|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).
TOH This post was edited by TheOldHokie at 10:27:31 11/15/12.