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As one of the cheapest sources of energy, Paraffin is used by millions of people in South Africa as well as Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. Although mostly used for domestic purposes, such as cooking and heating, paraffin also plays a role in industrial environments. With many sources of energy to choose from, Illuminating Paraffin remains a popular choice due to its inexpensive nature as well as the appliances that it is intended for.


More About Paraffin

Paraffin is a name used to describe a number of different things. Kerosene, paraffin wax, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, alkane and liquid paraffin are all related to the general name paraffin and are many times even interchangeably used. The most popular types of paraffin are liquid paraffin and wax paraffin. Paraffin suppliers are constantly busy in South Africa, where paraffin is such a popular product and is used in numerous industries and is a staple in many households. Local paraffin suppliers can be found in every community and most petrol stations will be able to supply liquid paraffin. South Africans rely on paraffin for many things including cooking and to provide lighting to a home. And during those months of loadshedding, paraffin has been a saving grace to many who would normally have access to electricity but found themselves in the dark.

The most commonly used paraffin in South Africa is the liquid paraffin, more specifically kerosene, and it is not only being used for cooking and lighting but is also a common product in the cosmetic industry and in the medical profession.


Liquid paraffin, the type you are thinking of, is not exactly what you think it is. What we South Africans call paraffin is actually just another of the many relatives in the paraffin family. In most countries around the world liquid paraffin suppliers sell to those industries mentioned above as well. Liquid paraffin is a refined mineral oil. This is not the paraffin that you are using to light lamps and cooking appliances. The paraffin that is used as a fuel for burning, and the type of paraffin mostly supplied by Diesel Supply Logistics, is known as kerosene.

Product Properties

Property: Appearance Units Limit Requirements: Clear, free from water suspended matter,
sediment and other Impurities.
Colour Saybolt min +25
Density @ 20°C kg/l Report
Distillation °C max 280
FBP % v/v max 2.0
Residue  –
Flash Point, Abel °C min 43
Sulphur Content mg/kg max 500
Burning Test, Char Value mg/kg max 10
Copper corrosion, 3hrs @ 50°C. ASTM scale classification  – max 1
Conductivity pS/m min 100
SARS mg/kg min 20

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