USES OF KEROSENE
In Virginia, kerosene is most commonly used for residential heating. Particularly in rural areas, kerosene continues to remain a viable alternative to fuel oil for residential use. Kerosene can also be used in lanterns, camping stoves, and a number of other small appliances.
KEROSENE VS. FUEL OIL
Since the mid-80s, kerosene has seen a steady decline in popularity as a residential fuel source. Many homes have converted either to electrical heat or to fuel-oil-based systems. However, kerosene does offer a number of advantages that should be considered when weighing the decision to change fuel sources.
Long shelf life is one of the most important. Kerosene can be stored for years without degrading in quality or corroding fuel tanks. For these reasons, it’s an excellent choice for rural households that are not regularly serviced by fuel delivery trucks. There is also evidence to suggest that kerosene gives off fewer hazardous fumes than other heating sources, making it somewhat safer to work with.
The biggest drawback to kerosene is availability. In Virginia, kerosene fuel is increasingly hard to come by, which makes it more expensive to purchase. It is also difficult to find qualified technicians who can maintain and service kerosene equipment. If you’re considering switching your home heating from kerosene to fuel oil, contact Foster Fuels first—we can help you assess the advantages and disadvantages to determine if it’s the right choice for you.
CLEAR VS. DYED KEROSENE
One persistent source of confusion when buying kerosene in VA is the difference between clear and dyed fuels. Clear and dyed kerosene are taxed differently. As a result, the use of dyed kerosene in VA is restricted to certain applications. Foster Fuels can supply both types of products, so contact us directly for assistance determining which is best for you.