Can I put kerosene in my furnace instead of heating oil?

Can I put kerosene in my furnace instead of heating oil?

Can I put kerosene in my furnace instead of heating oil?

We have oil hot water and just ran out. No way can we afford the minumum 150 gallons of heating oil at $4.16 a gallon right now. I was wondering if I can put kerosene or anything else in to get us by for a little while?

How much cheaper is kerosene than home heating oil in your area? Or is it that if you get an oil delivery, you have to get a minimum of 150 gallons? If that’s the case, why don’t you try to find a service station that sells Diesel for Off-Road use (meant to be used in Farm Tractors as well as heating systems)? This will be cheaper than the Diesel that is used for trucks and cars. Functionally equivalent, but taxed at a lower rate due to its being used for a different purpose. It might also be referred to as dyed-diesel.

I just took a roadtrip to Maine and saw several gas stations that sold both Highway and Off-Road diesel.

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4 Responses to “Can I put kerosene in my furnace instead of heating oil?”

  1. 07_ShelbyGT500 Says:

    How much cheaper is kerosene than home heating oil in your area? Or is it that if you get an oil delivery, you have to get a minimum of 150 gallons? If that’s the case, why don’t you try to find a service station that sells Diesel for Off-Road use (meant to be used in Farm Tractors as well as heating systems)? This will be cheaper than the Diesel that is used for trucks and cars. Functionally equivalent, but taxed at a lower rate due to its being used for a different purpose. It might also be referred to as dyed-diesel.

    I just took a roadtrip to Maine and saw several gas stations that sold both Highway and Off-Road diesel.

  2. wierd Says:

    I wouldn’t try it because of one reason. The furnace is probably more expensive than that tank of heating oil. I would ask a expert in heating and cooling. Here are some suggestions for you on things to do to keep your bill lower. You should keep your room temperature below 68 degrees. Also if you are going to go somewhere you should turn your heat down so you don’t heat an empty house. Also go to restarunts that have heat and stay all day and talk. I don’t think you should put kerosine in your tank, it would be kind of like putting heating oil in your car. Also try putting on more clothes, sweateres and coats if you are cold in your home.

  3. rockin' randy Says:

    i am glad i saw this question quickly. no you can not. i am a certafied gas tech. this can cause a seriouse situation. weather it is propane, natural gas, oil or kerosene, each heating appliance is made spacificly for what it calls for. i understand that heating gas and oils are going up in price, but i want to save you from an explosion or a fire. please be careful.

  4. Crow-T-Robot Says:

    you must have a boiler not a furnace? because you don’t heat water with a furnace? In the northern, colder states you can use a 50/50 mix of No. 2 and Kero to lower the pour point of oil if you have an outside tank but strait Kero is not recommended.

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