An exposed open flame

It was regularly typical practice for our Grandmother to supplement her indoor lake cabin heating with a portable kerosene gas furnace in the winter season. I can remember being at her cabin when the electric would go out, and she’d drag out that little kerosene gas furnace and start it up in the living room, when it was supper 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 fine idea to have a portable gas furnace 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 A/C dealer to talk with their Heating, Ventilation, and A/C company. I told him that our intention for purchasing a portable gas furnace is for electrical failure while in cold winter season months, but the HVAC company said that people usually go with propane or kerosene heaters. The HVAC corporation 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 correct container, kerosene can last longer than propane. I asked about price, and heating efficiency of each, and the Heating, Ventilation, and A/C corporation said that kerosene is a more cost efficient way to heat, then 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, Ventilation, and A/C corporation, I decided to purchase a portable kerosene gas furnace for winter season time unexpected power outages.

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