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Old 10-15-2007, 08:13 AM   #1
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Re: Kerosene heat

The only disadvantage or complaint I've had with using the old Kero-sun heaters (we have a bunch floating around) is that the fuel can be more difficult to track down than propane and they need to be level. If you're already leveling for a propane fridge than no big deal, but otherwise it might be a chore.
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Old 10-15-2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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i've never looked when i was driving cross country, but around here kerosene is no more difficult to find than diesel.

there is a lot of energy in a gallon of kero. I have no idea why more of us don't use it as heat in our buses. It's much safer than propane. A bit of spilled kero falls to the floor and smellls icky. A bit of spilled propane not only stinks, it's dangerous.

i was using a fuel oil boiler, and it ran fine on either diesel or kero.

in a pinch if you have a diesel engine you can run it on kero. It's properties are very similiar to diesel fuel. People in countries where fuel tax is several dollars per gallon sometimes use kero in their vehicles. There is apparently a lubrication difference between the two fuels and it's bad for your injector pump long term. But if you ran out of fuel somewhere and needed a few gallons to get to civilization i woulnd't be afraid to use kerosiene, i've done it.

My 1977 mercedes benz owners manual recommended mixing diesel/kero 50/50 in the winter, or to use 70/30 diesel/gasoline. I'm rambling aimlessly, it's time to stop, but i think that kero is a good way to heat your bus.
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Old 10-15-2007, 06:48 PM   #3
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Re: Kerosene heat

I looked into it, but the last time I saw a kerosene pump out here was about 10 years ago. The only place I've seen it lately is in Lowe's in gallon cans for something like 8 bucks a can. Oddly enough I have found kerosene heaters in the hardware store tho' ... go figger ...
I like it more than propane because when it leaks you can see it ...

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Old 10-15-2007, 10:32 PM   #4
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Re: Kerosene heat

i think you would have to find a suitable method of lowing veggie oils flash point from around 300* F closer to keroseines which is near 100*F

flash point is basically the lowest temperature that a liquid will burn at atmospheric pressure.
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Re: Kerosene heat

I should clarify. I don't know that it's any more difficult to get than bulk propane. You can find both, but you need to be aware of where it is available and the hours of operation of the place. Unless you want to buy in small, expensive quantities you just need to do a little planning. I liken it to getting a 20 pounder of propane refilled for $15 versus doing an exchange for $20 and only getting 17 pounds in it. Ever read the small print on those Blue Rhino exchange tanks? Yep, it's a rip off.
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Old 10-16-2007, 01:13 PM   #6
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I think I will go with kerosene myself. I was gonna do wood but built too many cabinets to install a pipe that would look decent.
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Other than the smell I like Kerosene. I personally havn't chose between Propane and Kerosene. Its getting cold I better choose soon. I also like that Kerosene is safer.
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I use a kerosene heater to heat while tailgating. It has worked great for me so far. I can get about 12 hrs per tank, which I think is about 1.5 gal. I have no additional insulation and the interior is still all metal. It helps to arrive already warm tho with the stock heaters running for about 45 mins. or so.
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Re: Kerosene heat

I'm used to using the KeroSun heaters, but is there such a thing as a kerosene "fireplace" out there?
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Update,
I have used kerosene heat for about 2 months now. That probably equates to 15 or 16 nights in the bus and it is great. I have found that most hardware stores around here carry kerosene in bulk.It has not been a problem to get at all. I was going to build a wood stove but I don't see the point now.
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