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I'm considering buying an alcohol lamp to use with clarinets and flutes. What kind of fuel would you recommend?
 

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Methylated Spirits. You can buy it in big 4 liter bottles cheap as chips. The Musicmedic lamp works well.
 

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I'm in the dark here (is that a pun?). Can you enlighten (maybe another one) me on using a fuel lamp with an instrument. I can't imagine what's going on.
 

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Silly me - but why not use Alcohol in an Alcohol Lamp. Always worked for me in the past (But I have been using a bunsen burner for the past 10 years).
 

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I'm in the dark here (is that a pun?). Can you enlighten (maybe another one) me on using a fuel lamp with an instrument. I can't imagine what's going on.
They are talking about for use in instrument repair. Pads are commonly held in with one of a few different materials - most of which use a flame to install or adjust (or remove) - thus the need for the alcohol lamp.

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Thanks graysax. I suppose I should have picked up on that being in Repair and maintenance!!

I had visions of an instrument in flames as part of an act.
 

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Too much sugar in moonshine, burning it would gum up some keys quick with the nasties... actually naptha would work in a pinch (Ronson Lighter Fuel)...
 

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I purchase denature alcohol at the big box stores like Lowes or home depot for use in my alcohol lamp. My local mom and pop paint store carries it as well. About $15 per gallon. If you only intend to repair an occasional flute or clarinet, a quart will last quite a while. I go through a few gallons a year.

I'm considering buying an alcohol lamp to use with clarinets and flutes. What kind of fuel would you recommend?
 

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Not all alcohols are created equal. I've used rubbing alcohol, which I believe is isopropyl alcohol. The flame tends to go out frequently. Denatured alcohol works well, and if you like you can thin shellac with it.

Silly me - but why not use Alcohol in an Alcohol Lamp. Always worked for me in the past (But I have been using a bunsen burner for the past 10 years).
 

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Methylated Spirits. You can buy it in big 4 liter bottles cheap as chips. The Musicmedic lamp works well.
I don't think there is such a thing in USA. Their equivalent is "denatured alcohol".
 
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