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Heating By Kerosene Oil Is A Great Back-Up Plan


While it is possible to heat your whole home by kerosene, it is most popular to use it as a back-up or space heater

People have been using kerosene for heating oil since the 19th century. Today, people tend to use kerosene as a secondary way of heating their home. For example, many homeowners use an indoor kerosene heater to heat a certain area of their house, such as a basement. However, it is completely possible to heat your entire home using kerosene. Since kerosene heaters are so efficient, they warm an area or even an entire house very quickly.

There are two types of indoor kerosene heaters: radiant and convection. A radiant heater is used to heat a small area, whereas a convection heater is used to heat a large area. Radiant heaters allow you to aim the heat in a certain direction, like you might do with a fan. Convection heaters push hot air up and out to heat a large area or even an entire house. A lot of people rely on kerosene heaters as back-up heating systems because they can be operated without electricity and they warm up an area at a rapid rate.

Since kerosene has such a high energy output, it is cheaper than propane. However, it is not as environmentally friendly, although it does burn clean. Still, you usually do not need to run an indoor kerosene heater all day. Instead, many people turn it on and off at intervals to avoid overheating their home. What’s more, you can store kerosene in large quantities in approved containers. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should not store kerosene for over six months because it can become contaminated, especially in the summer.

There are some safety concerns often associated with kerosene heaters. As long as you use your heater properly, you should not worry. You should only use K-1 kerosene in your heater, as it is the only approved kerosene heating oil. When you set up a kerosene delivery with Rymes, this is the type that you get. You should never put gas in a kerosene heater, and you need to be sure that you vent your heater properly. Furthermore, it is important to keep the wick on your kerosene heater clean and to replace it every season. Some people fear that kerosene has a foul odor; however, an indoor heater only gives off a faint scent of kerosene for just a few minutes when you turn your heater on and off.

If you are looking to purchase an indoor kerosene heater, we would be happy to sell you one! If you simply need a kerosene delivery for the heater you already have, we can supply that too.


Stop searching for kerosene suppliers and call Rymes! Our affordable prices and excellent service make us your go-to home heating fuel company.

From kerosene oil to other heating fuels, equipment and repairs, we’re the ones to call for heating services in New Hampshire, eastern Vermont, southwestern Maine and north-central towns in Massachusetts. Call or email us today as you prepare your home heating systems for the upcoming months. 603-228-2224 & customerservice@rymes.com


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