Propane vs. kerosene a storage guide for preppers electricity magnetism and electromagnetism

Have you ever gone three or more weeks without electricity because of a hurricane, tornado, or some other disaster? I have, and I can tell you from experience that even for a short term scenario, managing fuel is not as easy as it looks. Each of these situations gave me a chance to gain some very tangible experience with fuel storage issues. When considering propane vs. kerosene, it is not enough to just consider the basic characteristics of the fuel or how much energy it will produce. You must also consider storage safety long term changes in the fuel. This article will give you an introduction to propane and kerosene as well as advantages and disadvantages of storing each one for survival needs.

• This fuel is considered cleaner than others because there are fewer emissions. It is also considered better for the environment because it can be extracted from a “renewable” natural sources such as waste from farm animals, trash dumps, and home based methane reactors.

Propane is usually stored in tanks that range in size from 1 pound to 420 pounds. There are also larger sized tanks available, however, they require a special permit. Regardless of the tank size, great care must be taken when storing propane because:

Storing Propane for survival use will give you a larger choice of equipment than many other fuels. This includes generators, cooking stoves, lamps, and all kinds of camping equipment. Propane can also be stored in tanks for many years without breaking down into other chemicals.

Kerosene is a clear, flammable liquid made from petroleum. After processing, manufacturers add red dye to some kerosene. Red or K-1 kerosene is intended for home heating while undyed kerosene is intended for transportation. Since kerosene for transportation carries a higher federal tax, most kerosene is dyed red to avoid that problem.

For prepping and home use, kerosene can be used as fuel for heaters, lamps, and stoves. Even though kerosene has almost twice as much energy as Propane, it gives off carbon monoxide and a distinctive odor. If you use kerosene indoors, you must also have adequate air flow because the fumes can cause headaches and even death.

Kerosene can be stored in cans or tanks of all sizes, however, reside from old gas cans, chemical drums, or other used containers can contaminate the kerosene. I normally store kerosene in clean, new, sealed containers that are clearly marked for kerosene storage. If kerosene becomes contaminated, it may not burn correctly, or it may release more toxic fumes.

After using propane and kerosene during hurricanes and other disasters, I honestly don’t feel that kerosene would work well for longer-term scenarios. Aside from being very dangerous to use in confined areas, it simply doesn’t have the shelf life of Propane, nor is it as reliable. From a storage point of view alone, it does cost a bit more to store propane. In the long run, I have greater confidence that propane will ignite and burn correctly no matter whether it is stored for just a day or as long as a decade.

Have you ever lived for weeks or even a few days without electricity? If you used propane or kerosene, I’d love to hear about your experiences. Did you find that storage methods were an important factor in how well each fuel performed during a crisis situation? Please feel free to share your conclusions about which fuel is better to store and how you arrived at that conclusion.