View Full Version : k1 kerosene question

09-02-2005, 10:47 PM
Does anyone know if we can burn k1 kerosene in our 24 valve motors ?? I was thinking of mixing diesel fuel with kerosene to cut down on fuel costs, kerosene here right now is around 2.15 a gallon. I wouldn't want to do anything to hurt the motor though.

09-02-2005, 11:20 PM
I was talking to a local oil delivery company about getting a tank of off road diesel up at our shop to run in our equipment. He said I already have it...in our heating oil tanks. Apparently they only use 3 different fuel "blends" dived up as follows:
-Taxed diesel fuel for gas station sales.
-Dyed off road diesel which is also the same stuff they deliver to homes to use as heating oil, if the oil tank is in the basement and doesn't get too cold.
-Kerosene, for sale at the pumps for kero heaters, etc. They also use it for home heating oil for anyone with tanks outside that could freeze, since its blended different, allowing use in cold weather without gelling.

In winter months, the company blends off road diesel with kero to keep it from gelling in the cold. Depending on expected temps and the exact time of year, the mix can be as strong as 50/50. So if i were to buy off road diesel to use in a site truck or tractor in January, I would be getting 50% kerosene.

I'm no expert on fuels, just telling you what the oil company told me.


09-03-2005, 12:23 PM
yep, atleast around here you are correct. Home heating oil is still dyed red, and is the same thing as of road.

Robert P
09-03-2005, 01:33 PM
so what you are telling me is that i can mix kerosene and #2 diesel in my 05 and not have any issues?

09-03-2005, 02:01 PM
I believe that kero doesn't have the lubcerating prorerties that regular diesel has..... so if you are daring enough to run it be sure to dump in a little more powerservice.... Others please chime in on this....

09-03-2005, 02:02 PM
There is already another thread on this same subject:


09-03-2005, 02:19 PM
A piece from the website below.

Some petroleum products have similar, but not identical, specifications and physical properties. For example, No. 2 fuel oil and No. 2-GT gas turbine fuel are similar to No. 2-D diesel fuel. And No. 1-GT gas turbine fuel oil, Jet A Aviation Turbine Fuel, and kerosine, the product specifically sold for use in lamps and stoves, are similar to No. 1-D diesel fuel.

The specifications for each product are developed to ensure that it is suitable for the intended use. The fuel properties needed to keep a lamp burning are not nearly so stringent as those required to keep a jet aircraft aloft. Products with similar physical properties should not be used interchangeably without a complete understanding of the requirements of the intended use.

More than you ever wanted to know about diesel fuel here.


09-07-2005, 01:04 PM
Well the way I see it, our same engines are used in a variety of "off road" equipment, like heavy equipment, commercial generators, pumps, etc. In some of these applications (like pumps and generators) our engines have to run at max power 24/7 for extremely long periods of time. What do they run in them? Off road or kerosene. The stuff can't be TOO bad for our engines. I have to say, more than once I accidentally put the *wrong* fuel in my truck. Its easy when i save 50 cents a gallon or more! I also don't feel too guilty getting back some of my money thats stolen from me to pay for drunk bums who use their checks for beer and cigarettes.


09-08-2005, 06:04 AM
No advantage to run kerosene her in AZ-as its higher than #2-$3.25 a gallon-versus $2.99 for #2!