How long can you store Kerosene?

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  1. LUVMYSIGP225

    LUVMYSIGP225 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    I cannot find a straight answer on the internet on this one. My Google skills are excellent, but it isn't lack on answers on the internet about Kersosene storage, it is the vast arry of answers about it.

    So, how long can you store Kerosene and still be safe for indoor burning? Some websites say 1 to 3 months. Some say 5 or more years. I have some in my garage that was stored in clean, dark containers for about 2 years. I want to use it, but am a little concerend.
     
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    ScottyT XDTalk 1K Member

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    The MSDS just says
    I would think that 5 years is a lot more accurate than 1 to 3 months. If I sold the stuff I would say 1 to 3 months!
     
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    scjbash XDTalk 2K Member Founding Member

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    I've burnt 2 or 3 year old kerosene in a heater before, and it seemed as good as new to me. In fact, I moved recently and found some kerosene in the crawl space that looked like it had been there since the 18th century. I used it while burning brush and it was fine.
     
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    Find a person that deals in bulk Kersosene sales and ask them.
     
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    :lol: I'm not sure if that's a joke or not, but I lol'ed.

    That's a good question. I'll do some searching and get back to you. I know we'll have kerosene that's at least a year old (from last winter) and burn it in our kerosene heater without any problems.

    I'm not sure I've burnt kerosene older than that indoors.

    This is what I found first.
    Kerosene Shelf life? - Survivalist Forum
     
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    i dunno if it was safe, i asumme it was cause my dad is super mr. safety. But we often used a kerosine lantern when the power went out when i was a young child. It was an old tyme one, hung in our kitchen.

    I know nothing happened when the fluid was months old, in fact i am quite sure we used it often with kerosene that was atleast a few years old.
     
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    Kerosene can grow red stuff, and gel up like diesel, but it doesn't happen as quickly. If you keep it sealed up, out of the light, and free of moisture, it will last a LONG time. It's not unstable like gas is, but it does degrade over time. I'd say, if stored properly, 5 years or more. It needs moisture to grow, so if it's sealed, it can't get in. We burnt some kerosene in one of those salamander heaters out of a metal 5 gallon container that was at least 5 years old at a friend's house, and nothing bad happened. I'd say 5 years to be safe. If it gets really old, it smells different, and I wouldn't even try it if that happened.
     
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    LUVMYSIGP225 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. It is burning right now, as we speak.
     
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    I've got a 5gal sealed can I purchased along with a ventless heater in prep for Y2K. Never opened the box to the heater and never opened up the kerosene can so it's 9yrs old to date. Maybe I ought to use it this year to light the brush pile or kill weeds with it and replace it with new.
     

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