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SIZING YOUR KEROSENE HEATER TO FIT YOUR NEED
 

What you want to get is a heater that will comfortably fill your heating needs without having too much excess heating capacity. Most Wick Type Kerosene Heaters are made to run at one temperature for maximum heat, efficiency and clean exhaust. Buying too large of a heater will cause you to turn the heater off if it gets too warm in the room and then light it again when the room cools off. This on and off of the heater will cause more kerosene odor and could dirty the wick up faster.

If you turn the flame down too much, you will get incomplete burn and a high kerosene odor. If you turn a heater's flame up too high, you can get smoke and soot buildup.

In general, you can estimate the size of the heater you need by multiplying the square footage of the room you plan to heat to 70 by the factor 22.  For example, if you had a 20' X 20' basement den you wanted to zone-heat, you would perform the following calculations:

[a] 20 X 20 = 400 (total number of square feet to be heated)

[b] 400 X 22 (the constant factor) = 8,800 BTU/hour

You'll need a heater rated at 8,800 BTU/hour to warm up your den. Naturally, you won't be able to find one that's rated exactly that, but the nearest size up, a 10,000 BTU model, should perform admirably.

GUIDE TO SIZING ROOM HEATERS

MODEL

HEAT
RATING
(BTU/HR.)

BURNING
TIME
(HOURS)

HEATING AREA (SQ. FT.)*

0

20

HEATMATE CONVECTION

CV2230

23,000

12-16

950

1,140

HEATMATE RADIANT

CT1100 & CTN110

10,600

16-20

420

500

SENGOKU

OR-77 OMNI-Radiant

10,000

14

360

400

KEROHEAT

RF-1140 with Built-In Fan

10,600

14

360

500

ALPACA

Cooker/Heater

8,500

16

300

330

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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