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Kerosene heater maintenance

In order to keep the wick clean on your kerosene heater it is necessary to let it run out of fuel and burn itself out every so often. This will burn off the accumulated resin left in the wick and make it burn nice and bright again without smoking.

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WILL NOT START BURNING. REPLACED BATTERIES, GOOD SPARK. CLEANED. NO FIRE


When is the last time you cleaned your wick? A dirty wick will not light, wicks should be soft to the touch look burnt but not hard. Are you burning K1 kerosene? Other grades of kerosene have larger amounts of parafin in them this creates a crusty black hard carbon on the wick making it hard to light and also makes it smell like a semi truck running. I use an old tooth brush and clean the wick, let it set and soak for at least a half hour then try to light. Just a tip if you let your heater burn out every third tank this cleans your wick. Only burn it out in a well ventilated area as this stinks something bad never do this inside. Don't forget let the wick soak for at least a half hour. If your wick is over three years old replace it. Good luck hope this helps!

Dec 10, 2010 | Northern Tool 10,600 BTU Radiant Kerosene...

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Is it true that if you use moth balls with the fuel in my kerosene heater it burns cleaner & there wont be any build up on the wick? I get alot of soot build up on the wick of my kerosene heater & it doesnt run as efficient or I have to change the wick quite often. The kerosene in the area that I live is not too refined. I think its also quite old. Do please let me know. Thank you


I can't answer about moth balls cleaning the wick but off the top of my head I would not try it as I do not know just what gases your unit would give off. I use kerosene heaters and find that after about 5 tanks of fuel I put on a pair of household rubber gloves, remove the chimney and turn the wick all the way up. Then I roll the wick between my fingers and get the hard carbon off. Once I have the wick clean I use the shop vac to vacuum it all up. I have found that by doing this my wick is never dirty, I do not get any smoke and the wicks last more than 20 years. Probably a better idea than moth balls. Let me know how you make out.

hardrocko

Feb 09, 2010 | Reddy Heater-170,000 BTU Kerosene Deluxe

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dyna-glo kerosene heater (rmc-55-r7 )


wicks won't light for usually one of 2 reasons. water in the kerosene, which means a new wick and new fuel. or build-up on the wick. check to see if the wick is hard. your wick should be soft. burning out the heater until all fuel is used either by running down all the fuel in the unit or removing the fuel can and lighting to burn off all fuel in the bottom will prevent the wick from getting hard.

Mar 09, 2008 | Heating & Cooling

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kerosene heater will not wick up fuel from tank properly


Have you checked the length of wick. May not be long enough to get down into fuel. RON

Jan 26, 2008 | Northern Tool 10,600 BTU Radiant Kerosene...

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why am I replacing wicks every 3 weeks


could be you got the flame a little too high so its burning off the top of the wick.

Dec 27, 2007 | Corona 23-DK Compact Heater

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