Years ago, working for the highway dept. we used it to start brush
fires. Poured it in a used tire with some rags then lit it. At times
when the fire was sluggish, dumped it right on.
Oh, those were tha days.
Bob in Oregon wrote:
Kerosene is a petroleum product very similar to jet fuel, diesel fuel,
and home heating oil.
I use it to remove cosmoline, heat the shop, degrease bicycle chains
and machine parts, lubricate burnishing tools on scrapers, and many
At work, we power our huge emergency diesel generators with it, as
it's cleaner burning than diesel. Kerosene produces slightly less
power than diesel fuel, and the engines need to be retuned (once) to
burn it, but it keeps the EPA and neighbors happy.
I buy it 5 gallons at a time at local gas stations, and at the end of
the heating season, I dump the remainder in my home fuel oil tank, a
practice endorsed by both my independent burner service dude and my
oil provider. Kerosene can go stale in time, making burning it a bit
stinky. Fresh fuel burns much cleaner with very little smell.
Water white K1 kerosene is much cleaner burning in stoves and lamps
than the dyed version.
When my grandmother was a kid she used to work summers peeling bark from
spruce trees destined for pulp mills. Anyway they used to mix kerosene with
bacon fat/grease and rub it on themselves as a mosquitoes/ blackfly
Kerosene is a definate cure for head lice. Had to once for my daughter
because nothing else was working. Purely safe enough if you are
careful. Just do it the same way you do a treatment. Kill lice and
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