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    Exclamation OOPS! Bought kerosene, not diesel

    Hello all! In my latest entry, filed under "stupid things" I bought 5 gallons of kerosene instead of diesel.

    That being said, the kerosene (and a bale of hay) DID get my brush pile gone. I wanted to split the 5 gallons between the hay bale and the tractor- top off the tank to ensure I had enough to tend the fire and whatnot.

    Anyway, I didn't put the kero in the tractor tank- at the time, the tank was a bit above half full, and now it's just above 1/4 tank. After doing some reading I think it would be ok to add a little bit at a time (5:1 maybe?) and double up on the Howe's additive to put back the lubricity into the fuel the kerosene doesn't have.

    I really don't have any other use for kerosene- I use propane for my garage heat. Will it clean chainsaw chains? Paintbrushes?

    Anybody with experience feel free to chime in. I don't want to keep it around, but I don't want to waste it either.
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    At one time I mixed used motor oil and kerosene to paint horse fence. Works real well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMMAC View Post
    I really don't have any other use for kerosene- I use propane for my garage heat. Will it clean chainsaw chains? Paintbrushes?

    Anybody with experience feel free to chime in. I don't want to keep it around, but I don't want to waste it either.
    Do a few Google searches. Kerosene is an excellent cleaner, especially on chains.
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    I'm not suggesting you do or don't do anything but I did have a Kubota that got its tank filled with kerosene by an employee on accident. Other than the exhaust smelling like kerosene the tractor burned it without any noticeable difference. Although I would have preferred he hadn't of done it, he learned a lesson about fuel and all was fine.
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    If you heat with fuel oil you can put the 5 gal of kero in the fuel oil tank.
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    Years ago when I was running a fleet of trucks we used 50/50 kerosene - diesel blended fuel in the Winter. The trucks cold-started fine and ran with a bit more power and less smoke. That was then and some things have changed. I wouldn't hesitate to blend your remaining kerosene with diesel fuel to use it up.
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    Not sure what tractor you have, but a diesel engine should burn kerosene just fine. I heard about a guy with a diesel truck that ran out of fuel- he filled up with kerosene and went on his way. Another guy I heard about ran out of diesel out in the middle of nowhere, and the station wouldn't sell him kerosene for his truck, so he bought a couple gallons of corn oil at the convenience store and used that until he could get diesel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    ...bought a couple gallons of corn oil at the convenience store and used that until he could get diesel.
    I'm not doubting you, but will this really work?
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    You can use it in the winter time if you mix it diesel 60/40 kerosene. I do. Make sure to add some diesel fuel lubricant. I run kerosene mix in the winter. Try to run it out before the weather turns hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titleist1 View Post
    If you heat with fuel oil you can put the 5 gal of kero in the fuel oil tank.
    Maybe 9MMMAC could find someone local that uses those free standing kerosene room heaters and sell the stuff.
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