How high should a kerosene heater wick be?
Getting the Correct Flame Height You want the flames to be a height of around 0.5 inches, which you can see from the window in the burn chamber. If the flame is too strong or weak, turn the wick knob clockwise to raise or anticlockwise to lower it.
How do you adjust the wick on a kerosene heater?
In some cases, you are going to have to change the wick. Remove the screws that hold the cabinet in place with a screwdriver, then you can lift its handle to take it off. Remove the knob used to adjust the wick, then when you reassemble it, you should be able to adjust the wick with the knob again.
How long does a kerosene wick need to soak?
Always allow the wick to soak completely before initial ignition. Soak the wick for at least 60 minutes in the down position in a full tank of fuel. Perform this soaking process for new wicks and anytime a wick has burnt dry.
How long do wicks last in kerosene heaters?
How long does a wick last in a kerosene lamp? An 8 inch wick will last through about 15 gallons of lamp oil (that’s enough wick to burn 24 hours a day for 320 days). Consider this: The distance from the top of the wick to the fuel, for any average oil lamp or lantern, is 6 inches.
How often should you dry burn kerosene heater wick?
once a week
For your heater to burn to its maximum efficiency, you should regularly dry burn the wick as it accumulates deposits. Many people dry burn the wick as much as once a week. The first dry burn should take place within a week of using the heater or after burning 3.5 tanks of kerosene.
What causes black smoke from a kerosene heater?
If you are sure of your kerosene and your heater is giving off sooty black smoke it is a sign that the fuel/air mix is off. Make sure your heater is not in a draft. Too much air can create a very high flame condition. Avoid placing the heater in drafty areas or under a ceiling fan.
Why is my kerosene heater not burning right?
If your kerosene heater won’t light: Make sure your heater is filled with quality K-2 grade kerosene, and that the wick has been soaked for at least an hour before attempting to light it. When you push the “ignite” button, the igniter should move into position above the wick surface and glow a bright orange.
How do I know if my kerosene has water in it?
The best way to tell if you have good fuel is to siphon off a small amount of kerosene from the very bottom of your storage container into a small clear jar. It is important to pump from the bottom because if there is water present that’s where it will be since it has a higher specific gravity than kerosene.
Why is my kerosene heater flame too high?
Make sure the chimney is seated correctly, or you may notice a very high flame on one side. If the high orange flame is all the way around, the wick may just be too high. Try rolling the wick adjuster knob down within the adjustment range. Click here for the proper installation of a wick.