Kerosene heater will not wick up fuel from tank properly
After 1st lit starts to burn then slowly burns out. I Have completly dissasembled,cleaned all pts+lower mop like wick and replace upper wick,flushed out tanks and added new kero from diff source. If tillted aprox 25deg to left will work for 5-10 min then burns down again. Comfort Glow mod.# GR9B radiant/catalitic type htr. Don't think it's been made for a long time but sure worked great till just recent.
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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.
I didn't realize how quickly condensation can enter the tank. Condensation will ruin the wick permanently, even a brand new wick.
To avoid condensation, do NOT empty the tank unless you are replacing the wick, or some other repair requires it. Likewise, do NOT burn the kerosene out, for the same reason: condensation.
When the tank is filled enough, condensation can still enter but the wick will be able to burn and you won't know the difference. But as soon as the kerosene is gone, all the wick has is water.
STORAGE: When you burn out the kerosene to store it, condensation can enter and you will not be able to use the wick again. So unless it's necessary, don't burn out the kerosene.
If you have to store the heater in a place that requires the tank to be empty, dissassemble the heater before you use it again and make sure the tank is completely dry and contains no water BEFORE you use it again.
I think but I'm not sure, that the tank must have been designed to let some condensation fall to the sides, or somehow get out of the way. But I'm certain this doesn't last because condensatiion is inevitable and it will accumulate.
well i let it go out strictly by accident, and what i was told was to cut the wick below the burned area to start fresh again and if possible make sure its as even as you can get fill the tank give it a few minutes to soak the fuel and light it!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.