10 November 2012

Off grid: Kerosene

I thought about my previous post, and decided it needed an addendum. Solar is good, but have a backup plan. Clouds happen.

Kerosene is fairly inexpensive, and easy to get. Kerosene stores for a VERY LONG TIME, without any additives needed. Kerosene doesn't explode easily. Kerosene burns fairly hot. Kerosene doesn't need to be stored in fancy pressurized canisters. Unlike gasoline, white gas (Coleman fuel), diesel, propane, butane, alcohol, etc- all of which fail on one point or another. Or several.

Lots of things run on kerosene:

Kerosene stoves are awesome. I sometimes stare enviously at the one Lehman's sells, which is out of my price range currently. I swear I will own one someday. https://www.lehmans.com/p-842-perfection-kerosene-cookstoves.aspx

In the meantime I have this as a much less impressive and much more affordable backup to my solar oven. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006X1NCAU/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00

Kerosene heaters are nice, and unlike my fireplace they can be moved different places around the house. Keep a spare wick on hand. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002JPRKYI/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

Lanterns can run on kerosene also. Do yourself a favor and spring for a real lantern, not a decorative one that only runs on lamp oil. The reservoir on this one is impressive, this is my go-to light when the electricity goes out. https://www.lehmans.com/p-175-dietz-jupiter-hurricane-oil-lantern.aspx
This worked beautifully and saved kindling, but the ceramic part of the wand only has so many uses in it. After two years I need a new one, but haven't replaced it yet. https://www.lehmans.com/p-2319-cast-iron-black-kero-firepot.aspx

Yes, this is a kerosene fridge. I don't currently own one, but I've used them in the past. Someday, when I am rich I will buy this one. They work, they work well, they're hard to kill and they need no electricity. https://www.lehmans.com/p-3505-dometic-kerosene-refrigerator.aspx