We lived with kerosene stoves for 4 years on two different boats and found them very practical. I only had burner problems when the boat was in storage
,(the burners rusted up when not used). The burners in the earlier photos look a lot like an old Coleman white gas camp stove I have. Priming a kerosene stove is easy if you use Tilley Wicks. They are a small wick that is built like a wire clothes pin to go around the base of the burner with just the right amount of alcohol. I found that the priming cups made the Tilley Wicks hard to use so I removed the priming cups and life was easy. I kept the Tilley Wicks in a small bottle of alcohol, away from the stove, and if the burner didnt light on the first attempt I waited a while to make sure the wick was cool before dipping it back in the alcohol. Really , the only time the burner didnt light was if I or the wife got distracted and let the burner cool too much before lighting
. Never had soot problems or any detectable smell. Tilley is an old English
company that I assume is still around. They were only about a dollar each when I bought them in the seventies, so I bought 6 or 8 which was good since they would go bad after 10 or 12 months of use. NOW! after all I have said, my next boat had a propane
stove and it was love at first light. Old dogs
can learn new tricks.____Grant.