The name kerosene is derived from the Greek word ‘Keros’ meaning wax. It also has other names including; 28 second oil, boiler juice, paraffin and kero.
Fractional distillation is the process used to create kerosene. It works by separating the compounds that form crude oil and breaks it down to leave a clear, thin oil.
Kerosene is a multi-use fuel that has been in use for centuries, many people still rely on this fuel as a method of heating their homes or even for kerosene-fulled lamps.
Kerosene works well as a cleaning agent and is sometimes used to clean old oil from bicycle and motorcycle chains before new lubrication is applied.