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post #1 of 33 Old 07-31-2009, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Kerosene or ??? - chain maintenance

It's getting difficult, or inconvenient, to find kerosene -- at least where I live. Diesel will dissolve and displace grunge. I can't think of any reason why diesel wouldn't be a suitable substitute for chain cleaning -- except that maybe it's too oily to allow post-cleaning chain lube to stick.

Thoughts and opinions from the well-informed and experienced?

I've always before cracked my chains and removed them to a parts washer for cleaning.

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Diesel is fine. It's very close to the same thing as kerosene, jet fuel, etc.


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Use diesel fuel ..it's slightly differently refined but close enough for chains.

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Good on diesel! Thanks!

All of my previous road/street machines have been shaft drive and my dirt bikes were sanitary -- no tupperware -- with daily or frequent chain-snatching and cleaning required.

Now, by unspoken agreement with LowAndSilent (in a different thread) for a prompt reply to this posted question, I'll have to cough up membership bux to the forum -- and definitely not because it gains me access to Spank...

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Now, by unspoken agreement with LowAndSilent (in a different thread) for a prompt reply to this posted question, I'll have to cough up membership bux to the forum -- and definitely not because it gains me access to Spank...
You're really worried about that, aren't you? :bom_evilgrin:

We know what your real motives are.

Anyway. I'm weird, I use mineral spirits to clean my chain (probably more expensive). Great for cleaning the wheel rims as well.

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I got a gallon of kerosene from my Ace Hardware a year ago. Have used it for chain maintenance and all manner of parts cleaning for a year now and still have a good bit left.

Ace Kerosene + Dupont Teflon lube does it for me.

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I got a gallon of kerosene from my Ace Hardware a year ago. Have used it for chain maintenance and all manner of parts cleaning for a year now and still have a good bit left.

Ace Kerosene + Dupont Teflon lube does it for me.

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I like the diesel idea, since I always have it on hand for my Kubota tractor. I just thought it might be too oily and cause chain lube to shed. When I last used chains, the quality, technology, and maintenance were all much different than today. It was a good time to ask a question.

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Not that there's anything wrong with it.........................

In two years and 35,000 miles of DL ownership, I've gone through my first gallon.

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Diesel is fine. It's very close to the same thing as kerosene, jet fuel, etc.
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The answer is basically correct but diesel and jet fuel are nowhere near the same thing.

Diesel sits below gas in the barrel of oil, it's basically very thin oil, you then go up through gas (petrol) to kerosene and jet fuel. To put it another way;

Diesel is refined oil
Gas (Petrol) is refined diesel
Kerosene is refined gas
Jet fuel is refined kerosene.
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Diesel is refined oil
Gas (Petrol) is refined diesel
Kerosene is refined gas
Jet fuel is refined kerosene.
I think you messed that up.

I have a general question for the forum: How does cleaning the outside of the chain make it last longer? Please give specific details.

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