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Question DetailsAsked on 11/20/2015

Where do they service portable kerosene heaters?

Have a Carona model 23-DK 23,000 BTU Kerosene heater that needs a new wick and a tuneup in area code 23518 Norfolk Virginia. Unit is portable and I can deliver it to the service center. Bruce Dyer

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I have seen this service advertised at gas service companies that sell and service propane devices, barbecues, etc. Also at dealers of a specific brand (though maybe not Corona, because that appears to be a low-end product from Japan) - commonly tool and yard equipment dealers. An Appliance Repair - Small place might be able to do it too.

To tell you the truth - for this value item, not many will searvice it because a "service" is likley to cost near as much as a new one - the wicks are designed to be user replaceable, and a simple wiping down when changing wick should probably be all it needs for maintenance.

Manufacturer's website does not list any service locations.

One thought - if using this indoors, read up on the dangers of unvented combustion devices indoors, and the damage that can be caused by the extreme amount of water vapor they turn out - not to mention sooting up your house. I see them advertised for sale on the web and Amazon and such, but bear in mind they are totally illegal in probably most parts of the country for indoor use because of the dangers - both carbon monoxide and the nitrous and carbon dioxide hazards as well, not to mention the knock-over and fuel spillage hazards.

Bear in mind using a 23,000 Btu/hr kerosene heater is roughly equivalent to running a 3HP diesel engine in your house - exhausting directly into your house - consider if you would do that !

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


One source I forgot - you might find some Appliance Repair - Small places will do this (but would certainly have to get the parts), and some old- neighborhood hardware store owners might help you learn how to do it yourself if you print out the instructions and get the wick. Not tough - maintenance/cleaning on this type of item is designed to be simple, DIY type. Basically, if you can't fix it yourself they figure it is time to replace it, if not under warranty.

One note - kerosene and #2/#3 diesel are very similar, but do NOT use diesel - first it is not quite as refined as stove kerosene in gallon cans (as opposed to #2/#3 heating oil which is not highly refined) so might plug up your flashback preventer screen, and also the vehicle diesel has additives that can cause a very bad stink (think stinky diesel truck running in your house) and might well be dangerous to breathe in enclosed space as well.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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