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    I bought a 55,000 btu multi fuel heater (torpedo?) to use in the garage.

    Says it will burn diesel, jet fuel or kerosene. Diesel 1 and 2 are cheapest but which will burn cleanest?

  • #2
    Pretty sure k1 burns the cleanest, in the instruction manual I read online it says diesal can be used, but will cause a smell.
    http://www.rcautoworks.com

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    • #3
      kerosene,but #1 diesel would be better than #2.

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      • #4
        We have two of these ... best results are with Kerosene.

        We have burned K1 and it does well.

        Basically it boils down to cost. Never checked to see if one is more efficient then the other.

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        • #5
          I have a Desa 55,000 (I think) Haven't looked at the book in a long time but I don't remember anything about diesel. If you go the Kero route try to find a bulk supplier since you can go rapidily to the poor house buying in the 2.5 and 5 gal. containers. I paid $15 for 5 gallons at a co-op while Tractor Supply is getting over $36 plus tax for a 5 gal. can.
          Dennis


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          • #6
            WOW ... Tractor Supply is gouging people.

            We have regular olfd gas stations selling K1 Kerosene for $2.50 - $2.80 per gallon. Looks like your TSC is getting $7.00 +. Is that TSC selling actual Kerosene at that price or is it that synthetic " cleaner " burning stuff?

            Home Depot sells that CLEAN burn stuff in 1 Gallon cans for about $7 - $8.

            We used to use those wick type kersosene heaters, you know the round ones that sit on the floor. They worked OK but seemed to take longer to heat things up. Also we found out with those that if you set the heat too low you got more odor out of them. We still have one we use on our enclosed but unheated sun deck.

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            • #7
              I have 2, 100,000 btu heaters, and I run diesel in them with no problems. The 1 heater has been running diesel for over 15yrs. I just use diesel out of convinence, cause we have a 300 gallon bulk tank outside for the tractors.
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              • #8
                Those little heaters work nice. In smaller spaces they have a decided stink when run on diesel, K1 is better on the nose.
                In a larger space the diesel smell isn't really noticable, unless your working right ontop of it. For scale, small space - ~2000sqft const site, larger space, 50Ksqft warehouse.

                Jim

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by harcosparky View Post
                  WOW ... Tractor Supply is gouging people.

                  We have regular olfd gas stations selling K1 Kerosene for $2.50 - $2.80 per gallon. Looks like your TSC is getting $7.00 +. Is that TSC selling actual Kerosene at that price or is it that synthetic " cleaner " burning stuff?

                  Home Depot sells that CLEAN burn stuff in 1 Gallon cans for about $7 - $8.

                  We used to use those wick type kersosene heaters, you know the round ones that sit on the floor. They worked OK but seemed to take longer to heat things up. Also we found out with those that if you set the heat too low you got more odor out of them. We still have one we use on our enclosed but unheated sun deck.
                  5 gallon cans of keresene. My guess is it may go through an extra filter in order to be cleaner burning.
                  Dennis


                  Thermal Arc 185-TSW
                  Millermatic Challenger 172
                  VictorO/A
                  Atlas Craftsman 12 by 24 Lathe
                  Esab PCM-875
                  Wholesale Tool Mill-Drill

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                  • #10
                    Kero and Jet fuel is almost the same thing, the only difference is Jet fuel won't freeze at 30,000 feet. I would choose the Kero first than the #1 second. Just my thought since i make the stuff...Bob
                    Bob Wright

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