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Kerosene and its uses

Kerosene is one the more popular and versatile fuels in the UK and can be used in a variety of ways. In this article, we'll take a closer look at Kerosene and its uses.

Kerosene is a combustable hydrocarbon liquid and is created from the fractional distillation of petroleum, at between 150 and 275 degrees celcius. Sometimes called paraffin, in the UK there are different grades, one as a lighter grade and one much heavier. The different grades of kerosene are used for different things.

The lighter grade of kerosene, Class C1, is used in lanterns, camping stoves and the type of wick heaters you often see in beer gardens. If you've seen the film Gangs of New York, staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis, you will be familiar with the fires that ran rampant through the burgeoning city. Many of these fires were started by defective kerosene lamps, being responsible for two in every five fires in New York City.

Class C2 Kerosene can be used as a domestic heating oil, however there is a more robust grade available, which is used as a fuel in the aviation industry. The most common kerosene fuels are Jet A and Jet A-1 and are a mix of different hydrocarbons, creating a kerosene-like fuel.

A lesser known use of kerosene is in the entertainment industry. As kerosene has a flame that burns at low temperatures, it's ideal for fire breathers and fire jugglers.

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