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smiley2.gifWho says kerosene is not used as a fuel. Look at the fuels at many outlets!

More seriously:

Kerosene is not preferred as a fuel since it does not have the 'knock resistance' required for modern engines. Also, its calorific value is low and will pollute a lot in an IC engine. On the other hand Jet fuel (ATF) is a close relative of kerosene.

Essentially, the crude is 'cracked' and then various fractions are distilled off. Petrol or motor spirit is a lighter fraction and is ideal for powering IC engines. Diesel is a heavier fuel more suitable for compression ignition engines. We have both LDO and HSD. Still heavier is Furnace Oil - higher calorific value and far heavier fraction!

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