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Can you use kerosene instead of home heating oil in an oil furnace?


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2009-08-29 03:44:12
2009-08-29 03:44:12

no one available to adjust can it be used fo a short time or what could happen

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Kerosene and home heating oil can be mixed in a oil furnace. Kerosene is thinner than heating oil. Mixed together will make the furnace burn cleaner.

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Yes, in cold climates, kerosene is mixed at 10-20% with #2 FO to prevent gelling.

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Home Depot carries a lot of things and may very well carry the oil you need for your furnace. They also carry kerosene and other fuels for heating.

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The only time you should place kerosene in a heating system is if it is designed for kerosene.

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Yes you can; According to "FlashOffRoad" "Kerosene is routinely added to home heating oil, in large quantities. The furnace doesn't know, or care. The furnace oil pump does not have the same clearances (they are more crude, greater clearances, lower pressure...) and the kerosene won't hurt them. Most will (and often do) run on straight kerosene--here in NH, if the oil tank is outside, the mix will be either 50/50 or straight kerosene. Kerosene doesn't have the same heat values either, you won't get the same amount of power from a gallon of kerosene as from heating oil, or diesel fuel." See full article for more detail <http://flashoffroad.com/Diesel/DieselFuel/about_diesel_fuel.htm> Personally though, I wouldn't add more than 10 gallons per 275 tank full just to be safe.


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