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OT Fuel Oil Heater

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by TC, Nov 24, 2011.

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  1. TC

    TC TS Member

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    Found a nice old parlor stove for my shop. It uses "fuel oil". What is the difference between fuel oil, kerosene, and diesel fuel? Are they interchangeable? What can be used in this thing?
     
  2. ctreay

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    Does it have a gun like a furnace or is it just a potburner? If it is a potburner I would say kerosene. If it has a gun my furnace fuel is marked as high sulpher off road diesel.

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  3. need to shoot more

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    I am not sure on the diesel but kerosene is a little more refined than heating oil 1 gallon is about 140K BTUs of heating
     
  4. Claydotter

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    If it`s a stove, you want to use #1 fuel oil which is Kerosene.

    A Furnace usually uses #2 fuel oil which is Diesel Oil as ctreay says.

    It might say on a plate somewhere on the heater.

    Regards, Pete
     
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    There's another way to look at this.

    When lighted, as in with a match, kerosene will self-sustain the flame (think kerosene lantern), Diesel fuel/heating oil will not (that's why oil burners have a pump and nozzle and an igniter).

    Thus if there is no burner nozzle assembly (the 'gun' per ctreay) it most likely needs kerosene.
     
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