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Go to the nearest airport that sells "JETA" fuel.
NOT AvGas, JET A.

It is kerosene. Ask for the stuff they drain from their filters :) Might have to run it through a coffee filter, but hey....

Summer time hoping my solar powered LEDs will take on the lighting load.
The best alternative, by far - even in winter. I would use wood for heat - and lamp oil ONLY if it's the only source of fuel left.
 

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Sorry didn't mean I was using lamps for heat. Being they put off heat, winter is when I would plan to use them. Too hot in summer to add any heat load as it is. Plus more sun to keep batteries charged up.
Oh, I read it clearly enough... I have numerous candles far the same purpose. A few years ago Wal-Mart had the "Catholic" candles on sale for 68 cents each and I bought a bunch.

I sincerely doubt things will get so bad we come down to having such a small amount of liquid oil that it must be conserved for other purposes other than lamps. The only "liquid-oil-type-product" I have in abundance is used motor oil - and it doesn't work well for oil lamps.

The days of easy-to-find pretroleum are well over. If the oil industry ever collapses, there will never be enough money gathered up to get started again - the technology is too expensive and all the "easy to find" (Penn state in the late 1800's) oil is gone.
 

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I am all for propane & a generator, over the lamp oil or kerosene.
Noooo...... waste of good fuel.
Solar panels & LED lights go 100,000 times further
 

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True, but nights, cloudy days propane generator works well, and if you have one now, why not use up the stores after the fall, then move on to just solar & lamp oil.
ONLY if you have a GOOD staged charge controller (like a Balmar controller unit, or similar) otherwise you are down to like 15%-20% charging your batteries, That is a HUGE waste of valuable energy if TSHTF...

Propane is very valuable to be able to cook indoors so people can't smell your food.
 
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