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Where can I purchase kerosene fuel?

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Kerosene fuel can be purchased at hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes and gas stations in most rural areas, according to John J. Squires of St. Paul Mercantile. Kerosene is usually sold in 1- or 2-gallon containers.

Kerosene is a practical fuel to store, as it is versatile and can be used for heating, cooking and lighting, states Squires. It is safe to store, as it is an oil and thus not explosive. Another advantage of kerosene is that it can be stored for numerous years without considerable degradation. Moreover, it is a dense source of energy, with 1 gallon containing around 50 percent more energy than a gallon of propane. Many fuel oil companies deliver kerosene to a customer's home. Some also deliver a 50-gallon barrel. Gas stations in most rural areas sell kerosene from fuel pumps. When driving to a farming area, a person can likely find gas stations that offer kerosene. This fuel typically has the same price as premium gasoline.

Squires recommends storing kerosene in barrels or a fuel oil tank. Kerosene can be purchased in 5-gallon containers and transferred to barrels for storage. It is important to buy containers of a different color, such as blue, that distinguish the fuel from other fuels in the garage. Mark the containers using a permanent black marker to ensure that the fuel can be clearly identified.


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