This topic never fails to get responses - for dedicated large scalers, a discussion of smoke fluid is what a salt lick is to deer.
So the not famous research study I conducted years ago on five brands of smoke fluid is still topical. Get your keyboard ready.
Basis for Study: Five LGB motionless locomotives were used with their LGB (Seuth) smoker at the ready. Each loco received one of the five brands of smoke fluid and were activated simultaneously with 15 volts from an excessive 15 amp power system.
Criteria of Measurement: Each was timed for smoke duration. Each was noted as to what smoke fluid remained, if any, when the smoking ceased. Each was subjected to the assessment of smoke plume density.
Products in Study: Off-the-shelf products included LGB’s pricey elixir, Aristo, Bachmann, San Val (now defunct), and WalMart’s lamp oil.
Outcome: As to duration, LGB and the lamp oil were within a minute ahead of the others. Smoke plume density was similar to all. A cry of exclusion was made when the five were favored and Department 74’s smoke fluid was declined. Since is was Christmas time, Department 74 (or is it 54?) had displays of their huge inventory of Christmas buildings and the fluid was available. It was thicker in viscosity yet performed similar to the others.
Assessment: All of this nonsense added conversation to why not buy the lamp fluid or lamp oil or whatever the brand calls it. For certain it is much cheaper! For certain, the product NOT to use is Tiki Torch fluid – because if will do as advertised and burn!