It was always regular practice for my Grandma to supplement her indoor cabin heating with a portable kerosene oil furnace in the wintertime! I can remember being at her condo when the electric would go out, and she’d drag out that little kerosene oil furnace and start it up in the dining room, but when it was dinner 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 fantastic proposal to have a portable oil furnace prefer Grandma had in case the electric went out. I absolutely was not sure what to look for, so I went to the local heating and cooling system contractor to talk with their Heating and Air Conditioning technician. I told him that my intention for purchasing a portable oil furnace is for electrical failure while I was in chilly wintertime weeks, but the Heating and Air Conditioning technician said that people usually go with propane or kerosene heaters. The Heating and Air Conditioning 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 regular container, kerosene can last longer than propane. I asked about price and heating efficiency of each, and the Heating and Air Conditioning technician said that kerosene is a more cost efficient way to heat, and 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 Air Conditioning technician, I decided to purchase a portable kerosene oil furnace for wintertime time unexpected power outages.