Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:27 pm

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?
EarthWindandFire
 
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:05 pm

I have the omni 105 and also a radiant 10. Then I have a corona. The shop I worked at as a kid sold the corona's. they were top dog in thier day. I have a few perfection heaters. Gt me at the Amish flea markets. The excessive collection of Aladdin lamps helps as they put out 2500 btu at 60 watt lumens..... 8-) kero is 4 bucks a gal!!!!!!! ;)
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: franco b On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:19 pm

Consumer Reports killed off kerosene heaters with their report documenting the air pollution the unvented heaters added to the room. I think they were right that unvented heaters are not the best idea.
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:40 pm

I like the Toyotomi OM22s and the Laser 73s (forget Monitors). Air comes from the outside and gets returned there. Never a smell of kerosene, good shoulder month stuff and great microprocessors but not antiques.
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:43 pm

yes indeed they are very good and efficient heaters. till the lister gives up the rod's.... :roll:


the back up to back up are centrally plumbed LP gas wall units. a blue flame as well as a 5 panel ceramic to spread the wealth around the fossil fuel world!! :lol:
Poconoeagle
 
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed May 01, 2013 7:10 pm

After some further investigating, it's clear that the Japanese have advanced the technology of burning kerosene over the last thirty years from what we remember and learned as kids and now as adults. The kerosene heaters we currently use were designed by Corona, Toyotomi/Kero-Sun and others in the 1970's. The latest units sold at Sears, Home Depot and Lowes are all cheaply made Korean and Chinese clones. However, the Japanese continue to design and manufacture the very best kerosene heaters but no longer export them to the United States.

The current batch of high quality Japanese made kerosene heaters are manufactured by three main companies; Corona, Toyotomi and Dainichi. There are many websites that discuss life in Japan and how they heat their homes and apartments using just kerosene heaters and Kotatsu tables which are simple tables with an electric heater suspended under the tables top.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kotatsu

I've watched several videos about the new Japanese kerosene heaters and read reviews of the heaters written by americans living in Japan. The thought has crossed my mind of importing a brand new kerosene fan heater from Japan. The shipping cost alone would be about two hundred dollars, so this idea is shelved for the moment. They look just like a modern dehumidifier and operate the same as your window air-conditioner or microwave does at home.

http://www.corona.co.jp/en/products/heat.html

http://www.kt70.com/~jamesjpn/articles/heating-homes-japan.html

http://ishikawajet.wordpress.com/2009/11/24/how-to-use-a-kerosene-heater/
EarthWindandFire
 
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Fri May 03, 2013 8:56 pm

Here's a photo of my smallest kerosene heater. It is just 7200 btu's but is very well made and rare. Futura made several models in different sizes and I'm looking to get a larger model. Let me know if you have a Futura which was made by Sanyo.

According to the Wick Shop's website, Futura made seven different kerosene heaters.

http://www.milesstair.com/by_make/FUTURA_Kerosene_Heaters.html
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EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: McGiever On: Fri May 03, 2013 9:49 pm

Hey EWF, Do any of these unit get vented to the "out of doors"?

How does the cost of Kerosene Fuel compare with the cost of other fuels in the "Fuel Calculator"?

One thing for sure, kerosene sure stinks if/when you drip some when refueling or where ever it is stored. :sick:
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Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Fri May 17, 2013 3:01 pm

McGiever,

I just bought some kerosene from the local gas station and paid 4.99 per gallon. Kerosene is not cheap, however the heaters require no elctricity to operate and pair very well with people who use coal. The kerosene heaters are great for the shoulder months and require very little maintenance. They are unvented appliances and have very little smell if lit and extinguished outside. They do smell when first lit and when shut-off, which is why lighting them outside is best.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.

Re: Kerosene Heaters, Stoves and Lanterns.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Apr 28, 2014 10:39 am

I've had the coal stove shut-off for a few weeks now. I went to buy kerosene at my local gas station this weekend and paid $ 5.50 per gallon. The price just keeps going up. The kerosene I buy is undyed A1 clear which is the recommended fuel for kerosene heaters. The dyed kerosene clogs the wick.

Next year I will buy 4 tons of coal and plan to use the stove until May 1st.
EarthWindandFire
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Leisure Line Lil' Heater.
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer model 75.
Other Heating: Oil and Natural Gas.


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