For more than 80 years, Rix Petroleum has been supplying farms with agricultural heating oil. We provide kerosene from 500 litres upwards, depending on your requirements and offer competitive pricing across our extensive network of UK depots.
What is Kerosene?
Kerosene is a liquid fossil fuel, used for heating purposes. It derives from the refinement of crude oil and is widely used as agricultural heating oil across the UK. Kerosene comes in many guises, such as paraffin, boiler fuel, burning oil, heating oil and 28 second, amongst others!
The ’28 second’ name refers to the test used to ascertain kerosene’s viscosity, measuring the time it takes for 50ml of kerosene to drip into a container. This Is the same test behind the ’35 second’ name given to red diesel .
Advantages of Kerosene
There are several advantages of kerosene as agricultural heating oil:
- More eco-friendly than other heating fuels
- Long shelf life
Kerosene is efficient in usage as well as cost. Each unit of kerosene produces more heat than gas or electricity, and because kerosene is cheap to produce, it is more affordable than other heating fuels. This is just one reason kerosene makes a great agricultural heating oil when heating large buildings.
Kerosene is non-corrosive, unlike other types of fuel. It has a clean burn, and the risk of carbon monoxide emission is low, making it one of the safest fuels on the market, as long as it is used properly.
Because kerosene emits fewer fumes than other oils due to its clean burn, it is more eco-friendly than burning wood or coal.
If stored correctly and safely, kerosene can last for up to 10 years. To keep kerosene in good condition, it should be kept in a rust-resistant, metal container and stored in a dry area with a consistent temperature, away from rain and sunlight. If left in storage for long periods of time, it can become contaminated with water from condensation, which can spoil the kerosene and damage heater as well. The best way to avoid this is to practice suitable storage methods and test kerosene every year.