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Vulcan oil heater

I recently bought a house that has an old oil heater on the wall. I have no idea on how to start it any ideas?

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1. Check electricity is on.
2. Check oil is in the tank and valve turned on.
3. Switch the fan off at the bottom left hand corner.
4. Switch oil knob to No.1.
5. Set Air knob to No.3.
6. Operate re set button (right hand corner of heater under settings dial). Either press in until it clicks or if the pull out version pull out until it clicks.

Wait - ignition should take place in a few minutes and flames will appear on the left of the burner under the radiants.

You should get occasional yellow crests above the pure blue flame just visible below the top row of burner holes under the radiants.

After the red warning light goes out you can adjust to higher settings.

The radiants do not glow on low setting.

You can adjust the heater on to higher settings but this should be done gradually - no more than 2 settings at a time.

Some warnings:

* The unit must be correctly earthed.
* Do not use anything except heater oil.
* Never attempt to re-light the heater when it is hot.
* If the red light does not appear when the oil knob is switched on, immediately turn the oil knob off. Reasons include: Heater is too hot; Electric plug turned off; failure of ignition system.

Good luck - no responsibility taken for the advice (but it is largely copied from my Vulcan heaters instruction manual which I still have (installed in 1967).

Posted on May 05, 2008

  • homeygnomey Jul 27, 2011

    This is great thanks. We are trying to ressurect an old Vulcan oil heater but its tank is empty. We are in Lithgow NSW. Does anyone know where we might buy some oil from or does anyone have some left in a tank somewhere that we can test this old girl with. scarlett

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Turn valve on at bottom of oil tank,turn air control(Center Knob) to midway position, oil control to number 3(outer knob) pull lever under this knob out,and fan control to either hi or low, once heater strarts oil control can be turned up to increase heat, but air control will also need to be adjusted, you should end up with a blue flame and the ceramics glowing red.

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