Ok here is my dilemma, I just bought a new 52 oz lava lamp from spencers online, I've run the lamp several times for a period of over 4 hours and I can't get the lava to flow. Once the lamp is heated the lava only domes on the bottoms and occasionally stretches upward but never breaks off and floats to the top. I believe that this is not a heat issue and that instead, it is a density issue with the liquid in the lava lamp. I know I'm not supposed to open the bottle but it's either add something to the liquid to get this thing flowing or goo kit it.
So my question is what can add to the liquid to get this thing flowing? Salt? Dawn dish soap?
Sounds obvious but make sure there is not ceiling fan, air cleaner, AC/Heat vent, etc blowing past the lamp.
Try relocating it first
^^ Also good points as they are sensitive to environmental conditions.
I'll take your advice and run it a couple more times for an extended period.
Ok, this is the update. I think the issue with this particular lamp was with the coil not coming in full contact with the wax. I ended up returning the lamp to an instore Spencer's and placed an order online for a replacement. I lucked out and got this little beauty. The fluid is crystal clear and the wax is flowing nicely. It's odd how 1 out of 5 of these lamps live up to our standards. Although for 25$ and a little legwork I now have a beautiful teal lava lamp.
very nice still life!
Very nice, I am happy you got a lamp you are happy with :)