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Re: OT: kerosene in a diesel motor

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11-15-2012 10:26:31

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tn8n said: (quoted from post at 13:43:47 11/15/12) totally off the wall question here, but i just overheard something on my CB and it made me think.

a semi on the interstate in front of me was smoking like crazy and another trucker said to him "what the h did you do, fill that thing with effin kerosene?"
so anyway it made me wonder, would a diesel motor run, albeit poorly, on kerosene? (maybe i should stop thinking so much!) seems like my wife tells me i don't think enough most of the time.

Short answer - they will run and run fine on kerosene. Kerosene and #1 diesel are basically the same thing with #1 diesel being a slightly heavier distillate (16 vs 12 carbon atoms per molecule) and a slightly higher cetane number. It is not uncommon for diesel engine manufacturer's (my Kubby for example) to specify kerosene or #1 diesel for extremely cold weather use and #2 diesel for summer use. Over the road fuel also has to conform to a number of EPA standards and most pump kerosene won't make the grade. Plus it isn't subject to road tax and using it as a motor fuel in over the road vehicles is illegal (and expensive if you get caught).
This post was edited by TheOldHokie at 10:27:31 11/15/12.

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11-15-2012 18:14:07

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 Re: OT: kerosene in a diesel motor in reply to TheOldHokie, 11-15-2012 10:26:31  
I'm a retired trucker and up here in cold country our tanks are filled with 50/50. Fifty percent #1 and fifty percent #2. Diesel will get thick in cold weather but will still flow. But your filters will fill up with slush and will stop fuel flow.

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