I have a kerosene galley
stove and oven
on board as well as a small Sigmarine boat heater. All can run on regular kerosene and it is the fuel
that most of the wick type lamps are designed to burn. Works great in Aladdin lamps too, which put out far more light that a wick lamp.
The Aladdin is the equivalent of a 60-watt bulb if all is clean and the wick trimmed correctly. The mantles are delicate and not cheap
Jet A(JP-4) is about the same thing as kerosene and works well. Number one heating oil
will work, it’s about the same as number one diesel
and that burns fine too.
I buy kerosene from my local bulk dealer for less than three dollars a gallon. Smells a little like kerosene. Then again it smells a little like a boat too!