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How to Clean and Store A Kerosene Heater

Below is a list of necessary precautions to take when operating a kerosene heater. Examine our selection of kerosene heater manuals for information on specific models.

Kerosene Heater Storage

These are standard guidelines for storage of any kerosene heater.

Never store a heater with fuel in the tank. This promotes water collection and mold growth, which damages your heater. Remove all the fuel from the heater outside by siphoning it with a pump. If kerosene is spilled, clean it immediately, as it is toxic and flammable. To remove all the fuel and clean the wick, burn the heater dry.

Check the igniter to make sure it is functioning properly (easily moveable and quick to light). If the igniter is not easily operable, it should be replaced. If the igniter is battery operated, batteries should be removed and stored separately. Igniter and battery troubleshooting here.

Clean all dust and soot from the heater. Kerosene heater cleaning here. Keep the heater in a cool/dry place, preferably in the original packaging for best protection.

If you choose to store kerosene fuel do so properly with our instructions here.

Cleaning A Kerosene Heater

Clean the outside of a kerosene heater with a mixture of ammonia and water or use common non-flammable household cleaners. For really dirty kerosene heaters, a mixture of oven cleaner and elbow grease will do the trick. The glass mantle or panel on radiant heaters should be removed and cleaned with soapy water.

For cleaning the inside of the tank, it is important not to contaminate the tank with water or cleaning products. This is why you can only use 1-K kerosene to clean the inside of the tank. Use 1-K kerosene to scrub and wash away all dirt and debris. Siphon away the contaminated kerosene and return it to a service station for proper disposal. Do not reuse this kerosene.

Check the chimney burner for carbon deposits and remove them with a rag or brush. Replace batteries, igniter, and wick if necessary.