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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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Kerosene fueled grills?

Doug,

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.
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Re: Kerosene fueled grills?

Food does not smell or taste of Kerosene when cooked over a Kerosene powered burner. There were 10's of millions of Kerosene powered stoves and ranges produced from 1910 - present. I have a small 2-burner in my Kitchen right now! New ones are still available in Berne Ind. at Swartz Mfg.
The only thing you need to do is place a gas grill style shield over the chimney(s) to keep grease from dripping down onto the wick. You will not need brickettes, the smoke generated by dripping grease on the grease shield produces the flavor, just like a modern gas grill, is all you will need.

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Re: Kerosene fueled grills?

Tech, you might want to look at the dates of these threads before posting. This is a 13 year old thread.

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Tech, you might want to look at the dates of these threads before posting. This is a 13 year old thread.
And is the information provided by Tech's posting less correct for that reason?
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Re: Kerosene fueled grills?

If the Post is still searchable, then anybody can see the wrong answer. I was correcting it. Old or not, the info is still correct.
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If the Post is still searchable, then anybody can see the wrong answer. I was correcting it. Old or not, the info is still correct.
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What if the information is not correct, time-warped or not? Those kerosene stoves were for using pots and pans on, not barbecuing food. I'd like to see a picture of a kerosene-fired BBQ grill.

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Re: Kerosene fueled grills?

OK then, let's get it correct, the new guy seems to be suggesting the "shield"

This is usually found on gas grilles this plate or shield has to get hot enough to vaporize / burn the oils from the food. It should work BUT if the kero burner was coked up or not up to temp the odor may find its way into the food.

I've never seen a kero fired grille

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Food does not smell or taste of Kerosene when cooked over a Kerosene powered burner. There were 10's of millions of Kerosene powered stoves and ranges produced from 1910 - present. I have a small 2-burner in my Kitchen right now! New ones are still available in Berne Ind. at Swartz Mfg.
The only thing you need to do is place a gas grill style shield over the chimney(s) to keep grease from dripping down onto the wick. You will not need brickettes, the smoke generated by dripping grease on the grease shield produces the flavor, just like a modern gas grill, is all you will need.
Yes food does not smell or taste of kero when cooked on a kerosene stovetop because it was in a pan, protected from the soot and fumes of the kerosene burner. Look at the bottom of the pans after cooking, there is quite a bit of soot, even from a properly set up burner on the bottom of the pan, and an oily film. Fine for things cooked in the pan, but on a grill it is directly exposed to the flame, or at least the fumes from the flame. I would certainly think your going to taste that, just like you do if you use too much lighter fluid or don't wait long enough after starting charcoal. Add to that a stiff breeze (the reason your out sailing) blowing past the stern rail and the burner will not exactly stay well tuned likely putting out more soot. Propane is pretty forgiving of air fuel mix, kerosene not so much. I can see it's use as a burner fine but not a grill.

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