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Old 10-16-2010, 09:51 PM
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Burning Diesel in Torpedo Heater

Anyone have or know of someone who uses their torpedo heater and use diesel instead of Kerosene?

I just bought a 125,000 BTU heater from Lowes (http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1) and it says it will run in Kerosene and Diesel.

Can I burn regular diesel fuel in it? I've got plenty of diesel that I run my tractor on. I love the smell of burning diesel anyways... if it's burnt right.

I've been reading that I should use offroad diesel, and some say use regular pump diesel... they refer to the diesel as No.1 heating fuel I guess.

Or should I just run kerosene?

Edit: After doing some reading... burning diesel should be ok... but it cruds it up and will need sooner cleanings. I'm assuming this is true.
 

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Old 10-16-2010, 10:32 PM
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Blend it 50/50, kerosene aka "jet a" will make it burn cleaner.
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:29 AM
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I've got a 175,000 BTU construction heater, I've burnt straight diesel for years with it, no issues.
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by dlenkewich View Post
I've got a 175,000 BTU construction heater, I've burnt straight diesel for years with it, no issues.
I have too, but don't let that sucker start running out. You will have a smoke show. I ran out one time in my shop here at the house. I liked of never found the door to get out.
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ManualF150 View Post
Anyone have or know of someone who uses their torpedo heater and use diesel instead of Kerosene?

I just bought a 125,000 BTU heater from Lowes (http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?...llow&cId=PDIO1) and it says it will run in Kerosene and Diesel.

Can I burn regular diesel fuel in it? I've got plenty of diesel that I run my tractor on. I love the smell of burning diesel anyways... if it's burnt right.

I've been reading that I should use offroad diesel, and some say use regular pump diesel... they refer to the diesel as No.1 heating fuel I guess.

Or should I just run kerosene?

Edit: After doing some reading... burning diesel should be ok... but it cruds it up and will need sooner cleanings. I'm assuming this is true.
Im no expert on the subject, but it seems to me that ULSD would burn much cleaner than Kerosene.
 
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Old 10-17-2010, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by 06F150STX View Post
I have too, but don't let that sucker start running out. You will have a smoke show. I ran out one time in my shop here at the house. I liked of never found the door to get out.
Yessir, I know what you mean.
 
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Thanks for the input.

I filled it with kerosene and it burns wicked clean! Also diesel is $3.25/gal versus Kerosene at $2.96/gal.

I really like this heater. Best money I've ever spent.

Is there any maintainance tips I should follow? Or just the ones in the manual?
 
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how much does off road diesel run? maybe consider running that in it as well
 
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Kerosene is like a #1 diesel, it has a lower flashpoint then #2 but if it's cheaper and cleaner that's what I would use. Kerosene has been used for over a hundred year's for lantern's and heating and most of the first refineries probably made more kerosene then anything else. Today it's used mainly in aircraft jet engines. Stay away from offroad diesel because of the higher sulphur content.
 
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^^ thanks for the advice.. didnt know that.
 
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