Can I put Road Diesel in my Kerosene furnace?

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Old 01-02-14, 08:47 AM
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I'm in the middle of a massive snow storm, and the closest gas station only sells road diesel. No Kero pump. There is one three towns over, but I'd risk life and limb trying to get there. If that is what I have to do I will, as it will be -15 below tomorrow morning.

When we bought this place, we were told we could burn either oil or kero or a mix. I've only ever burned Kero.

It's a "Miller" furnace, circa 1980 ish.

How different is diesel? Would mixing diesel and whatever is left of the Kero in the tank blow my house up? lol

My furnace is spitting and sputtering so I know it's almost empty, and the kero man can't get to me till Monday.

Any help is most appreciated.
 
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Old 01-02-14, 12:25 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I am not an expert in this field and just comment from experience.

Miller furnace ? A fan forced oil fired furnace type used in a manufactured home ?

You can run diesel in your oil burner with no problem.
Kerosene has a lower clouding/gelling temperature than diesel fuel but since there is already kero in the tank you should be ok.

I'm guessing that you'll only put in what you need for now as road diesel is taxed and more expensive than home heating fuels.
 
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Don't let the pilot go out if it's the kind I'm thinking of. First house I lived in was a mobile home with a 55 gallon drum outside. I had no idea how long it would last. After waking up to frost on the walls a couple of times, I learned to put a stick in there. Cold fuel is hard to reignite.
 
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tinmantu... can you explain further ? Pilot light.... on an oil burner ?
 
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PJmax: Tinmantu is refering to a pot burner not a gun type furnace.

Trisha: The diesel won't hurt your furnace at all.
 
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Old 01-02-14, 03:17 PM
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The diesel should already be a winter blend, but if it's going to be -20, you might want a fuel additive to be sure it doesn't gel up in your tank. I would think the local gas station would know what their fuel is rated for.
 
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