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Old 10-20-2008, 10:28 AM   post #1 of 14
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Default Burning Diesel Fuel in a Kerosene Heater

Is it any worse for the heater or the lungs to burn Diesel Fuel in a kerosene heater.

Its not easy to find straight kerosene but diesel is more common.

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Old 10-20-2008, 10:37 AM   post #2 of 14
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In my opinion, not a good idea. In fact, I don't even know if it will work. Kerosene is something like gasoline, it doesn't need to be vaporized for it to burn clean. Diesel works best when sprayed in a fine mist from a nozzle under pressure. Pour diesel into a bucket and try to light it. You can't. But if you put a rag in it as a wick, then the diesel on the rag will burn because the rag allows oxygen to combine easily with the diesel. If I were you, I'd stick with the kerosene. After all, the stove was tested and certified for use with that fuel only. Using anything else may pose a health and safety issue. The life you save, may be your own.
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Old 10-20-2008, 10:42 AM   post #3 of 14
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I get straight pure kerosene in all hardware store; look in the paint department.


kerosene is a purified derivative of diesel.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:16 AM   post #4 of 14
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Even dirty kerosene isn't good. It contaminates the wick and eventually the wick needs to be discarded. Diesel has to be even worse.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:52 AM   post #5 of 14
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I'll go on a hunt for kero. I wanted to make sure as I have diesel for my tractor already on hand and kero is another trip.

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Old 10-20-2008, 12:23 PM   post #6 of 14
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I go on a hunt for kero. I wanted to make sure as I have diesel for my tractor already on hand and kero is another trip.

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if you can get cheap kerosene, most diesel engines can burn it
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Old 10-20-2008, 12:30 PM   post #7 of 14
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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..


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Old 10-20-2008, 12:44 PM   post #8 of 14
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We have a HOTSY steam cleaner/pressure washer here @ work and run whatever we get, off road diesel/on road diesel/fuel oil/kerosene. I've been told many times off road diesel, fuel oil and kerosene are the same red dyed fuel.
The new on road diesel is different as it supposedly has a lower sulfer content. 15PPM as opposed to 500PPM. Not sure if it really is what they say as my VW diesel still belches the same amount of black soot as it did before the switch, (under power).
I personally can't smell the differnce between any of them, raw or burnt and would doubt most folks could unless told so, just my opinion. All of the above fuels will run fine in a Diesel combustion engine, speaking from personal experience with my VW's and brothers JD3320.
We had a small kerosene heater years ago and burned diesel in it for same the reason your asking, never had a problem.


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Old 10-20-2008, 01:33 PM   post #9 of 14
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Is it any worse for the heater or the lungs to burn Diesel Fuel in a kerosene heater.

Its not easy to find straight kerosene but diesel is more common.

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Old 10-20-2008, 04:31 PM   post #10 of 14
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Is it any worse for the heater or the lungs to burn Diesel Fuel in a kerosene heater.

Its not easy to find straight kerosene but diesel is more common.

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Hi Eric,

I wouldn't do it. Kero heaters are designed to run very efficiently on 1K kerosene and burn cleanly if properly maintained. If they were meant to run on diesel fuel they would.
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:08 PM   post #11 of 14
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I'll go on a hunt for kero. I wanted to make sure as I have diesel for my tractor already on hand and kero is another trip.

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i use in my heater, hope this helps..
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:19 PM   post #12 of 14
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Ask a local gas station manager. Not the teenage clerk, but the manager. Some rural gas stations have k-1 in a pump. You may have to go to a farm supply or fertilizer dealer for it too. it's around, you just have to ask. All else fails, call your local fuel distributor's office.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:48 PM   post #13 of 14
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I moved two months ago out of the city. I'm sure there some in Oak Ridge, NC

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I'd imagine so. K-1 I've seen at TSC, Home Depot and others. I get mine out of a pump at a local gas station, was about $4.50 a gallon.
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