How to Store Fuel for Kerosene Heaters


Using a kerosene heater can help you save money spent on heating your home. Kerosene heaters are also convenient. They are usually small and portable and can be moved easily from room to room, depending on where you need extra heat the most. Portable heaters are often used to supplement an existing heating system. When using a kerosene heater, you need to know how to properly store the fuel.

Things You'll Need

  • Kerosene heater fuel
  • Fuel container
  • Permanent marker
  • Purchase a new fuel container to store the kerosene heater fuel. Never store the fuel in a used container as this can contaminate the fuel, which can lead to a fire.

  • Check the container before you purchase it to make sure it has a tight seal. If you have any doubt, ask an employee for assistance. Fuel containers can be found at hardware stores, home improvement stores or automotive stores.

  • Use a permanent marker to clearly label the container you store the fuel in. The label needs to say that the container contains kerosene fuel and that the contents are dangerous and flammable.

  • Store the fuel for a maximum of three months. Usually, kerosene heater fuel should only be stored for one to three months. Never use fuel that's been stored for a longer time period.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't forget to empty the fuel that's in your kerosene heater at the end of the season.
  • Keep the stored kerosene heater fuel out of reach of children at all times.

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