Don't feel dumb. I wasn't aware of that. I knew both will work. GO and by some extra wicks and a mantles as they are cheap. Lamp oil can be bought at places like Walmart in clear containers. I keep at least 4 gallons on hand at the house.
We keep kerosene on hand in 5 gallon jugs for the kerosene heater, just in case everything else fails us. We have kerosone lanterns, coleman fuel lanterns, combo lanterns (gasoline and coleman fuel), a wood stove to cook on or to heat with, candles, a generator (gasoline) and a 5000 watt inverter (under the hood of my F350). And we can be self-contained in our horse living quarters trailer in about half an hour...and stay for several weeks remotely, without external power.
What if you put a metal container full of wood chips above you kerosene heater. then ran a line off it, you would have a wood gas generator!!! You could heat and cook with it.:thumb: You could even make small ones out of cans that could go above lamps and you could turn that wasted heat into light!!!
Kerosene does have a bit of an odor to it...we use the kerosene mixed with pine shavings in an old laundry soap bottle...as a good fire starter. Pine shavings are our horse stall absorbent...mixed with kerosene, will get just about anything lit, even wet quartered logs.
I have a good supply of kero, but also tried diesel in my oil lamps.
It is a better price here in Aus. than kero and, there is virtually no smell with it, burns just as brightly.
The wick tends to carbon up a bit more, but not a major issue.
At least i know, for my own purposes and requirements, they have a dual fuel function.
It might be worth a try for yourself, don't know what your diesel is like, so safety is the most important factor.
I dont think lamp oil and kerosene(sp) are the same thing. They work the same, but I dont think they are the same. I want to say that lamp oil is a parrifin wax based oil. I have heard kerosene will create an oily residue in your house if you burn it alot, and lamp oil does not. I burn lamp oil all the time and it does not smell, or smoke. I think it would be best to have both on hand, but keep the kerosene for your backup because its cheaper. Just a heads up, Walmart is the best place(cheapest) to buy lamp oil. You can get a gallon for what it costs to get 1/2 gallon everywhere else. So I stocked up when I saw that. I also have bought 4-5 different oil lamps over the ages. Oh, dont forget to get wicks. Somewhere online I saw where you could buy a spool of wick, like 25-50' for really cheap. Way better than paying 3-4 bucks for 2 wicks in a pack. If I am wrong about the differences please let me know and provide some links. Good luck.
I did some reading and I could be talking about something different that I use in my lamps. I use 99% parrifin. But after some research some places dont recommend that in oil lamps because they say because of the type of wick they dont burn well. I have used them for a long time, but maybe they arent as bright as they are suppose to be... I dont know, I will do some more looking.