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Old 27-08-2022, 12:52   #1
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Mixing kerosene with diesel

I'm removing a kerosene cooker (taylor030) from my boat and will have about 3 gallons of kerosene left over. For ease of discard can I mix the kero with 10 gallons diesel?

FFI, I will likely be posting the Taylors 030 on the selling forum next week.

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Old 27-08-2022, 13:11   #2
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

You will reduce the natural lubricity of the diesel by thinning it. Will it cause significant wear on components? I guess that depends on the current condition of your engine. It is a method used in extreme cold to ensure the diesel doesn’t gel. Personally I wouldn’t risk it with my diesel since there are plenty of ways to dispose of unwanted kerosene.
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Thanks, dispose it will be.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

Running 13 gallons of mix won't hurt any diesel.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

Why "dispose"?
It makes an excellent cleaner for varnish/paint brushes, before they are wrapped-up to be put away.
Also, can be used in a tray for all sorts of parts cleaning, (like winch bearings,) to name just one.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

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...It is a method used in extreme cold to ensure the diesel doesn’t gel...
That was my first thought. Not sure what you call "extreme" cold but here in the Northeast diesel fuel will gel if they didn't add something like kero to prevent it. Not sure of the ratio though. I assume you could find out and mix accordingly.

Also in the Northeast, a lot of homes are heated with heating oil, which is essentially the same thing as diesel. And again, a diesel/kero mix, or even straight kerosene, is used for outdoor tanks. So that would be another way to use it rather than dispose of it.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

And an oil furnace burner is nothing more than a spray nozzle and igniter so way more forgiving than an engine. Plus most of the tanks are over 200 gallons so a couple gallons of kero won't matter at all.
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You will reduce the natural lubricity of the diesel by thinning it.

you could add some lubricity booster if you're worried. they sell it at the fuel docks here, or any truck stop will have it — i use stanadyne myself, but there are many, many brands.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

I wouldn't worry about it at all, just pour it in and use it. During really cold weather we've used as much as 10% gasoline with some of the biodiesel blends to keep them from gelling up with no harm or excessive wear ever noted with our engines.
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Re: Mixing kerosene with diesel

Kerosene is a far better solvent for cleaning parts in that it leaves an oily film on the surfaces which tends to prevent flash rusting.

It's also a great solvent for cleaning brushes and when I remember to do it I soak new brushes in it before using them with paint. It makes them much easier to clean thoroughly.

I don't have anything which runs on kerosene but I keep a bottle of it anyway. Mixed with lard it was once the mixture used for delousing chickens and I have known old timers who took a table spoon of it with breakfast. I never asked them why but it was probably to combat worms or something.

A 3 in 10 mix should be OK to burn in a diesel, if you want a bit more lube you could always mix a little engine oil into it. Most motor fuels are a mix anyway depending on how good the fractional distillation of the crude was in the refinery.
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