Being fairly new and naive to this mass of lava obsessed people I have been aquiring a small collection the costly way - from Mathmos direct but some from eBay. I wanted a replacement colour for my Lunar (which was the bright green wax with blue fluid) so contacted the Mathmos factory. They informed me that they would not refill my current bottle as they could not guarantee the new wax would not stick to the sides and also that my bulb may not be the correct one for the Lunar. Being uninformed I ordered a violet / red bottle and new bulb from Mathmos.
They arrived yesterday and much as I love the new bottle colour (which ran for 16 hours with no sign of overheating) the bulb they sent me (which I paid £9.20 for!!!!) was EXACTLY the same as the two that I picked up in B&Q at the weekend for £1.48 the pair. Same manufacturere (General Electric) - even the same manufacturing factory in Hungary.
Is this the usual practice from Mathmos direct - to rip off the loyal customer - any advice would be welcome - especially as to where or how I could have my other Lunar bottle refilled or do it myself (I really fancy black metallic wax in clear fluid.
Finally after this diatribe many thanks to thos of you who welcomed me to this site - feels like a good bunch here!