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What is the difference between a kerosene heater and a propane heater?

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Kerosene heaters produce more heat for the amount of fuel put into them, and propane heaters are more costly to keep filled but produce less pollution when used. Propane heaters, depending on the current price of propane gas, cost about twice as much to keep filled for the same heating.

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Kerosene heaters use the mentioned hydrocarbon, which comes in a liquid form and releases more energy than propane when burned. This means that kerosene heaters heat up a room much more efficiently than propane heaters can, which uses less fuel, and ultimately costs less than propane heaters. This fuel is found as a component in jet fuel, thanks to its powerful properties.

Propane heaters use a gaseous substance instead, which makes it more difficult to transport and use than kerosene. This gas is kept in pressurized tanks and must be transported by special trucks and kept in airtight containers to prevent leakage, a problem that kerosene does not have. However, propane releases a great deal less pollution when it is burned because it breaks down only into carbon dioxide and water when burned. In low-oxygen environments, propane decomposes into more harmful carbon monoxide when burned, since the burning propane cannot grab enough oxygen atoms from the air.

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