It was always common practice for my grandmother to supplement her indoor home heating with a portable kerosene heater in the winter. I can remember being at her house when the electric would go out, and she’d drag out that little kerosene heater and start it up in the kitchen. When it was lunch time, she would heat leftovers in aluminum foil on top of the kerosene heater. When I set out to rent my first apartment, I thought it would be a good idea to have a portable heater like grandma had in case the electric went out. I really was not sure what to look for, so I went to the local heating and air conditioning business to talk with their HVAC technician. I told him that my intention for purchasing a portable heater is for electrical failure during cold winter months. The HVAC technician said that people usually go with propane or kerosene heaters. The HVAC technician said that kerosene is safer to store because it will not ignite when exposed to open flame; it has to have a wick in order for it to burn. He also said that if stored in a proper container, kerosene can last longer than propane. I asked about price, and heating efficiency of each, and the HVAC technician said that kerosene is a more cost efficient way to heat. Kerosene has about 135,000 BTU’s of energy potential per gallon, while propane has about 91,333 BTU’s of energy potential per gallon; not to mention that kerosene costs less than propane. With the help of the HVAC technician, I decided to purchase a portable kerosene heater for winter time unexpected power outages.