Kerosene for Lighting Heating
Nannette M. MacNaughton
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|Another one of Nannette's richly presented pictures
of the use of kerosene as a primary energy source on a boat.
This covers about everything that we knew about at the time of
writing and should show pretty thoroughly that you don't need a lot
of fancy gear and wiring for the basic lighting, heating, and
cooking aboard a boat.
You can save an incredible amount by sticking to these simple systems, both in initial costs and in operating costs. The only thing that has been left out of this article, because we did not have sufficient experience at the time with them to comment is the Dickinson cooking and heating stoves and ranges. These are often advertised as "diesel" stoves and people often buy them on the theory that they can use marine diesel fuel for both their engines and stoves. Actually while you can run a diesel engine on either fuel oil or kerosene, the reverse isn't really true. You can't run your pot burner type stove on marine diesel fuel. It will smoke and foul up. On the other hand a Dickinson stove or some of the similar but lesser known stoves can have their needle valves changed to run on either fuel oil or kerosene. If you carry both kinds of needles you can pretty much find cooking and heating fuel anywhere in the world. This information is about all we would add to this publication today.
In any case though there are alternatives for any of these functions, you really should be sure why you are choosing an alternative to kerosene. This is especially true given that you really should be set up with kerosene cabin and navigation lights anyway as a back up at the very least. Read this to find out all about this versatile fuel. (8 pages) (tm) $10.00