Last-minute thoughts on kerosene.
K-1 clear kerosene is the best lamp and wick-type heater fuel I have used. The kerosene with red dye (even K-l) has given me large carbon deposits on the wicks and more soot when lighting and extinguishing. Lamp oil is mostly paraffin and has not "wicked" well for me, and is more expensive for the amount of light given. Diesel fuel of any grade is just not good in lamps or wick heaters at all, in my book. Diesel fuel will actually grow bacteria in storage if not treated.
--Maki Serkahn, email@example.com
COUNTRYSIDE: In response to "rejuvenate kerosene," July/Aug. 2006, pg. 20. I have never used old kerosene, but years ago I often used old gasoline from cars being strapped out.
Old gasoline smells different and is described as being "varnishy" and will gum up the needle valve in a carburetor if used too much. Needle valves set a carburetor's fuel air mix.
However, that is not the only problem you have. Plastic burns; to store a flammable liquid in a flammable container is dangerous. The kerosene should be stored in a metal container, preferably steel drums, but copper or aluminum containers will also work.
A flammable liquid in a flammable container is an accident waiting to happen. Flammable liquid should never be stored in a dwelling where people or animals live or sleep.
My advice is if the kerosene isn't going to be used up soon, is to take it to a hazardous waste disposal site to be disposed of properly.--J. Sweeny, Arizona