Diesel in Torpedo heater made for Kerosene?


Old 12-29-07, 07:49 AM
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Diesel in Torpedo heater made for Kerosene?

Hi guys, I found this forum about a month ago and thought it would come in handy sometime.
I'm tired of being cold in my garage and also tired of going to get my propane bottles filled..
I want to get something that runs on diesel. It's relatively cheap and easy to find.
I know they have torpedo heater that run on kerosene or diesel but I don't really want a jet engine running in my garage. I found this heater at Lowes http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...5SS&lpage=none
It says it makes half the noise of conventional torped heaters but says to not run it on diesel because diesel is not pure enough.
I don't want to pay $7 a gal for kerosene and also have the hassle of having the limited # of places that sell kerosene. If it's only a matter of cleaning the heater more often using diesel, I'll go a head and buy this.
Has any one else ran diesel in a heater made for kerosene?
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Old 12-29-07, 08:22 AM
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Get larger propane bottles?
Old 12-29-07, 09:11 AM
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Thumbs up Welcome to our forums max49!

This type of ventless heater although approved in some areas is not the most healthy device to have in an occupied area.
They do burn relatively clean but considering you are breathing its products of combustion you should not under any circumstances use anything other than the recommended fuel.

Ventless heaters including propane ones are very popular because of their low cost and not equipped to be vented to the outdoors which saves needing a chimney.

They do however get a bad rap in heating circles because even though they are in wide use they are not approved in all areas.
Their downside is that you are still breathing a small amount of the products of combustion and they raise the humidity level in the space which can cause anything metal to form a fine coating of rust if you are in a cold climate.

I personally would explore a better way of heating this space.
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Thanks for the welcome and advice.
Geeze, these forum are almost too big. I had a heck of a time finding this thread again.
I talked to friend who said he tried diesel in a heater made for kerosene. He said it seemed like it was burning pretty clean until he shut down the burner and the fan continued to run while it cooled off. He said it was then that he got some smoke in his garage and it was burning his eyes and front got quite a bit of soot on it. He said it did'nt do this with kerosene and he dumped the diesel out.
I decided to get the multifuel torpedo http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...5CT&lpage=none and I leave the garage door open a couple of inches and so far the only thing that bothers me is the noise. It seems to burn clean , even with diesel.
I'll see how I like it in a few days
Old 12-29-07, 06:23 PM
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Diesel vs Kerosene

You may get away with the diesel for a while but sooner or later, it's going to give you trouble. Many convenience stores here have kerosene pumps & the price is comparable to diesel.
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Originally Posted by max49 View Post
I don't want to pay $7 a gal for kerosene

Over the years I've purchaced kerosene in several states and it is usually priced 50-75 cents above regular gas price.
You aren't pricing/buying it and the container together are you?

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