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Posted by ben10ben
on Wednesday, November 24, 2004 9:02 PM
Smoke fluid falls under the category of "mineral oil", which is a step up in molecular size from lubricating oil, or "light petroleum distillates". Most lubricating oils are C12-C16(that's the number of carbon atoms per molecule), and mineral oils are generally C16-C20. The larger the molecules, the higher the intermolecular forces, which mean higher vaporization points, and higher viscosity. In other words, the light petroleum distilates that make up 3-in-1 oil have a lower vaporization point that the mineral oils that make up smoke fluid.