How to Replace Sanyo Kerosene Wicks
Sanyo kerosene heaters were once a fairly popular option in the United States, but today most of these heaters are sold in other countries as the American side focused on electronics. There are still many of the old-style Sanyo kerosene heaters left, and if you have one of these, you'll need to learn about replacing the wick to keep it working properly.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Purchase a replacement wick for the Sanyo kerosene heater. You can find the size of wick needed by consulting your owner's manual. If you don't have a copy of the manual, then check with Miles Stair's Wick Shop. He lists the wicks sold according to the model number of the heater.
Remove the flame spreader and burn basket in the heater by turning both items in a counterclockwise direction, then grasp the wick firmly and pull upward to release it from the cog. Keep pulling until the wick and cog pull loose from the heater. You may need to turn the wick to the left for it to come loose.
Check the fuel tank and see if you have any kerosene left in the tank. If there's even the slightest bit left, drain it by holding the tank to one side and pouring the kerosene into an approved container. You may want to protect your face while doing this step.
Squeeze the wick between two fingers, and pull it firmly to remove the wick from the tank. Slide the new wick into the slot on the tank by guiding the paper tabs through the slots on either side and pushing the wick through the middle. The wick should stick out less than an inch from the top of the tank.
Slide the fuel tank back into place on the heater, and fill it with kerosene if you plan on using it again soon. Give the heater 30 to 60 minutes before you use it, which lets the wick soak into the kerosene and coat the inside of the wick.
Tips & Warnings
Sanyo still sells some replacement parts for older products. You can contact the company directly and check on a new wick or any other part you need.
Don't try to light the heater right away because the wick will simply burn down and may ignite the kerosene. Give it enough time to start absorbing the liquid from inside the heater.
Article Written By Jennifer Eblin
Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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