What is Domestic Central Heating Oils / Kerosene
Kerosene is the perfect fuel for a wide range of industries, it’s also one of the most popular ways for off-grid homeowners in the UK to heat their homes. A study in 2011 conducted by Off-Grid Energy found that over 1.6 million UK households were using kerosene to heat their homes.
What is Kerosene/ Heating oil?
Kerosene is often referred to as a number of different names. You may have heard it being called heating oil, lamp oil, coal oil, burning oil, boiler fuel, 28 second, paraffin, kero or boiler juice. But they all refer to the same oil.
Kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon fluid that’s derived from petroleum. It’s fast-burning and is an easily ignitable hydrocarbon fluid that powers heating systems. It’s the most common form of fuel used to heat homes off the grid in the UK. The fuel is largely versatile which can be used for a wide array of applications in many industries.
What are the benefits of kerosene/heating oil?
- it’s much less dangerous than other fuels Can be stored for years –
- as long as it’s stored safely
- Cheap to produce and it’s actually cheaper than gas
- Clean burning with a low risk of carbon monoxide emission
- its one of the more Environmentally friendly Home energy alternatives.
What is kerosene used for?
Kerosene’s uses vary significantly. From heating oils to industrial procedures that require low sulphur fuel such as jet fuel, heating oil or fuel for cooking it is a safe and efficient option to achieve great results. Its clean burning characteristics maintain a high heat output at lower costs. It’s a major component of the fuel used to power planes.
Can kerosene freeze?
Kerosene doesn’t gel in the cold like diesel fuel does. Its flashpoint is between 37 – 65°C and its freeze point depends on its grade – commercial aircraft fuel is standardised at -47°C.
What’s the difference between kerosene and paraffin
A lot of people think kerosene is exactly the same oil as paraffin, however there are a few very subtle differences. Depending on their use, additives are often added. Kerosene has a particularly strong odour whereas paraffin contains additives to reduce the scent. Additives are also added to kerosene for it to be used in home barbeques and the pharmaceutical industry.
Is kerosene safe?
Yes kerosene is very safe! Due to its clean-burning nature, it’s low carbon monoxide and lack of fuel vapour. it will never explode or cause a fire. What’s more, if installed in the correct manner, it won’t output any dirt.
What is the best way of storing kerosene?
To avoid your kerosene becoming contaminated, it must be kept away from direct sunlight and in a cool and dry area that is well-ventilated in plastic and steel storage tanks which will ensure safe storage at your home. We are more than happy to advise you on your home storage, if you have any concerns about the quality of your kerosene tank just give us a call or ask when we are delivering to your address.