The Difference Between Kerosene and Other Fuels

Posted: August 28, 2023

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kerosene Androscoggin county, me There are a lot of fuels made from crude oil, with many applications. Knowing about these fuels is essential if you use them for your Central Maine business.

With 80 years of experience in the energy industry, we at Murray-Heutz possess the knowledge and expertise to cater to your company’s unique commercial fuels requirements. Count on us to provide you with high-quality products and dependable service. We recognize the significance of these fuels for businesses in Central Maine, and we are ready to leverage our understanding and expertise to benefit your company. Put us to work to support your business!

Murray-Heutz provides exceptional and personalized delivery services for kerosene, diesel fuels (both on- and off-road), and gasoline to a wide range of businesses. Our commitment to excellence ensures your fuel needs are met with efficiency and reliability.

When you choose us, you can expect more than just reliability. You’ll experience excellent communication, competitive pricing, and complete transparency when it comes to fuel costs.

Crude oil, also known as petroleum, is the beginning of all these fuels. It contains aliphatic hydrocarbons, which are hydrocarbons made of only hydrogen and carbon. How do you derive gasoline, diesel fuels, and kerosene, along with fuels such as propane and heating oil, from crude oil? Heat. Each fuel has a different boiling point. The lighter fuels such as propane have a lower boiling point and are extracted first. Heavier fuels like heating oil and lubricants have a higher boiling point and are extracted later. The boiling points, however, may vary based on the hydrocarbons found in the fuel and the crude oil feed, among other factors.

Let’s go over the fuels we carry, and how they are different from each other.

Diesel fuels

Diesel fuels are produced during the intermediate stage of distillation, bearing a resemblance to oil. Compared to gasoline, diesel requires less refining, making it generally more affordable.

This versatile fuel is used for the transportation industry as well as for off-road equipment like backhoes, bulldozers, and large commercial generators like those used by hospitals.


Gasoline is a liquid fuel primarily utilized in spark-ignited internal combustion engines such as those used for cars and equipment such as portable generators and lawn mowers. It boasts a low boiling point, while kerosene exhibits a moderate boiling point and diesel fuels possess a higher boiling point.


Kerosene offers a cleaner burn compared to other heating fuels, making it an ideal choice for winter use as it doesn’t gel. Not only does it provide a long-lasting burn, but it also proves to be cost-efficient, making it a favored option.

It is often blended with heating oil to create what is called a Winter Blend, which is made for homes in very cold areas with outdoor heating oil tanks. The added kerosene prevents the blend from gelling.

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