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Kero or diesel ?
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Lamadon    Posted 12-28-2004 at 14:31:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all, been awhile ??will kerosene heaters run on diesel fuel (IE: Off Road )because I can get that .15 to .20 cents cheeper than kerosene. they have the same dye in it and it smells the same to me. wanted to ask first dont want too mess up the heater, it keeps my pipes from freezin at night.
thanks for your help.


ASK    Posted 12-28-2004 at 18:36:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
the owner!Folks will argue all day.Wick type heaters,which I know well,will NOT operate properly on diesel or fuel oil,and the wick will be trashed,besides the fumes from the motor fuel additives in diesel.Heater SHOULD be marked as to what fuels are acceptable for safe and proper use.Though very close"cousins" Kero,diesel,fuel oil are NOT the same.

TB    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:41:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this a vented unit. If so I would say a definate maybe. If not I wouldn't recomend it off road desal has o lot higher sulfer content and will stink and give off fumes.

Farmall    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:33:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Plowed garden tonight in shirt sleeves, same as last night. Ran outa gas dangit. Round here, Diesel is round buck sixty, and Kero LAST year ran $2.25 gal

JB    Posted 12-28-2004 at 18:04:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I borrowed an oil fired heater and put #1 Diesel in it once. I have borrowed it since then and even at 50 cent's a gallon difference I will burn kerosene in it. It is not worth it. The plug gets dirty and it smells more. I don't like paying the higher price but as little fuel that you will burn that should not put you in the poor house.

bill b va    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:27:35       [Reply]  [No Email]

i wouldn't recommend it .

JB    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:23:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
For 15 to 20 cents it isn't worth it kerosene burns a lot cleaner

Fawteen    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:06:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes. They'll smell a little worse, and you may need to tweak the air screw a tad to keep 'em from smoking, other'n that, no problem.

RayP(MI)    Posted 12-28-2004 at 17:21:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, they smell LOTS WORSE! Friend borrowed mine and returned it with diesel in it - finally ran it dry out in the yard to clear the diesel out of it. Makes workspace almost un-livable after a short run.

lamadon    Posted 12-28-2004 at 15:45:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
cool it dont mater that it smells or smokes some its down in a root celler thats as airrrrry and "has plenty of ventilation" if ya know what I meen LOL hence the need for the heater to keep the pipes from frezzin when it drops to 0' or below, that seems to be the way its gonna be for a while at night. thanks Keith

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