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Kerosene price - Is $21. or $22. for 5 gallons of kerosene (at Home Base)a decent price to pay? I've never bought the stuff before. It for Kerosun type space heater. Johan

-- johan (, November 11, 1999


rip off......shouldn't pay more than 2 bucks a gallon

-- doomed (, November 11, 1999.

A big ripoff!!! $0.99 gal. at the pump.

-- mr cheapskate (, November 11, 1999.

Glad I stocked up on K1-clear earlier this year when it was 1.29 per gallon (cheapest and closest available source for me). I went back recently to get a little more and the price jumped to 1.49 per. I don't think it is going to get any cheaper around THESE parts (Northern New England).


-- Jeremiah Jetson (laterthan@uthink.y2k), November 11, 1999.

Only .99 a gallon here(PA)! For $4+ I'll deliver!

-- tj (, November 11, 1999.

Try Ace Hardware, it is where I purchased mine.

-- Paula (, November 11, 1999.


Of course you are a teensy bit closer to the refineries than I...

But at rollover, that may turn out to be a bad thing for you. Hope not.


-- Jeremiah Jetson (laterthan@uthink.y2k), November 11, 1999.

I've been paying about $1.09 per gallon +/- 0.05 here in the Old Dominion for K-1. Wouldn't pay more than $1.50 before the rush, after and demand will dictate the price.

-- loveitinthecountry (, November 11, 1999.

$21-$22 dollars for 5 gallons! Wow! Home Depot has the same 5 gal container for $18 and I thought THAT was a ripoff.

It might be a "decent" price if that's the only place you can get it!

Your heater will use up to 3 gallons a DAY!.

There's a gas station a 1/2 mile from me that has Kerosene at a pump, but who uses kerosene around here? it's probably been in the tank for years. I bought some and it has a "little" water in it. they charge $1.69 per gallon.

I went down to the south side of Chicago to a huge Propane place, that services alot of the factories and warehouses forklift propane needs and they have Kersosene at the pump, but they turn it over more, its $1.47 gallon there and $1.37 if you buy more than 30 gallons.

crack open the yellow pages and look under GAS-PROPANE. Call around and see if any of the Propane dealers also sell Kerosene. You should be able to find a better price than $4.40 per gallon!

-- plonk! (, November 11, 1999.

Let's keep things in perspective. One, two years ago, many of us would have predicted total unavailability of kerosene by Nov 1999.

-- (keepin@keepin.on), November 11, 1999.

$0.99 in bulk at the fuel distributors, but comparable to yours at our Home Depot, Home Base, True Values etc. here in Cascadia

-- Michael (, November 12, 1999.


Part of what you're paying for is the can its in. Depending on your requirements, I'd suggest you buy your own cans, paint them blue (required in many areas), and have them filled at a pump.

Personally, I bought a 55 gallon drum (which happened to be blue), and paid 20 cents less a gallon than the pump because of the quantity. The drum cost $20. Bear in mind, though, that kerosene needs to be kept very clean. This drum was steam cleaned.

Of course the drum weighed almost 500 lbs, and was difficult to put into the barn, but I have enough for 2 years now.


-- Jollyprez (, November 12, 1999.

No.1 diesel lit our lamps for 20 years on the old homestead--get a 55 gal drum for your heat and light needs-----forget the high priced kerosene.Keep your wicks trimmed and behold there was light!

-- old kahuna (, November 12, 1999.


What are you using your kero for, to have determined it will last that long? I'm trying to figure out how much to get for a heater (only heat source if power goes) and two lamps. Also wondering whether drums are safe in my backyard, or instead rather bomblike. Any input appreciated.

-- silver ion (, November 12, 1999.

Kero is .99 a gal here in the burgh, The highest I have ever seen it was 1.09 per gal. I would drive around out of town and look for it at a gas station. The cans are about $5. I bought four. I fill them and then pour them into my 55gal drum at home. Depending on how many heaters you have, and their BTU output, you can use between 1&4 gals. per day. By the way, kero does not explode like gas. It is safe to keep inside as long as you keep it away from an ignition source. If you keep outside you get condensation in the barrel and end up with water in the kero. REALLLLLLY stinks.

-- FLAME AWAY (, November 12, 1999.

BIG rip-off. check around- try propane dealers. I pay about $1.11 here- went up from $1.06. Buy now.

-- farmer (, November 12, 1999.

Unrelated to kero price, but... is it OK to store kero in plastic jugs? like those 5-gallon plastic jugs used originally for vegetable oil? (very carefully cleaned-out, of course!)

-- alan (, November 12, 1999.


In northwestern Ohio, kerosene costs $1.09 per gallon plus Ohio sales tax.

Any who want to store kerosene for the long term should use a diesel stabilizer to maintain the water accumulation problem.

And kerosene is not extremely dangerous like gasoline. K-1 is very stabile. It won't blow up your garage if you store it there. I wish people would NOT get so panicked over its storage.

K-1 is far more stable than gasoline. In hard times you can still use it if you treat and filter out the contaminents.

Remember to vent a window where ever you place your kerosene heater inside.

And I'd like to thank you for spelling the word KEROSENE correctly!

-- Randolph (, November 12, 1999.

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