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Old 08-02-2017, 07:10 AM
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Default What are your thoughts when smelling glow fuel?

Although I went to gas exclusively I still like the smell of Glow fuel and the memory's it brings back from many years past. Do others have the same memory's, when and what?
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I can't say I really smell it, but the high nitro stuff from many moons ago with the propylene oxide smelled nice. Either way is better than gasoline though, even the diesel with the ether smells better than gasoiline. Well maybe not.
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Smells like Power and unfortunately Money!
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Smiles per gallon. Blown plugs take away the smile quickly.
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I like the smell of castor oil, the synthetic stuff just ain't the same....
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Castor oil and butyrate dope might as well be perfume to me.


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Originally Posted by aspeed View Post
Smiles per gallon. Blown plugs take away the smile quickly.
Yes but plugs last years.
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Originally Posted by Sport_Pilot View Post
Yes but plugs last years.
You obviously never used 60% nitro. Minutes, maybe an hour. I bought a new Virago 920 back in 1983, and thought I would break it in with a bit of castor oil mixed in the gas for the first tank. Had the same smell as the planes.
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Your fault, not the plugs fault.
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Ya, somewhat. There are a lot of two minute flights in an hour. I am sort of glad the rules changed to 10% nitro for the control line speed. Makes things more sane, and they can still go almost 200 mph.
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There is nothing like the smell castor oil in the morning.
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The smell of glow fuel from the 50's is among my favorites. I have long forgotten the ingredient(s) that contributed the distinctive aroma. However, any castor based fuel gets high marks from me. Although I have played with model diesels, I confess not to be a fan of that odor. Oh yes, dope has a smell that produces waves of nostalgia for days gone by. Love it.
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There is a therapeutic effect from the smell of glow fuel. Some extra benefit of castor in the exhaust on cold days keeps your hands warm.

Concerning gas exhaust smell, if you use Klotz oil it has a perfumy exhaust smell that makes it tolerable to the senses. I can't say the same for raw gas, but at least the gas exhaust smells nice.
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It was the smell of castor oil in the air at a Vintage ( control-line) Stunt event that brought me back to the hobby after an absence of many years.
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Originally Posted by earlwb View Post
There is nothing like the smell castor oil in the morning.
I will agree with this!!!! My prob. is getting up so early!
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I like the smell of Wildcat fuel, smells like aftershave. Can't quite say the same for Castor, it makes me want to run to the bathroom for some reason.
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Glow fuel & Nito fumes are very bad for your health....Do not breath them too much at all. Pure gas (rec fuel} is what to use....& and spark ignition is about as reliable as you can get. John
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My friend's aunt just died from cancer from working at gas stations. She owned two. Many natives up north sniff gasoline for a cheap buzz. They often die from it. I don't think either fuel should be considered healthy.
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Here in Oz the aborigines have a big issue with sniffing gas as does Old Fart ! . Having said that I like the smell of klotz . Cool power's smell I dont like .

I forgot to add I like dutch ovens as well !

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The old Fox Missle Mist had perfume mixed in, and smelled pleasant.
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Oh yeah Missile Mist, I used to love the stuff. That was a great fuel too.

Not for huffing though.
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What are your thoughts when smelling glow fuel?
it brings me back to my dirt bike days of the 70s when guys would burn Castrol R Bean oil



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Old 08-05-2017, 07:21 AM
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Byrons is best!
Old 08-06-2017, 02:44 AM
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Now that they bought Wildcat, you can say that safely. I just hope they don't change blending the Wildcat from volume to weight, that would be disastrous.
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Castor smells nice, synthetic burns thy nose. High nitro will burn then owe when burned too, but the oil is the worst IMO. Gasoline is a much stronger carcinogen than glow fuel. I'll never fly gas. Or run r/c surface gas models. Gas in the car and lawnmower only.

Ultimately, glow fuel smells like FUN to me. Gasoline smells like WORK.

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