How to Change a Kerosene Heater Wick

How to Change a Kerosene Heater Wick
A kerosene heater makes camping a warmer and more enjoyable experience. But your heater needs careful maintenance and care to protect yourself from potential accidents. You need to consider what kind of kerosene lamp you have, what wick you need for your specific product, and access to any user manuals. Each heater works a little differently and proper instructions and guidance to remove a wick safely are needed.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wick Screwdriver Pliers Masking tape
  • Wick
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Masking tape
Step 1
Determine what kind of kerosene heater you have by looking for the manufacturer's mark. Sites including Kerosene-wicks.com offer links to kerosene manufacturer manuals with directions on changing wicks (see Resources). Every lamp works differently and directions to change a wick can vary.
Step 2
Take your lamp outdoors and "dry burn" the wick in a safe area. Not all wicks can be dry burned. Look at your kerosene heater manual and wick instructions to make sure dry burning is a recommended option. Light the wick and let it burn until all of the kerosene is burned from the wick.
Step 3
Turn off your kerosene heater using the power button. Remove any batteries from the kerosene lamp.
Step 4
Locate the burner ignition knob or wick control knob on your heater. Take a screwdriver to remove the front plate and base from the lamp if needed.
Step 5
Remove the fuel tank from the lamp and carefully set aside.
Step 6
Locate the wick ring and remove any screws or nuts with a screwdriver. Pull the wick guide up and pull the wick lever.
Step 7
Continue removing the screws to the ignition and frame until you reach the wick and its holder. Look for a pin that fits into a tube holding the wick and remove it with your fingers or pull up until it releases a lever or arm. Pull out the wick and its holder. If they don't pull away easily, look for screws or nuts you may have missed.
Step 8
Use a pair of paddle bladed pliers and gently push the wick down until it retracts and can be removed. Do not tug hard on the wick. Place the new wick into the guide and line up with the holder.
Step 9
Reassemble the heater the same way you took it apart. This step can be complicated if you loose track of which screws go where. Write down each step and organize your screws with masking tape or labels.

Tips & Warnings

 
Buy a wick for your specific kerosene heater model. Do not use a generic wick. Directions on changing a kerosene heater wick can vary for different types of heaters. You need the manual that goes with your lamp to properly change a kerosene heater wick.
 
Buy a wick for your specific kerosene heater model. Do not use a generic wick.
 
Directions on changing a kerosene heater wick can vary for different types of heaters. You need the manual that goes with your lamp to properly change a kerosene heater wick.
 
Dry burning can cause a bad odor and excess carbon monoxide. Never leave a burning kerosene heater unattended or use in an enclosed area.
 
Dry burning can cause a bad odor and excess carbon monoxide.
 
Never leave a burning kerosene heater unattended or use in an enclosed area.

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