The BTU ratings

It was always common practice for our Grandmother to supplement her indoor beach home heating with a portable kerosene oil furnace in the winter; however, i can remember being at her home when the electric would go out, and she’d drag out that little kerosene oil furnace and beginning it up in the living room, then when it was lunch time, she would heat leftovers in aluminum foil on top of the kerosene heater. When I set out to rent our first apartment, I thought it would be a great plan to have a portable oil furnace care about Grandma had in case the electric went out. I entirely was not sure what to look for, so I went to the local heating and air conditioner supplier to talk with their Heating and A/C worker. I told him that our intention for purchasing a portable oil furnace is for electrical failure while in chilly winter weeks. The Heating and A/C worker said that people usually go with propane or kerosene heaters. The Heating and A/C worker 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; however, she also said that if stored in a correct container, kerosene can last longer than propane. I asked about price, and heating efficiency of each, and the Heating and A/C worker 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 Heating and A/C worker, I decided to purchase a portable kerosene oil furnace for winter time unexpected power outages.

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