Did you ever wonder how the oil was discovered?
In 1852, a Canadian inventor named Abraham Gesner discovered how to make kerosene from crude petroleum.
In an age when candles and whale oil provided the only light after sun down, it was a dramatic discovery.
Borrowing a page from alcohol distillers, Gesner used the primitive still type system to still and refine crude petroleum by heating it and separating its various elements.
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