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Actual excerpt from book: Page 135 "Secure an
Alternate Source of Heat" by Michael S. Hyatt This book is a few years
old, but has some great information in it.
The first decision you'll need to make is how powerful a space heater to purchase. Jeffry Manning of MSI in Saratoga, Indiana, has been in kerosene heater sales and service for more than twenty years, and he says there are two basic sizes: approximately 10,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units, a standard heating measurement that is also used for wood stoves), and around 20,000 BTUs. The smaller one will heat an area of about 420 square feet, while the larger can tackle an area twice that size.
While many people are quick to choose the most powerful model available, Manning cautions that there are serious drawbacks to getting a unit that is too potent. One factor you need to consider is that most kerosene space heaters do not have a thermostat; the heater is either all the way on or completely off. Since heating up and cooling down are the roughest times on a space heater--and since those are the moments when virtually all of them emit somewhat unpleasant odors for five to ten minutes--it's best to pick one that won't need to be turned off very often. Given those cautions, I recommend you take a long, hard look at the 10,000 BTU-size.
If you're in the market for a space heater, give MSI and Jeffry Manning a call. MSI has been in business for more than fifty years and is quickly becoming a nationally recognized leader in kerosene heater sales. You'll find its products listed on the Inter- net at www.msiwix.com . Two models you should preview while you're online are the Toyostove *"Radiant 41 " (RC-41, $179.95), among 10,000 BTU models, and the Kero-Sun *"White Clean 105" (*WC-105, $199.95) at 23,000 BTUs.
The *Radiant 41 is, as the name suggests, a radiating heater (heat comes out in only one direction) and will keep you warm for up to twenty-four hours on a single tank of kerosene-1.24 gallons. This is one of the easiest heaters to use, and it comes with a unique "lift out" fuel tank. This means you don't have to lug the entire unit out to the fuel source when it's time to refill; you just pop out the tank, refill it, anddrop it back in. This is a nice safety feature too, since you can fill the tank in a separate location from the heating unit itself.
For larger heating needs, the *White Clean 105 warms 950 square feet for up to sixteen hours on two gallons of kerosene. In contrast to the Radiant, the *WC-105 is an Omni-directional unit, providing convection heat in all directions. MSI does sell a high-end model, the *"Double Clean 100," that comes with a dual-adjustable flame to provide either 11,200 or 17,500 BTUs. Flexibility has its price, however; the *DC- 100 sells for $279.95.
*Models and Prices have changed since this book was written: Radiant 41 = Radiant 40, White Clean 105 = OMNI 105, DC-100's are all sold out.*
Manning Service, Inc. (MSI)
In my neck of the woods, kerosene is typically stored in
fifty-five-gallon drums. (You can also use plastic gasoline containers. However, be aware
that gasoline is always stored in red cans and kerosene in blue ones.) The drums cost
anywhere from $15 to $20 plus tax. You'll also need a pump. These cost anywhere from $20
to $30. (If your local kerosene distributor doesn't carry them, you can usually find them
at a hardware store.) At the time of this writing, kerosene was selling at about $1.10 per
gallon (Now over $3.00). According to most of the sources I checked, kerosene win keep indefinitely, as
long as you keep it uncontaminated and free from moisture. But some kerosene heater
manuals say that you should begin each season with fresh kerosene and not use any kerosene
that is older than six months. I have been unable to verify this elsewhere. My guess is
that the six-month recommendation is simply a safety precaution. But it's your equipment,
so you be the judge.
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