combustible hydrocarbon liquid

Kerosene or paraffin oil is a colourless flammable liquid, usually used for fuel. Kerosene is made by fractional distillation of petroleum. It may be used as fuel for lamps, in some kinds of cooking stoves and heaters, and there are even kerosene refrigerators[1]. Kerosene is mainly used in the fuel for jet engines. The most common consumer use for kerosene in Canada and the US is lighting camp lamps. Kerosene is used as cooking fuel in some places, such as South Asia. Kerosene is also used to store sodium and other alkali metals.

A bottle of kerosene


  1. Lam, Nicholas; Smith, Kirk; Gauthier, Alison; Bates, Michael (may 25th, 2013). "KEROSENE: A REVIEW OF HOUSEHOLD USES AND THEIR HAZARDS IN LOW- AND MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES". US National Library of Medicine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)