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Offline Symon

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UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« on: March 25, 2017, 01:30:11 PM »
Hi all

I've just recently got my hands on a lovely, heavy Archdale 18" vertical mill.

Anywho, I'm in the process of cleaning it up and I'm on to the little oil wells. I've searched all over for oil wicks and the best I can find is a supplier in the US. Great price but the shipping between our two great countries is very high.

Does anyone know of a good UK supplier? There must be somewhere...but I am hearing that oil lamp wicks will do. But this seems to contradict my readings on they need to be industry grade with the right kind of capillaries in the felt :scratch:

Checking the sale section on the forum seemed to show most prices are in ús. So using my ultra detective skills :laugh: I've deduced this is mainly a UK site?

Well, onwards...looking for a reasonably priced operators and maintenance manual

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2017, 02:06:09 PM »
Maybe ???

https://www.completeautomobilist.com/search?query=felt

Go down to Window Channel felt  :thumbup:

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2017, 02:16:35 PM »
Hi Symon, welcome to the forum  :thumbup:

Would you like to pop a thread up in the Introductions section to tell us a little about yourself ?

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2017, 02:42:15 PM »
Thanks Bluechip. They wouldn't work but I have a few leads. Seems to be a gap in the market.

awemawson: Sounds like a plan :thumbup:

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 06:56:17 AM »
Try your local needlework shop.

I normally use embroidery thread for my model oilers. If you need it bigger then tapestry wool is good as that is normally 100% pure wool  :thumbup: You don't want anything with man made (polyester) thread in it.

If you use felt remember it has a grain.

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2017, 11:24:47 AM »
Try Heritage steam supplies .They supply worsted wool
https://www.heritagesteamsupplies.co.uk/lubricators-accessories.html

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2017, 12:54:21 PM »
I'll give you a Jumbo bag of raw wool off the sheeps back if you like - I have a couple hanging about from last shearing. Should make a few million wicks  :lol:
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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2017, 02:15:24 PM »
Pre-loaded with lanolin as well!

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2017, 06:38:30 PM »
hi symon I have sum felt rings I wood say that when cut there 4mm square will that be any good can post a pic if you wish

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2017, 03:21:53 AM »
Iff you only need thin felt Poundland do felts , to stick one the furniture feet to prvent scrathing the floor , easy to cut to size .
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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2017, 02:32:43 PM »
Hi and Welcome I believe someone already mentioned Automobile list but also there are furniture feet pads and I believe Poundland also sell felt.  :thumbup:

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2017, 08:41:58 AM »
I found  very dense wool felt on eBay for applying vinyl signs to vans, pretty cheap but too dense for oilers, perfect for way wipers?

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Re: UK source for oil felt/wool wicks?
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2017, 05:24:56 AM »
Guys, thanks for all the suggestions and offers :D Really appreciate it.

I'm going to buy some of these basic unbleached pipe cleaners as they're used as oil wicks in lamps. I'll test to see if they work and if not it's no major loss. https://artandcraftfactory.co.uk/product/unbleached-pipe-cleaner-coil/

Reckon there's a gap in the market for proper F1 felt machine oilers. Hens teeth :lol: