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Offline Dreadnought  
#1 Posted : 04 February 2023 19:02:19(UTC)
Dreadnought

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Years ago, I was often told I could use any smoke fluid with my Marklin Steam locomotives. I have found out, the hard way, this is not necessarily so. I bought a bottle of Bachman smoke fluid. Over time, (years) its consistency has thickened. I have had to clean it out, using Seuthe and Marklin smoke fluids, and run the engines until the Bachman had diluted enough to smoke itself away. Moral of the story, stick with the better quality made for Marklin.
I think I will run any locomotives with smoke fluid until they run dry, rather than leave any residue in the smoke generator as an additional precaution.
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Offline thing fish  
#2 Posted : 04 February 2023 19:16:43(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dreadnought Go to Quoted Post
Moral of the story ...


I take it that Bachmann oil was ok in the beginning ...

I have more than 10 years old Seuthe oil (1 liter pack) that keeps going good. To avoid your smoke oil going thick; keep it in your fridge BigGrin Just try it!

C.

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Offline mvd71  
#3 Posted : 04 February 2023 19:51:11(UTC)
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I have always tried to run my smoke units dry to leave no residue and I have had good results with both the 7226 and 72270 units with Märklin fluid.
If you like using smoke units then I recommend the 1 gauge fluid (bigger bottle).
Offline owidgie  
#4 Posted : 04 February 2023 20:25:23(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mvd71 Go to Quoted Post
I have always tried to run my smoke units dry to leave no residue and I have had good results with both the 7226 and 72270 units with Märklin fluid.

Just a note here, you can't run the smoke unit dry in the new locomotives with the "Dynamic Smoke". You will burn up the element inside and possibly the circuit board that controls it!

Rick


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Offline marklinist5999  
#5 Posted : 04 February 2023 22:12:41(UTC)
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The Marklin digital guy's reccomend karosene too. Also to clean tracks.
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Offline Crazy Harry  
#6 Posted : 04 February 2023 23:54:48(UTC)
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I miss the lemon scented Märklin smoke fluid! When did they stop adding the scent?
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Offline thing fish  
#7 Posted : 05 February 2023 04:50:47(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: marklinist5999 Go to Quoted Post
The Marklin digital guy's reccomend karosene too. Also to clean tracks.


Wow! I didn't know that. Will try asap! Thanks for the info ThumpUp
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Offline 1borna  
#8 Posted : 05 February 2023 20:03:03(UTC)
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Kerosene for lighting smokes nicely and does not damage the varnish, it also cleans the track well and is cheap. I add a little perfume or a little lemon juice to it (not too much because it's an acid)
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Offline KingMarklin  
#9 Posted : 07 February 2023 06:30:00(UTC)
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Yes, I also heard from a Hobby store dealer a few years ago that Kerosene would work just as well as the smoke fluids sold by Marklin or Trix. I have not used the Marklin fluid since! Great Advice from that gentleman dealer, but you would think he would have a vested interest to keep this info quiet from the consumer. LOL!
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