Home heating oil and Diesel #2 are very close to the same chemical. Kerosene and Diesel #1 are very close to the same chemical. Very close, but not the same. Diesel has tighter specs for meeting "code" than home heating oil or kerosene.
Most diesel engines can burn any of those 4, plus certain grades of jet airplane fuel, and even used cooking oil. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img] But you're much more likely to get a bad batch of heating oil or kerosene that would play havok with your injectors than if you fill up with road-taxed diesel. For the story on the cooking oil, visit the biodiesel forum on TheDieselStop.
If you care to research this more, start at http://www.chevron.com/prodserv/fuels/bulletin/diesel/
and enjoy the week's worth of reading. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smokin.gif[/img]
My Sierra Blanca in the sig pic was a great pickup for 11.5 years. I sold it a coupla years ago. I drove a hand-me-down 2003 F-150 SuperCrew 4.6L 2V for a while, but it was unacceptable for towing more than a rowboat. Replacement is a 2012 F-150 EcoBoost SuperCrew Lariat that tows my 5,000-pound TT like a dream.