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post #1 of 11 Old 01-19-2014, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Will a 7.3 run on Kerosene?

Not sure how but a friends wife filled one of the tanks on there 7.3 with Kerosene. It should be able to burn that correct?
I suggested that he treat it with winterizer but is there anything else needed?
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Should run on it just fine. That's what #1 Diesel is anyway. I wouldn't treat it with winterizer, I don't believe. Kerosene is thinner than #2 diesel, and has a lower gelling point, so you should be alright. Only issue I can think of is that most of the kerosene here is dyed red, so he may have an issue if he gets pulled, the same as he would to get caught running off road diesel.
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Right on thanks for the response. Ill pass it along.

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Good Morning. Check out this link I found. Should burn it OK, lower power/worse mileage. Might also clog the fuel filter due to cleaning everything out. Kerosene is a stronger cleaner than #2 diesel.

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Add some 2 stroke due to less lubricity as well. Mileage will be cut about in half

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running on kerosene is ok, just doesn't have the same mileage or btu output as diesel. I run a mix in the winter kerosene/diesel on the cold days to keep from gelling. I also run on waste oil and anything I can get my hands on, but thats another story. I also think long term use may be bad if used straight, just for lubricity purposes. JMHO
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So would it be a good idea to run kerosene every now and then to clean out the fuel system? Glad this was brought up, learning more and more from this forum


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I don't think its a bad idea, I have noticed through the years it helps to clean stuff out, not going to hurt at all. I have been running this in my truck for 5 years now and had the injectors out before with no ill effects.
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The kerosene I see on the shelves of the hardware, that my Amish friends use in their lamps, isn't dyed red.
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seems unlikely to me that the tanks of the truck got filled from gallon cans. I figure it's more likely that it was out of the pumps at the filling station.
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