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Old 08-09-2008, 21:18   #1
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hello everyone i have a force 10 kerosene heater in my 27ft catalina. it works great but the question i have is can i use diesel or biodiesel fuel in this heater or am i limited to only kerosene? thanks
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Old 08-09-2008, 21:28   #2
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I think you'll want to stick to kerosene. Good heater, by the way.
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i read somewhere that i could even use naptha white gas fuel . does anyone have any experience with multiple fuels in this heater
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White gas (naptha) is extremely dangerous stuff; I'd keep that crap away from a kerosene stove at all costs.

The problems with diesel (and jet fueld) is that it can have additives that you really don't want to be breathing in. It's supposed to work, and since you're talking about a vented heater it might not be that bad.

Most of my kerosene experience is with lamps and stoves, which both vent into the cabin.
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hello everyone i have a force 10 kerosene heater in my 27ft catalina. it works great but the question i have is can i use diesel or biodiesel fuel in this heater or am i limited to only kerosene? thanks
I don't know if Force 10 offers the option, but to burn a fuel with a different viscosity, you will need to change out the fuel metering valve.

For example, diesel is thicker than kerosene, so you will need to have a larger opening in the needle valve to allow the right amount of fuel through.

If you put other fuels into the heater without changing the fuel metering valve, you will end up with either too little fuel flowing (in the case of diesel) or too much fuel flowing (as in the case of say...alcohol).
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so if i were to be looking for a replacement heater for a boat in the range of 27-35 ft what would be the preferred choice. diesel / kerosene propane ???
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For me it is a no brainer as I would go for the diesel as I usually have plenty in the tank but it will take a bit more maintenance. I think kerosene will burn for years without too much maintenance. Still I would go with the diesel.
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I think the #100004 model may use Diesel & Kerosene. See also Sully's comments about jets & valves re viscosity.
Goto: Force 10 / Heaters p.1
www.force10.com/heaters/index2.html
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Hi I used a Taylor parafin stove/oven for 14 yrs, also still have the force 10 heater. i ran everything on paint thinner. It was usually cheaper than kerosene and a cleaner product. Finally went to propane when I couldn't replace the burners for under $80/ea, we were burning out burners at the rate of 1 every 18 mths. Still miss that stove, it was pretty and WAY safer than propane, especially since my diesel is under the floor. George
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We have both kerosene burners and diesel burners. Sadly we can no longer find burners for the heater. We are investigating other diesel heaters that will fit the spot.
Nice heater, we have enjoyed it but it's time will be coming to a close if we cannot replace the burners.
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Nice heater, we have enjoyed it but it's time will be coming to a close if we cannot replace the burners.
Sorry if this is a bit obvious, but i recently replaced the burner (and got a couple of spares) on my old (but excellent) force 10 after I found someone selling a job lot on ebay.ca
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