Low sulphur diesel really is thin compared to the earlier stuff, and much closer to paraffin.
I used to have one of those Chinese Anchor
lamps (like a Tilley). 500w of light (sunglasses to read with it) and also 500 w of heat, on paraffin.
Got snowed in and unable to get some paraffin one day, so tried some low sulphur central heating oil
(what's now sold as diesel, but with lubricant added to lube the injector pump
, without which the injector pump
soon dies - one reason I wouldn't use CNG as fuel in a diesel engine
, as even in a petrol engine
, you need switch to use petrol in it pretty regularly, to make sure the valves get some lube) in the Anchor.
A bit brighter, and a bit warmer was the result, so used that (much cheaper than paraffin) until the Anchor died, about 10 years later (could have rebuilt it, but was a lot cheaper to buy a new one).
Rather than a drip type high temperature heater, I think I'd prefer one with a wick that burns the fuel, then it is easy to turn it very low or turn it up, as needed? Probably uses a bit more fuel, but for cheapness and reliability
, plus ease of maintenance
and repair, would seem to make a lot more sense to me (can always carry spare wicks).
I've enjoyed cooking with propane for over 30 years now, and that's what I'll be sticking with.