Get out the phone book and call gas stations until you find one with a
kerosene pump. There may not be many but there should be a few. Try
http://www.magicyellow.com/category/Kerosene/Cities.html has a list of
distributors--most of them want you to buy 50 gallons or more to get it
directly from them, but they should be able to tell you what retailers they
If you're using it for a solvent then paying Home Depot's ludicrous price
for a gallon can is not all that unreasonable, but I'd be damned if I'd buy
it there to burn.
It's not just HD that's charging these prices. A well known farmer's supply
chain is charging $10 gal in 2.5 gal jugs. Kerosene is so pricey, now,
it's practically killed off the kerosene appliance industry. I had a 28K
BTU kerosene heater, almost brand new. I couldn't even give it away, in CO,
in Winter! Who can afford to feed it? I just tossed it.
If you can still find a Chevron/Standard station with a garage, they'll
probably have bulk kerosene. Problem is, I haven't seen one in 10 yrs.
That's an extinct species.
There hasn't been a gas station with a kerosene pump in SoCal for at
least the last 20 years.
Other than the occasional cook stove and a lamp now and then, can't
think of a single application for kero onboard a boat.
http://www.magicyellow.com/category/Kerosene/Cities.html has a list
The sources shown in that list are by and large commercial fueling
stations which are totally unmanned.
Have never seen a kero pump at any of them.
Here in SoCal you have a thing called SCAQMD, South Coast Air Quality
Management District, which supports itself by collecting fines it
They have made sure that cero is gone except for a gallon or so from
places like Home Depot.
Good grief, they even went after charcoal lighter fluid a few years
That attempt died, but you get the idea.
Izzat right? According to this discussion thread, there are (or at least
were as of 1999) places to buy kerosene in SoCal:
I'm guessing at least *some* of these places still sell it.
(Here in NoCal the number of places that sell kerosene has dropped
significantly. The cheapest place around here is the Rotten Robbie's
over to Hayward, a fur piece from here.)
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Pretty much what I do. My tablesaw lives in the garage of a friend and at
the beginning of the summer every year when I go over for the first time, I
take WD-40 and some 0000 grit steel wool. Touches it up very nicely.
When I come across a site that requires compulsory registration, I
always try http://www.bugmenot.com to see if they have any
login/passwords on file for the site.
Came up with this for the NY Times site:
There are a number of good combinations here.
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