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Kerosene is a flammable liquid that is created by distilling petroleum at a very high temperature. It is derived primarily by refining the crude oil (petroleum) within a specific boiling range at an atmospheric pressure of 400 degrees to 550 degrees Fahrenheit.[1]

As a fuel source, it used to heat and fuel vehicles. Before electricity was invented, kerosene was also the primary fuel used in lighting. In fact, kerosene was first widely produced for use as early as 1846.[2]

Kerosene is the main fuel source for gas turbine engines used in many types of aircraft and rockets. When used in rockets, kerosene is mixed with liquid oxygen to produce enough of a heating source. [3]

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  1. Glossary. Tea Inc. 2008-09-29.
  2. What is Kerosene. 2008-09-29.
  3. What is Kerosene. 2008-09-29.