Kerosene, long term storage ??? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

I have heard that kerosene, stored in a metal barrel will keep without additives. Is this correct ? Anybody know for sure ?

-- reed moore (, May 12, 1999


Kerosene is y2k compliant. It is also y2.001k, y2.002k, y2.003k, y2.004k, etc. compliant.

-- Daryl (, May 12, 1999.

Not exactly. You still need to use either PRI-D or STABIL (for kero) to make sure that it is dried out and does not grow mold.


PS Check in at Chevron's website for storeage hints

-- chuck, a Night Driver (, May 12, 1999.

At Highland Traders we sell PRI products and I have spoken to the president of the company on numerous occasions about just this question. He states that all carbon based products degrade with time. Alot depends on the quality of the raw material that was refined as to how long it will perform at peak quality. I personally would put a preservative in any fuel that I was storing long term to keep my generator or appliances running in optimum conditions. It's insurance for those appliances. Go to my web site and read up on what can happen to engines over time and the degradation of fuels. Hope this is helpful, Diane

-- Diane (, May 12, 1999.

I have had a plastic five gallon container of kerosene for about 18 months and it burned fine in a Kerosen heater - if that is of any help for you.

-- rod (, May 12, 1999.

You might check this out:

Also I once had poured some kero. into an open bucket, set it in a cool spot on my porch and forgot about it! Oops! It had water in it but if I remember correctly the kerosene floated above the water, I skimmed it off and it burned just fine in my lantern (I wouldn't have tried it in an Aladdin but it was ok in my $5 Walmart special!). I definitely don't recommend handling it that way but if you really need it remember that you can usually still use it in cruder/simpler appliances like the cheap lanterns. Good luck!

-- Kristi (, May 12, 1999.

I've used kero that's been stored better than 5 years in both wick-type and Aladdin lamps. It was still clear, no yellowing present which would indicate decomposition. It was kept in the proverbial cool, dark place (cellar). BTW, I've used gas that was the same age to run my garden tractor - straight, not mixed with new gas, either. Stored in similar proverbial CDP, but OUTside. Needless to say, I don'y buy the line about petro products deteriorating under reasonable storage conditions.

-- . (.@...), May 12, 1999.

as a member of a major banks facilities electrical dept. we opted for k1 vrs standard diesel fuel because of long storage benefits of k1.....k1 has fewer btu's per pound by about -5% but its staying power made it an ideal choich for our 40,000 gal storage....besides..if you really need it for a long time there will surely be bigger fish to fry than any slight degradation of your fuel......oby

-- john o'brien (, May 12, 1999.

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