Dry Burning is when you allow your heater run
out of kerosene. Turn the wick up to maximum height just before
it goes out and better wick cleaning will occur. If the wick is
very dirty it may need to be replaced or you can dry burn a second
time. Because this process can get a little smelly and produce
harmful gas, it is best to do it outside the house.
When the wick is used for long periods of heater burning or
if your use red colored kerosene in the heater your wick will
collect deposits of back and hard material. These deposits can
cause the following symptoms to happen. If these occur it’s
time to dry burn or replace your wick.
- Ignition of the wick becomes difficult.
- Up and down movement of the wick becomes difficult.
- For Radiant Heaters: the radiant screen in the glass enclosed
heat chamber does not glow red hot.
- For Convection Heaters: the flame tips cannot reach the
top of the heat chamber.
- The time between Ignition and normal burning is too long.
- Strong fumes or odors develop.
To obtain maximum efficiency of heater usage you should dry
burn the wick as it accumulates deposits. Many people dry burn
the wick about once a week. The first dry burn should take place
within a week of using the heater or after about 3.5 tanks of
kerosene. In addition to keeping your wick clean it keeps the
fiberglass of the wick stronger leading to a longer wick life
and produces less odor.
Please refer to your Kerosene Heater Owner's Manual for detailed
instructions for your particular heater.