.
You may be able to use vegetable oil but you cannot use olive oil. Not only would olive oil burn poorly and throw very little light (if it would even light at all), but olive oil has a very low smoke point (which is why it isn't used for frying) and would create A LOT of soot and smoke making it horrible for indoor use of any kind.
As for the vegetable oil, I wouldn't recommend it for similar reasons as olive oil (relatively low smoke point as compared to real lamp oil, burns poorly, throws little light), but I know in emergency situations it can work. If at all possible I would avoid using anything other than quality unscented indoor-safe lamp oil or clean-burning isopropyl alcohol (70% or above should not give off carbon monoxide if wick is kept properly trimmed and at correct height). Good luck :)
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Have no idea never have tried it for oil other than what is called for. Maybe if in extrem emergancy I might try it but in the long run it would be to expensive.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago