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Kerosene fueled grills?

I am curious if anyone has used kerosene as a liquid fuel for cockpit grills. I have a kerosene galley stove and want to avoid propane storage (a fuel I don''t carry now)on the boat. With two small children, waiting for the charcoal to heat isn''t always desirable.

It seems straight forward to me, just add a spare kero burner in the bottom of the grill and have a layer of gas grill brickettes above the flame to spread the heat. I feel a backpacking stove''s fuel bottle and pump would be a good portable fuel tank.

Ok, I''m ready for holes to be shot in this idea...any takers?

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I may be wrong, but my understanding of propane, butane and natural gas is they they burn relatively cleanly. Kerosene is essentially a form of diesel fuel, a petroleum product. These may do a fine job of cooking your food, but I imagine it would taste more like diesel fumes than the dinner it was intended to be. Just a thought.

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Okay, other than the grease from your burgers dripping on the burner & fuel line I can''t think why your idea won''t work if properly executed. As a professional Fireman for thirty years the idea makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Most liquid fueled burners "prime" with some pressure (pump) than the fuel is vaporized prior to the burner, usually by a metal fuel line passing thru flame. It''s always the flammable vapors that burn because the "vapor pressure" is sufficient to support combustion,(consider the flame you would like to produce >10,000 BTU''s) propane does it at room temp.
I''ll sleep a lot better if you get some propane
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