kerosine would work on wood , however kerosine leaves a residue , that does not like to dry out. That is why I use a laquer thinner , and next expect to go to a gasoline bomb. I know that everyone probably does not like the idea of gasoline, but it is a good solvent , and every good solvent that I know of is explosive if gotten into a vapor phase. As an added thought I know that a lot of people use a oven cleaner or some other basic formula that will destroy wood grain and or raise or destroy cartouches; and if your going to use an oven cleaner , you might as well mix your own with basic red devil lye and water and spray it on the stock (will cost a hell of a lot less). Also look up oxalic acid if you have any doubts on its uses.
on top of that everyone should have oxalic acid on hand for light rust removal... though it will remove blueing also.