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We changed our kerosene heater wick yesterday, but after it burned all day long the smell was so strong we had to turn it off. It was burning our eyes. How can I get the smell to go down?

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We bought two heaters right before Christmas and have returned both of them for replacements and the problem continues. The heater burns great for about three weeks then the wick starts to burn low and...


What you described, usually occurs when the heater runs out of kerosene or the wick is not turned up gradually, as it burns away from normal usage.

If what you described had only happened once, I would say, the wick may have been originally installed improperly by the manufacturer. But, for it to happen twice in such a short period of time, discounts that idea.

Back, before we went exclusively the selling gas heaters, gas fireplaces, gas logs, etc. We stocked, sold & serviced these heaters. They were very reliable and had only minimal problems with them. In those few cases that we did, the majority were caused by operator error ( they didn't read & follow the Owners Manual instructions) and were easily solved.

The only other thing that "may" be causing your problem is contaminated kerosene. In which case, buy your kerosene form a different supplier. And properly dispose of what you currently have.

Hope this helps solve your problem.

Mar 02, 2011 | Dyna-Glo Heating & Cooling

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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.

on Mar 13, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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Bought kerosene heater in middle of November and seem to have a wick issue. It will not burn properly and makes me wonder if wick was place in upside down. Can I fix it myself?


Trust me you can not install a wick upside down, the bottom of a wick is like an old mop. It has loose wove string and knots, it's job is to **** up fuel. Things to remember about wicks are, they need cleaned some times, I use an old tooth brush and gently brush the wick with it set down low so it does not get damaged. A wick must also sit and soak for at least a half hour before attempting to light it. A good practice to get in to is about every fourth tank of fuel let the heater burn out, this also cleans out the wick and burns off all of the impurities from dirty fuel. Yes you can check your wick but the entire heater does have to be tore down and you should do it only with an empty tank of fuel. This takes time , patience, and a little mechanical know how. When burning out a heater please remove it from your house and let it burn the smell is terrible, if you do this in your house it will smell like a semi truck is running in it.

Dec 28, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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My dynaglo kerosene heater will not continue to burn. It is full of fuel and will light but will not burn. what could be the problem?


Many things can cause this to happen and here are a few of the most common. The wick could be dirty, wicks should be brownish black in color, soft to the touch and flexible. Wicks will get hard and full of soot, my solution is to clean the wick with an old tooth brush gently brush it and I do this with the wick up about half way so I do not damage it. Then I take a shop vac and **** out all the stuff from the wick, make sure it still moves from high to low easily. Now soak the wick for roughly a half an hour and then light it. If the cleaning does not work you will have to change out the wick and remember that soaking the wick is the most important thing to getting good life out of it. Another practice is to burn out your heater each four to five tanks of fuel, this does stink bad so when you do this do it outside. Once you notice that you are about out of fuel take the heater out side and just let it burn out, this does clean the wicks on these heaters. Fill with K1 kerosene soak for the half hour with the wick completely turned down, then set to high and light it up. This cuts down on smell, helps it burn hotter,and in turn burns more efficiently.

Dec 26, 2010 | Heating & Cooling

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Once I light the wick the flame flutters until it almosts extinguishes itself


Have you ever changed your wick? This sounds as if the wick is dirty or hard to the touch and that is normal on these heaters. First is fuel selection and K1 kerosene is fuel of choice for these. Next as a rule of thumb about every three tanks burn out the heater completely(do not do this in the house it really smells terrible when it burns out). Make sure you soak the wick at least a half hour prior to lighting. If the wick is newer you can try cleaning it with an old tooth brush by raising the wick just high enough to brush it lightly. Feel the wick and if it is hard loosen it up by bending then brushing it. Ultimately you will need to replace the wick and that is all about patience take your time and follow a manufacturers instructions. Good luck.

Dec 13, 2010 | Dyna-Glo Heating & Cooling

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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!

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Dyno-Glo RMC-95-C7 kerosene heater. replaced wick


once the tank gets low(on E) put the heater outside and let the remaining fuel burn completely out. This will burn off the residue build up on the wick and make it easier to turn off manually. do this often. i also use an old toothbrush to "fluff up" the wick. if the residue is too hard for the toothbrush bristles, flip the toothbrush over and break up the residue with the back side of the toothbrush. once all (or nearly all) of the residue has burned off you may see some smoke when you ignite the wick again. also, it may smell for a bit. I always light and shut off the heater outdoors. I mounted a dolly (table withe 4 wheels) under the heater to make transporting it easier. hope this helps!

Jan 02, 2010 | Dyna-Glo Heating & Cooling

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Wick not burning properly and smells


You need to use pure kerosene do not use died or color kerosene it depletes the wick faster and causes a distinct odor. Pure kerosene should be clear.

Dec 16, 2009 | Heating & Cooling

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Fumes


Generally a kerosene heater will put out a strong smell for a few minutes after it is first lit, and for a few minutes after you put it out. Generally, it will be much stronger after it's extinguished. I usually extinguish mine and immediately set it out on the concrete porch to keep the smell out of the house.

Opening a window for a few minutes right after lighting the heater will help with the fumes at startup.

If your heater is constantly putting off fumes, even after burning for a little while, then it may be time to burn the wick dry. This should be done every few months anyway as general maintenance.

First, siphon all the fuel from the tank. You will need to disassemble the heater and gain access to the top of the wick. Raise the wick to it's highest point and use your fingers or a flat nosed pair of pliers to break up the hard black tar coating on the top of the wick. The smaller you can break the coating, the faster it will burn off. Once thats done, reassemble your heater, raise the wick to it's highest point and light it. It will probably burn for an hour or two because it will first burn all of the fuel soaked up in your wick, but then it will burn off the tar. Finally, it will go out.

After this, you should be ok, to refill your heater and relight as normal.

If you find when you disassemble it that the wick has a hard tar ring down inside, you may have a hard time breaking that up and cleaning it. It is possible... But I would probably just replace the wick.

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