What is the Spanish for paraffin and where is it sold?

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What is the Spanish for paraffin and where is it sold?

Postby Jane » Sat Sep 17, 2005 6:47 pm

We have a paraffin lamp in England that we want to take out to Spain - (empty of paraffin of course) because the electricity frequently gets cut off in our village. Can anyone tell me what paraffin is and where to buy it? Would the ferraterias sell it?
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Postby hillybilly » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:08 pm

My dictionary says that paraffin is petróleo de alumbrado also queroseno and also parafina!
A paraffin lamp is a quinqué so if there's a word for it there should be paraffin on sale. A ferreteria is probably your best bet.

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Postby Jane » Sat Sep 17, 2005 8:57 pm

Cheers Hill Billy. That gives me something to go on.
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Postby frank » Sat Sep 17, 2005 10:09 pm

Not sure, but I think queroseno is what you want. They use parafina de cera for paraffin wax, but I don't think they use it for the fuel that you are talking about. Might well be wrong though! ;-)
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Postby jpinks » Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:40 am

I bought lighting oil for an Alladin paraffin lamp, but it was the wrong stuff, much too thick and gooey. I have not seen paraffin for lamps anywhere yet, so I'd be interested if you get it. You will find regular paraffin easily enough, but it's sooty when it burns, lighting oil burns clean.
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Postby spanish_lad » Sun Sep 18, 2005 2:48 pm

parafin can be bought in pretty much any "todo", "ferreteria" or any of the usual places - la canada blah blah blah...

its the purple stuff next to the white spirt :)
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Postby jpinks » Sun Sep 18, 2005 6:05 pm

spanish_lad wrote:parafin can be bought in pretty much any "todo", "ferreteria" or any of the usual places - la canada blah blah blah...
its the purple stuff next to the white spirt :)

Except for the fact that it's not lighting paraffin (in my experience).
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Postby silver » Mon Sep 19, 2005 7:55 am

parafina liquido you can find in ferreterias, some drogerias and camping shops
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Postby spanish hopes » Mon Sep 19, 2005 8:30 am

spanish_lad wrote:parafin can be bought in pretty much any "todo", "ferreteria" or any of the usual places - la canada blah blah blah...

its the purple stuff next to the white spirt :)


Would that not be methylated spirits?

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Postby spanish_lad » Wed Sep 21, 2005 11:17 pm

not if it has a picture of an oil lamp on it:)
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Postby jpinks » Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:32 am

Might not be - - - some lamps use meths.
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