Frequently Asked Questions About Kerosene

You may have been using kerosene for many years, or you may be completely new to the versatile heating oil. No matter which you are, we’ve put together a list of facts you may not know about kerosene.

There are roughly 1.5 million UK homes that are using kerosene, which accounts for approximately 5.6% of the 26.4 million homes in the UK which are not connected to the mains gas network. It’s also estimated that approximately 200,000 – 250,000 rural businesses also depend on oil heating for space heating. Despite this, there are still many people who are unsure what kerosene is and what it can be used for, or that there are lower carbon kerosene’s available.

How Is Kerosene Made?

The production of kerosene is quite a straightforward process nowadays. Kerosene fuel is a petroleum product that is produced by separating the compounds which made up crude oil. This process is known as “fractional distillation” and leaves a clear thin oil.

Who Invented/Discovered Kerosene?

The first written records about kerosene distillation process were written by a famous Persian scholar call Razi. In his book, he described the two methods for the production of kerosene.

Why Was Kerosene Called Kerosene?

The name came from a Canadian geologist Abraham Pineo Gesner, a contraction of “keroselaion”, from the Greek “keroselaion” meaning wax-oil. However, it would be further 8 years before he’d register a trademark on the name “kerosene” in 1854.

How Much Is Kerosene Used Worldwide?

Although the popularity of kerosene has dwindled over the years due to gas and electricity to modern homes. There are still many homes in the UK and around the world that rely on kerosene for both heating and lighting. In fact, in the world today, there are roughly 1.2 million barrels of kerosene used per day for all purposes. A typical oil barrel holds 45 gallons or 205 litres, which equates to 54,000,000 gallons or 246,000,000 litres being used a day!

If you are interested In getting kerosene delivered for your home or business, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team here at Compass Fuels.