What is klean-Heat made of?

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  1. City Bound

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    What is Klean-heat made of? I looked on the jug and it did not say and I looked on-line and I could not find an answer.

    I am asking because the warning on Klean-Heat warns you not to use it near a furnace because the build up of fumes from Klean-Heat can ingnite. I have a furnace in my kitchen.

    I thought Klean-heat was a form of parafin.

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    Looks to me like it's a highly refined kerosene,so as to have less odor.Is it cheaper than kerosene?
     

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    That depends on where you buy your Kero. I payed $10 a gallon for klean-heat. My neighbor paid ten for a prepackaged gallon of kero from the store, but he is going to the fill up station to get a gallon of kero for $5 a gallon.
     
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    I have to add this question also: Do you think klean heat is safe to use if you have a furnace in your kitchen? I do not want to blow mysel up.
     
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    I think you'd be safe as long as you don't say the magic words, "Hold my beer and watch ...."

    If you read the info provided, the manufacturer pretty well covered their butt. Vapors travel long distances??? Keep away from electrical outlets??? That tells you, you're on your own when you use it. I'd find a MSDS for kerosene and compare the two. Kerosene isn't that volatile. The stuff you're looking at may be more volatile. What kind of "appliance" is the stuff used in? If it says for kerosene heaters I wouldn;t worry about it unless it really gives off vapors.
     
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    It is made from denatured alcohol. If you light it it burns with an almost non visible blue flame. It has some other things but that is the main ingredient.
     
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    The Material Safety Data Sheet states it is 95 to 100% petroleum.
     
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    It's probably safe to use it near a furnace, but not safe to store it near a furnace. I would think the dangerous fumes would burn off while you are using it. . .

    (There might be a risk of secondary combustion. I have no clue how much of a risk this would be.)

    It would be useful to know you are using the fuel for, and what kind of furnace you have (does it have an outdoor air intake?).
     
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    I want to use the klean-heat for my oil lamps. I am not sure about the air take on the furnace, i will have to find out. The furnace burns natural gas.
     
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    If you have a forced air furnace with supply ducts and return air, just look for the register for the return air duct with a candle flame. That duct will pull air in. If you have a hot water system, the heater will probably pull combustion air from the immediate area.
     
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    It is a hot water system with base board heating. Do you think the urnace would suck in the klean-heat fumes and ignite?
     
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    It sounds like the stuff is very similar to kerosene. Can you open it some where safe and check if it gives off fumes? Is your boiler setup in a closet or open? If it's in a closet is there an outside source of air? Is there a cutout in the door with a grille? How is the heat from the gas burner vented?
     
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    Then it is different than regular Heat the kind you use in gasoline to remove water.