I was wondering I switched to gas heat and have a 240 gallon tank full of home heating oil. Can I used this oil in kerosene lanterns and stoves. Also how do I keep the fuel fresh do they make something like stabil for home heating oil?
Home heating fuel is #2 fuel oil which is a form of diesel fuel, and kerosene is #1 fuel oil. #2 is heavier, higher viscosity and specific gravity, than #1, has a higher heat content and when burned in a lamp will produce prodigious amounts of black smoke that sticks to everything with a slightly lower light output.
I did a lot of teaching about oil furnaces and I provided samples of the various weight fuel oils that we burned in a pot to see what happened. Kerosene was slightly smoky and fairly bright but the #2 was very smoky and not as bright. Visual observation only of course.
It can be done but it will likely not work as well as you'd like.