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11/15/2019 / By Grace Olson
Power failure is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. It may affect food supplies, heating, and other utilities crucial to survival. Whether it’s a temporary power outage or a long-term one, it’s important to have back-up heating fuel to address electricity needs. You just have to choose the right one for your home.
Among the different kinds of fuel, most preppers pick between the two most accessible and energy-efficient ones: kerosene and propane. (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.net)
When choosing fuel, consider these factors and ask these questions:
With these questions in mind, read on below to find out the key advantages and disadvantages of using propane and kerosene. (Related: Alternative energy sources to consider when SHTF.)
Propane is also known as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and it is derived from petroleum. Propane can be condensed into a liquid state, which makes it easier for transportation. It is often labeled environment-friendly because the gas is extracted from natural sources. These include farm animal waste, trash dumps, and home-based methane reactors.
Kerosene is a clear flammable liquid and like propane, is also derived from petroleum. Manufacturers add red dye to kerosene, which is intended for home heating. To avoid the higher federal tax of undyed kerosene, which is meant for transportation, manufacturers opt to dye most kerosene red.
Due to its longer shelf life and flexibility, most preppers prefer propane over kerosene. But t he availability, cost, and shelf life of fuels depend on your location. If you live in an area that gets cold, propane has a disadvantage. On the other hand, kerosene may work better when starting campfires and the like. Overall, choose the fuel which fits your needs best.
Learn more about other gear and supplies you’ll need in case of power outages at Gear.news.
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