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K-1 is the type of kerosene you should purchase. K-1 is the best kerosene that you can purchase. It is so clear that it looks like tap water. It is actually a form of distilled gasoline. In other words, it has been purified very well.
Use Pure Fuel
Pure fuel is very important because it keeps the stove or heater running well, the wick clean, and the safety improved. Many problems occur from poor choice of kerosene. Many people do not realize that saving a few dollars is actually very expensive and time consuming, in the long run. The extra effort to get good fuel is totally worth it.
Only Use K-1
Some people try and use K-2 kerosene. This fuel is lower grade and should not be used. Some enthusiasts say to go K-1 or don’t use kerosene at all. This may seem strict, but it shows the importance of using the proper fuel.
How to Spot Bad Kerosene
One way to know, if the kerosene is bad, is that it will have a yellow tint to it. You may also see particulates floating around. If you have doubts, don’t use the fuel. Instead get something clean and clear because it will save you a lot of hassle down the road.
Use a Hydrometer
One way to check kerosene, is to use a hydrometer, to check, for specific gravity. The hydrometer will show kerosene between .79-.81. Each type of fuel has a different weight and that is what the hydrometer checks.
Important Safeguards for Kerosene Appliances
1- If the heater or stove is unvented, make sure that the door is open or the window is open at least an inch. Also, open the door to an adjoining room.
2- Since the heater or stove will get hot, keep it away from flammable items. The suggested distance is at least three feet. Please use some good common sense here. That doesn’t mean you can store a gallon of gasoline three feet away. What it means is do not put household items closer than three feet and more, if possible. This also includes children. The children should be supervised.
3- Put the heater or stove on a level surface. If the surface is not even, it can result in improper combustion, more prone to tipping over, and more prone to leaks.
4- Don’t pick up and move a lit, or still hot, stove or heater. It is unsafe.
5- The only fuel that can be used is high grade K-1 kerosene. No other fuels should be used.
6- Do not refuel indoors. The probability of spilling some kerosene is pretty high. Use a siphon for refueling.
7- Don’t repair a broken stove or heater by yourself. Instead, take it to an authorized repair center.
8- Never remove a cartridge tank while the unit is still burning. Instead, turn off the heater or stove and ,after it cools, then you can remove the tank.