With the cool Spring weather and the Hitzer shut down for the season, I needed an alternative heating source for the shoulder seasons. After some research I decided that kerosene may be a good solution for these cold nights during the late Spring and early Fall when running a coal stove is simply uneconomical. Other fuels were explored, but the initial investment in equipment and the high cost of fuel made the other options cost prohibitive.
Kerosene requires very little in the way of an initial investment and operating cost. Kerosene is no longer cheap, but its relative safety when stored and long shelf-life due to its chemical stability makes kerosene a viable alternative to propane heating equipment.
Just like coal stoves, not all kerosene equipment and not all sizes are right for every situation. You must size the kerosene heater for your needs, they are not adjustable in btu output without negatively impacting efficiency. Therefore, I have bought three different kerosene heaters, each with a different btu output. From my research and asking questions from people who restore kerosene heaters, they all seem in agreement that the Japanese made kerosene heaters are the best. Kerosene is the fuel of choice in Japan and is common for them, whereas constant litigation here in the United States has made the Japanese manufacturers withdraw from the american market.
These are my current kerosene heaters. I would like to add a vintage Perfection or Barler kerosene heater to my inventory. The Perfection brand heaters were originally financed by John D Rockefeller and heated my great-grandparents 4,000 sq ft farmhouse, the one pictured in my avatar, for nearly one hundred years.
1). Futura (Sanyo) FH-21, 7200 btu room heater.
2). Kero-Sun Omni 15, 8700 btu room heater.
3). Kero-Sun Omni 105, 21000 btu house heater.
Does anyone here own, use or restore kerosene heaters or have a favorite stove they want to talk about?