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hey guys, got a guy around town who is buying kerosene instead of #2 diesel. diesel is 4.10 here and kerosene is 3.60.what do ya think. his truck is a 97 12v.
 

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i had a friend that did that on his 92 ctd. It puked out white smoke like crazy for awhile. He didn't do it again after that.
 

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he said it didn't have as much power but he was willing to sacrafice that for the savings in fuel.
 

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Kerosene has no lubricity at all.
 

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not much point...

The kerosene may cost less, but it has less btu versus good ol #2. Which means its going to have less power and get crappier fuel economy.

Best off just running diesel, in the long run its not going to save much if anything to run kero
 

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You'll need about a 50:1 mix with two stroke or non-detergent motor oil to replace the lubricity that isn't present in kerosene. You'll lose about 15% in fuel economy.

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Kerosene wont harm your engine, it just may run with a little less power unless you add a small amount of oil of some sort(like Ops said). way up north kerosene is called #1 Diesel because it doesnt gel like #2 Diesel which we have down south,
That is to best of my knowledge.
 

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ran kerosene in the lawn mower couple of years ago, just one tank. it died! smoked like a freight train and had zero power after that
 

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There is also the legal matter of road tax.

Kerosene has 135 KBTU/Gallon
#2 Diesel has 139.2 KBTU/Gallon

The reduced energy content, the reduced lubricity, and the reduced gel point are all a function of the reduced paraffin content. Kerosene for heaters probably has much of the sulfur refined out which would also reduce the lubricity.

vlancaster, Running kerosene in a gasoline engine is much different than running it in a diesel engine. The poor carburation can cause cylinder wash, the low octane equivalence can cause detonation and break things, and the lower flame constant can burn exhaust valves.
 

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Kerosene wont harm your engine, it just may run with a little less power unless you add a small amount of oil of some sort(like Ops said). way up north kerosene is called #1 Diesel because it doesnt gel like #2 Diesel which we have down south,
That is to best of my knowledge.
I beg to differ! Also #2 is not just in the South. It's a nation wide fuel mix.
Kerosene is a parrifn based distillate and is similar to and similar to #1, but it's not #1, Kerosene is a jet fuel commonly reffered to as JP8. Although more crude than strait #1 but very similar, jet engines have an extremely high compression ratio and burn kero more effectivley and its cost effective to . Although in theory Diesel is a byproduct of Gas, gas has to be made first to get diesel. It's the Bock Beer of fuels! it is made off of gasoline but we still pay for the unitentional byproduct.

Diesel is a distallate of Fuel Oil going from #1 to #2 after an additional boil down, diesel is derived off the top of boiled fuel Oil.. I could go on but still, If you could run Kerosene in your rigs, then they would say Flex fuel or multi fuel. Go ahead and do it. But I wont.

Just my .02
 

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Yeah, I wouldn't do it your only talking about a 12% savings. Unless you fill up 3 times a week or something...
 

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I've ran kerosene in my 12v but just to make it to the store to fill up. I didnt notice any power difference. Where at in Tennessee are you located?
 

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Kerosene will destroy your injection pump over time. The fuel lubricates the pump, and Kerosene has virtually no lubricity. The energy content difference is negligible, but there IS a way to reliably, economically run it. Mix some biodiesel in it. Bio is like the DEFINITION of lubricity. Two stroke oil will work, but it's expensive. I just bought a 6 pack for $18, which is 6 pints. $18 will get you about 4 GALLONS of biodiesel. Of course kerosene is illegal to run in an on road vehicle, but hard to get caught if it's not died red. Beware of experimenting with other lubricity liquids, some will "coke up" your injectors. For instance automatic transmission oil.

Turbine engines have a "compression ratio"?
 

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this guy is a joke anyway so i take what he says to be bs anyway. i'm located in cookeville.
 

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Joke? BS? Like what?
 
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