Kerosene in oil furnace

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  1. NYMary

    NYMary New Member

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    This may be silly but.. is it safe to burn kerosene in an oil furnace?? Does it depend on the age??
     
  2. Yankee1

    Yankee1 Well-Known Member

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    Yes it is ok.
    When it starts to get really cold I used to mix the tank #2 and #1(kerosene) keeps it from cangelling
     

  3. morrowsmowers

    morrowsmowers Well-Known Member

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    Kerosene and fuel oil are almost identical. Fuel oil is #2 and kerosene is #1 -- just a little more refined to burn a little cleaner. If you have an outside tank kerosene has a lower freezing point and will prevent problems in the very cold weather.

    Ken & Sue in Glassboro, NJ
     
  4. mink

    mink Well-Known Member

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    mary almost everyone here in new york burns kerosene if they have an outside tank...mink
     
  5. Ed Norman

    Ed Norman Well-Known Member

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    When I had an oil furnace, I would shut it off for a few hours after a delivery, because the new oil stirred up the sediment in the tank. Once I turned the furnace back on and it began to chug and make a low roar. My landlord couldn't find a reason. The oil company owner came out. We drained a coffee can of oil and tossed in a match and it exploded. Turns out I had gotten a load of gasoline for no extra charge.
     
  6. Hip_Shot_Hanna

    Hip_Shot_Hanna Well-Known Member

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    Kerosene Burns a little hotter than oil , to get the best fuil economy you might think to change the burner sprayer , or at least alter the amount of air the combustion chamber gets , squeeze every drop of heat out of the fuil .
     
  7. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Real kerosene has to meet some requirements relating to burning in a wick and not leaving lots of debris in the wick after burning. Regular No 1 fuel oil may not meet those exact requirements--in other words, kerosene should be a good substitute for #1 fuel oil, but #1 may not burn as well in a lantern or wick type kerosen heater.
     
  8. unioncreek

    unioncreek Well-Known Member Supporter

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    If you have an older fuel oil heater you can use off road #2 diesel. The day that they are to deliver I put a jug of Power Service in so it doesn't jell and when they fill the tank it mixes it up good. Check the price I know in my area there's a $.75 difference.

    Bobg
     
  9. michiganfarmer

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    Ive never heard of using kerosene in an oil burner. you learn something new everyday