How to store kerosene

Written by annita lawson
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Kerosene is a liquid, petroleum-based fuel that has had a surge in popularity because of dramatic increases in heating costs. Some people use kerosene heaters as an emergency heat source and as a supplement to natural gas or electric heat sources. While kerosene can reduce winter heating costs, it can also be hazardous if not stored properly. The type of container you use and where you keep the container are the most important aspects of storing kerosene.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Blue kerosene container

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  1. 1

    Select a plastic or metal container that is blue in colour, has a tight seal and provides ventilation.

  2. 2

    Label the container for added protection if it is not clearly marked as kerosene.

  3. 3

    Store the kerosene container in an outdoor location protected from direct sunlight because prolonged exposure can degrade the fuel.

Tips and warnings

  • Always drain the fuel from your kerosene heater before storing it.
  • Buy only as much kerosene as you will use within three months. Storing kerosene longer may result in the development of bacteria and mould, which can damage the wick in kerosene heaters, resulting in reduced efficiency and an increase in odour.
  • Never store kerosene in a red container or one that is otherwise marked for gasoline.

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