Kerosene in its natural state is a clear, colorless liquid. To comply with U.S. federal tax law, kerosene is dyed red.Continue Reading
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 introduced a new federal excise on kerosene and mandated that kerosene sold for uses that are not subject to tax, such as heating, be dyed red to prevent it from being sold as a substitute for taxable diesel fuel.
Retailers can still sell clear kerosene but only in restricted circumstances. Many heating-fuel retailers have chosen to sell only red kerosene.
Initially, there were concerns that components of the red dye would affect the performance of the fuel or damage heaters, but the only effect reported is some discoloration of the heater wick.Learn more about Solutions & Mixtures
Kerosene is a type of flammable fuel commonly burned as an energy source for stoves, lanterns, jet fuels and furnaces. It is also used as a main ingredient in solutions of insecticides and various greases. Kerosene is derived primarily from petroleum, but at one time, it was also made from coal tar and shale oils. It can appear colorless or pale yellow and has a unique odor.Full Answer >
Kerosene is a fuel used for cooking, heating or lighting a home. It is more widely used in developing countries.Full Answer >
Kerosene might damage your lawnmower engine, although it depends on how much is mixed with the gasoline and how long, if at all, the mower has been run in this condition. You can fix your lawnmower in an hour or two by draining it and cleaning the spark plug and carburettor thoroughly./
Kerosene heaters work much like kerosene lamps, with a holding tank, wick and chimney. Most have a battery-operated igniter that heats the wick. Once the heater is warm, it produces few fumes or odors.Full Answer >