Advantages of Using Kerosene
Kerosene is a liquid fossil fuel which comes from the refinement of crude oil and can be used for heating homes. There are many advantages to using kerosene in homes which is why it is a widely used fuel source across the country and is therefore delivered by fuel and heating oil companies.
What Are The Advantages Of Using Kerosene?
The two biggest advantages of using kerosene is the cost efficiency and the level of safety that comes with using this fuel. These two reasons alone mean that heating oil companies across the country regularly deliver kerosene to homes, farms and businesses, especially in the colder months.
Kerosene in its paraffin form produces fewer fumes than other fuels and is therefore often considered to be less harmful to the environment than burning coal and wood. However, that being said, it can emit some poisonous gases and if not handled and used properly it can cause damage to the body when inhaled.
But it is not only these key aspects that make this fuel advantageous, as kerosene also has a long lifespan. The shelf life of kerosene can vary depending on the kind of containers you choose to store it in. For instance it, can be kept for a year in a plastic container to equally it can last for up to 10 years when stored in metal containers which obviously need to be kept in dry temperature controlled conditions.
How Should I Store Kerosene?
The conditions that the kerosene is stored in has a large effect on how long it can last, therefore for the best results, it is advised that containers are stored in dry conditions away from rain and sunlight as previously stated needs to be temperature controlled. The metal container chosen also will have to be rust resistant but as kerosene is a non-corrosive fuel, it is safe to store them.
Like many fuels and oils, kerosene is very easy to ignite with it taking something as small as a matchstick flame. This can make it a valuable source of electricity, light and heat if necessary in power cuts, especially for areas that might be harder to get to during the colder months. With most kerosene delivered before the winter months, there is usually enough to last those in these situations.