Re: Burning Diesel Fuel in a Kerosene Heater
I have used it in my "reddy heater",and so has a friend in his torpedo heaters,granted it does burn a bit less cleanly and does smell a bit worse as far as the fumes go,but using pure Kerosene in them doesn't seem to be all that much better..diesel seems to give more trouble getting them "lit", and they'll smoke like crazy if it gels up at low temps too...some heaters will "puff out" when diesel is used, and smoke you right out of your shop!..
My friend uses some anti-gel additive in his torpedo heater with diesel fuel,claims it makes it burn more cleanly and prevents clogging,and smoking--but I noticed the fumes are much worse with Anti-Gel in the diesel fuel..makes your eyes water and takes your breath away..
Of course,the correct fuel is Kerosene or jet fuel for a torpedo heater--but finding Kerosene here is a chore,only a few places sell it and they are far away,plus its 6 bucks a gallon,IF you find any!--but I can buy diesel fuel 500' away from my home,for 3.55 a gallon!..
I use my torpedo heater only sparingly,so I dont mind using diesel in it..but I'll admit its not the BEST fuel I could be using in it either!..some brands of heaters seem to tolerate diesel fuel better than others do..some will only smoke and refuse to light properly,others will light up OK,but start smoking and blowing out and smoking shortly after heating up some..others seem to be able to burn anything that resembles kerosene and never give any grief!..
I wouldn't use disel in a kerosene wick style heater or hurricane lamp though..