Kerosene, home heating oil, diesel fuel, K-1, jet fuel and a host of other petroleum-derived fuels, have very similar properties. They are all tailored specifically for the task at hand, whether it is to power a jet engine, run a big rig or heat your house. In a generic sense, however, your furnace doesn't know the difference between any of these types of fuel. In fact, many winter blends of home heating oil are oil and kerosene in a 50/50 mix because kerosene is thinner and therefore flows easier during the coldest days.
Things You'll Need
- Kerosene--Either K-1 or K-2
- Fuel oil tank
- Kerosene container
Fill a container with kerosene from any local supplier, or buy it already packaged in a container from your local hardware store.
Open up the fuel cap on your home oil tank.
Pour the kerosene into the tank, and close the cap. Your furnace will burn it just fine.
Tips & Warnings
- Kerosene is more expensive than home heating oil and gives off less BTUs of heat; therefore, in a purely practical sense, it does not make any sense to burn it straight in your home heating oil tank. For an emergency or stop-gap measure, it will work just fine, but realistically, for the price, it's better to stick with home heating oil.
- K-1 kerosene is essentially the filtered kind and is less sulfuric then K-2. K-1 does not need a flue to burn because it gives off very limited sulfur fumes, but you must properly vent your home heating situation when you burn K-2 kerosene, or the results could lead to asphyxiation and death.
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