Trying to buy shellite / solvent 14

Submitted: Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 13:46
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Hi Chaps.

I have been trying to get Shellite in 20ls in Adelaide.

Tried Diggers, cant get it thu them, special order thru bunnings, altho on a search I saw that chips59 was able to get it from them.

Tried BP and shell, both of which forwarded me on to chemical companies who only supply from Melbourne, or are wanting 7/ltr for the stuff.

Anyone out there can help me with some shellite in 20lts below $4/ltr please.

cheers

Trains
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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:06

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 15:06
Last time I bought 20litres Shellite was 15 years ago from Murries servo on Henley Bch rd - had a battle to get it then. That servo hasn't had it since.

I get Shellite or Coleman Fuel from Snowys or Rays. Normal price for 4l shellite is $16.99 and about $14.99 for 4l Coleman. Buy it during the 20% off sales and it works out pretty cheap.
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Reply By: Member No 1- Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 16:41

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 16:41
blackwoods has for 97.01/20litredrum plus GST of course...and in stock i believe
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:33

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:33
I know curiosity the cat, but I am curious, what do you use shellite for in those sorts of quantities?
I know what it is, used to use it years ago in pressure tilly lamps & I think my poor old mum used to use it in her Iron in the early fifties. I recently I asked our local Jayco distributor how they managed to get the second hand vans in their yard looking so good & was told they wash first with truck wash, then dampen a cloth with shellite & rub over the surface. Did it with ours & was impressed with the result.
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Reply By: Krakka - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:47

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:47
Hi trainslux, I buy it from Adelaide Fuel Distributors on Seaford rd Seaford,Ph: 8386 1055. Also have depot at Cavan, Gawler and Littlehampton.
Cheers Krakka
PS. Always in stock, last drum I bought was about $49
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:49

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 17:49
They sell it as Solvent 143
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:01

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:01
thats who else i was trying to think off....but couldnt...old age
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Follow Up By: trains - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:59

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:59
Its now 65, heading down to grab some today.

Thanks mate.

T
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Follow Up By: Krakka - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 18:12

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 18:12
Geez, going up faster than diesel, first drum I bought about 9yrs ago was only $18.00
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 20:32

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 20:32
me thinks water is the next big thing for price hikes
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Reply By: trainslux - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:02

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:02
Thanks Krakka.

will contact them tomorrow and grab some if its around the 50 mark.

I use it in lanterns/ stoves when we go away camping, Used at least 20lts last year, and also use it as a general solvent cleaner instead of petrol as it has less additives in it, and is not as bad.
Suddenly you find yourself low on the stuff and needing more.

Good question tho, what other uses have people got for it.

Trains/ who couldnt re register as Trains as my old email addy dosent work


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Follow Up By: trainslux - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:17

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:17
Just to add, ive restored a few lanterns, and stoves, and an iron or two, and usually give them back to their owners with a full tank.
That gets you thru the stuff pretty quick.
All the tilleys ive restored/ and the ones I use, run on kero, not shellite, but ive seen a few indoor lights that run on shellite, and have a pump, simmilar to a bicycle pump to pressureise them.

Local supermarket used to have it for $2/ ltr, it was the rehochem brand, good stuff, burned well, and smelt ok too :).

These lanterns are great for using in the bathroom in winter, as they give a great light, warm the bathroom, and keep mould away ;)

Plus its great soaking in a bath reading a great book, enjoying a good wine, with the lantern hissing away gently in the corner keeping the place warm.

Trains

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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:22

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 18:22
>Plus its great soaking in a bath reading a great book, enjoying a
>good wine, with the lantern hissing away gently in the corner
>keeping the place warm.

I think you may have encouraged me to take my first bath in about 8 years :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Au-2 - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:57

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:57
Well Trainslux, I find that Shellite is an all round all purpose cleaner. I douse an old piece of cotton towel or rag with a small amount and wipe the relevant object with it. The rag can be washed and used again. Do not use it on Wettex type sponges, as I think it might dissolve them.

No 1 use = wipe the stove/rangehood/wall tiles and surrounds with it after a greasy cook-up, then just a soapy cloth for sparkling clean. Also wipe the floor in front of stove.

No 2 use = grease/oil stains on clothing before washing.

No 3 use = pour on oil spills in garage after filter changes etc., soak up with newspaper or paper towel, oil and stain gone.

No 4 use = remove labels, stickers, glue off new items, walls or whatever the kids have messed up with the above. Removing old ,double sided tape used to drive me mad until I discovered Shellite.

Shellite is my first line of defense in the house and I wouldn't be without it.

I bought 4 x 1 litre bottles for $2.75 each in a supermarket recently.
Sheila.
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Follow Up By: turbopete - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:53

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 08:53
Mike It is not a good idea to soak in a bath of Shellite
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:14

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:14
Just as well I don't smoke! :)
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Follow Up By: turbopete - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 12:37

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 12:37
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Reply By: GerryP - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:11

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 20:11
Hi trains,
I have an older Coleman stove (American model) which can run on either Shellite (white petroleum in American parlance) or Premium unleaded. Apparently, running on unleaded can cause a bit more carbon buildup, but not a huge problem in any case. Premium runs cleaner than standard unleaded.
I run mine on premium unleaded as it's just so much easier to get and so far not had any problems.
Cheers
Gerry
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Reply By: Member - Paul S (VIC) - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:00

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:00
G'day trainslux,

The last time I purchased this product it was called Shell X55. Regrettably for you on two counts as it was in Melbourne, also it was 2.5 years ago.

For Melbourne folk who are interested, I got it from Oilchem P/L in Miller St Epping and paid $2.29/ltr in 20 litr containers in Aug. 2005, ah those were the days; no doubt considerably more expensive now.

You might follow up with a Shell distributor in Adelaide. Will probably need to be in an industrial area as we used it as a degeaser of parts to be heat treated.

Cheers,
Paul
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:16

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 21:16
Could also be known as 'White Spirits'. Very good for getting tar off paint work.
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Reply By: Dave from P7OFFROAD Accredited Driver Training - Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 23:25

Monday, Mar 03, 2008 at 23:25
If all else fails, go see your auto electrician and ask him where he buys his parts wash solvent!

(At least the stuff my auto sparky uses is the same as Shellite) solvent somethingorother.
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Follow Up By: trainslux - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:05

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 09:05
Yer good idea,
I used to use JetA1 in my parts cleaner.

Trains
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Reply By: allblack55 - Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:01

Tuesday, Mar 04, 2008 at 23:01
Hi Trains,

The brand name `Shellite` no longer exists, same product now manufactured by OilChem known as X55 Solvent and it is available in 20 litres via BP depots.

Regards,

Leigh
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Reply By: Ron173 - Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:32

Wednesday, Mar 05, 2008 at 11:32
I use it in my coleman stove and lantern, but find it very hard to source and no cheaper, often dearer than the coleman fuel which has anti corrosion additives in it.

I recently ran out and went onto unleaeed with no noticeable difference except my lantern def burns brighter.

No petrol smell either.

Will still run coleman fuel occasionally to clean as per instructions, but by running out, I'm now a convert to unleaded, something which I would not have previously considered.
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