I just want to say that, if running it, filtering it, replacing the liquid, and/or liquid-swapping it don't work...I'll buy it off of you if you want. :p
But honestly, if all else fails, I would keep it and kit it.
It is possable to filter a collous but it really is a monster job, check out this disscusion on how Matt filterd his collousous.
If I were to do it I would get a number of the filters he used, some kind of massive container (i.e. plastic oil drum thing) and a bucket for the wax as well as somwhere you can do the project in.
It is also advised to think about getting one two china 52oz lamps to replace some of the fluid and wax lossed in the process.
I would filter it with the MSR Filterpump, but it will take much time to filter it ;) matt needs 7 hours.
You could also just make your own liquid .. That would be "easier" i think .. You just need some Destilled Water, SLES and Glycerin/Propylene Glycol/Fog Juice .. :)
Oh, sorry, I missed this. And no, I'm way over here near Atlanta. :p I would be way more afraid to mess up someone else's lamp than to mess up my own!
I AM SO AFRAID TO MESS WITH IT! I almost feel like I would rather sell it to someone who won't mess it up, then trying myself.. But I am gonna give it a long time to clear on its own... I suppose you aren't local to So Cal are you... I've seen what you can do and I'd sleep well knowing I could commission you for the job. :)
but dont loose money on a cheep filter ;) The MSR is the best one and you will get the best result with this one... this is my opinion ;)
I wouldn't touch it...for now. Run it for 1-2 months and see what happens. Matt is indeed the only person on here who owns and runs one of these (that I know of), so you're right to ask him questions.
Don't open it!
And yes, take it from someone who bought a cheaper filter... it wasn't worth it. MSR is the way to go, but it's going to take FOREVER to filter that thing.