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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:49 pm 
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I do hope that those growers in the South have not suffered too much during the recent weather and flooding. You will have seen that where I live we get regular power cuts and I use propane gas as backup in one greenhouse and paraffin in the cooler house. Paraffin stocks are running low so I am looking for supplies - looks like inflated price containers from B & Q for £6.80 per 4 ltrs, Ugh.
Anyway, looking at the printing on my final container it says it is Kerosene. That being the case, can anyone think of a reason that I should not just tap my Central Heating oil (kerosene 28 sec) tank for the odd few litres.
My questions are.......Will it work SAFELY in a wick device, and if so, will it produce fumes which are any more nasty or damaging than paraffin?
Supplies of paraffin are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain - gone are the days when one could fill a 5 gallon container at the petrol station, so my alternative is to switch to another device which would have to be another propane expense as the greenhouses are too far away from the oil tank.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 30, 2013 7:53 pm 
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I use kerosene from my house heating oil when paraffin is not handy. I am not convinced they are different. Please note though, I have very few orchids in the greenhouse in winter.

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Its the same stuff. Paraffin is just another name for kerosine.


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Richard I also use paraffin heaters as a backup and switched to using the kerosene from my CH a couple of years ago. I had no problems with it.

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That is most interesting.
I have been in touch with Aladdin who say that CH fuel is, in fact, a different viscosity and would not seep up the wick properly resulting in the wick burning and possible toxic (even black) fumes.
Paraffin is different - BS 2869 C1 and thinner.
Still considering, but very encouraged by your comments - it is only for emergencies, after all. I have also checked modern GH heaters which have not moved forward and still use +/- 4 ltr per 24 hours..............at £6.98 per shot!
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'Heating oil' is not kerosine but is actually heavy diesel. If your burnng kerosine as fuel then its the same as paraffin, if your burning gasoil as fuel then its not paraffin.

Kerosine/paraffin is a light diesel/heavy naphtha cut and would be less viscous than true 'heating oil' which has a much higher boiling range.

The UK uses both kerosine and gasoil as heating oil so you abe to know what your using.


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