What is Kerosene?
Kerosene is a low viscosity, versatile fuel that is popular in a range of applications across agricultural and commercial sectors, as well as for domestic use. It is used by businesses and homes as fuel to generate heat, light and power. It is a pale yellow or clear fuel oil that has a lower freezing point and higher flash point than gas oil (red diesel) with a longer shelf-life, making it the perfect option to heat your home.
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What is kerosene used for?
Kerosene is a versatile fuel that has many commercial uses. It is typically used in machinery that can be exposed to cold temperatures, as regular fuel oil can gel during cold temperatures.
Because it has a low viscosity, lower freezing point and higher flash point than gasoline, kerosene is the preferred fuel type in the aviation industry.
Kerosene is widely used in the aviation industry to fuel engines. The fuel can power very small pieces of machinery all the way up to large engines. The versatile fuel can also be used as heating oil to heat business premises and homes.
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How is kerosene made?
Kerosene is produced through a process called fractional distillation, which involves separating the compounds of crude oil. This process creates a clear and thin oil which is 0.82 g/cm³ in density. This clear and thin oil is Kerosene.
Kerosene is extracted from petroleum crude oil, which is an oil that naturally occurs underground. The oil is drilled out of the ground and then broken down through a high temperature distilling process that uses temperatures between 150 and 275°C. This process breaks the crude oil down into a number of different fuels, including petrol, fuel oil, butane, propane, lubricating oil and kerosene. The oil is then sold to trusted suppliers like Certas Energy, who can distribute the oil to their network of customers.
What other names is kerosene known by?
Kero, Heating oil
Home heating oil
28 second burning oil