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Old 19-06-2022, 04:01   #16
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Re: Help! Pressurized Kerosene Stove

I have used Primus paraffin stoves for many decades & still have a very compact one which disassembles into a tin for mountain/camping activity. The advantages are that you can see how much fuel you have, the flame is adjustable but very hot & there is no risk of explosion. The disadvantages are that the fuel is smelly if spilled, some knowledge or skill is needed to operate & maintain it if problems are to be preempted. The main hazard is spectacular flare-ups of unvapourised fuel. This is almost invariably caused by not pre heating the burner before tentatively turning on the regulator valve. I have used methylated spirit as the priming fuel, but alternatively burning paste and Meta solid fuel blocks ( similar to that which comes in the ultra simple military folding stoves in field ration packs) . Prickers for cleaning the jet can be bought from camping equipment suppliers.
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Re: Help! Pressurized Kerosene Stove

I have 3 of these stoves; one in each boat and one in a hunting cabin. I have done most of my cooking on these for some years. Great stoves, very safe, efficient and hot.

The MOST LIKELY issue us insufficient preheat. That is caused by:
1: not filling the pre heat cup sufficiently
2: incorrect preheat fluid - look for alcohol that says it is for marine stoves. Once when stuck I used high proof white lightning rhum mixed with sterno to get it liquid enough.
3: kerosene leaking into the preheat cup - unlikely, but make sure the cup is bone dry before starting

I have never seen a clogged jet cause this problem.

This is a typical new user mistake and I have done it myself. I do NOT use the above mentioned wicks because I found they prolonged the preheat time and were an annoyance.

Sterno works well but I find it a bit messy. When mixed with alcohol so I can use my squirt bottle it is very good.

To make the stove easier to use get a Justrite chemical squirter bottle from Grainger or others. Half fill with good stove alcohol and store with the cap slightly loose or pressure changes will empty the bottle. It is a very neat and safe way to fill the preheat cup.

Base Camp and Spares in the UK have all the parts and ship to the USA or Canada for very reasonable cost and time.
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Not sure what you filled the cup with? It should be mentholated spirits and not kero, which is seems like you maybe using by the color of preheat flame? Another trick is to put an asbestos wick around the inside the cup, so the metho will not spill out. Light and wait till the preheated cup is nearly out and turn stove on slowly.
"mentholated" spirit......
"Asbestos"....yeah sure! good advice...
(use methylated spirit & a fibreglass wick...)
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I have 3 of these stoves; one in each boat and one in a hunting cabin. I have done most of my cooking on these for some years. Great stoves, very safe, efficient and hot.
Yep! I have one and am hunting for two more. They are very safe.

What helped me was watching Youtube videos of people lighting the same model stove I have.

Post a picture/s of your stove.

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The MOST LIKELY issue us insufficient preheat. That is caused by:
1: not filling the pre heat cup sufficiently
2: incorrect preheat fluid - look for alcohol that says it is for marine stoves. Once when stuck I used high proof white lightning rhum mixed with sterno to get it liquid enough.
3: kerosene leaking into the preheat cup - unlikely, but make sure the cup is bone dry before starting
I still make this mistake sometimes. Insufficient preheating is a common issue.

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Base Camp and Spares in the UK have all the parts and ship to the USA or Canada for very reasonable cost and time.
Correct. I actually bought my stove from The Base Camp. I had it shipped to the US. Here is their website: https://www.base-camp.co.uk/

I have also had lots of luck with Classic Camp stoves: classiccampstoves.com
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So I have a pressurized kerosene stove in my boat. it looks almost un-used. I have had a lot of issue finding information on these. The setup has a stove, a valve, and a pressurized tank.

I am unsure what I am doing wrong here.

I fill the cup and heat it up for about 2 minutes or so, open the valve, turn on the stove, and light it. I get a fairly large orange flame maybe 10% blue. Tons of soot and black smoke. goes out a lot...

I wonder if I am missing something?

I pressurize tank to about 15 PSI per instructions. Open main valve all the way.
i heat up the burner for about 2 mins with denatured alcohol. when it burns out I turn the burner on slightly and light is. it starts a huge orange flame. and i adjust the knobs to manage it, but still cloud of soot and smoke and small orange flame.

should i light with the stove knob all the way open instead of lightly opened?


i am at a loss. it basically is orange flame, soot, smoke, and stinking up the whole boat.

please help
In my opinion, it's a waste of time trying to assist those that do not respond.
Not knowing if this is a Hillerange stove or another brand, just compounds the problems of solutions.
It could even be a heater Force 10 or so.

In any case, be sure the fuel is clean and coming from a tank that's clean.
Water in your fuel will cause these issues repeatedly.
Water molecules don't burn, but will flow thru the stove as well as kerosene.

In my opinion Kero is problematic!
Convert the stove to propane, or get a dang camp stove.
At least answer those that have responded.
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Re: Help! Pressurized Kerosene Stove

Yes, it is disappointing when some of us try to help but the OP never responds: did he read the comments? did they solve the problem? It seems to me we are owed a response.

Thinking more on the problem I remember having had issues from clogging the jet inside the base (not in the burner itself). Some stoves have tiny jets that look similar to the jets in the burners but are smaller (and require a smaller wrench to remove), which is visible in the burner mount once the burner is removed. These jets help prevent surging of the kerosene pressure. They tended to clog for me if I ran the stove out of kerosene, something I now avoid doing. When clogged the burner has inadequate pressure for burning properly. Before installing jets in each burner mount my older kerosene pressure system had a jet in the outlet of the kerosene pressure tank, which could clog from dirty fuel. The new system doesn't have that jet and has an inline filter between the tank and burners so that the anti-surge jet does not plug from dirty fuel. N.B.: always fill with pristine (deodorized) kerosene, and use a filtered funnel if possible.

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Re: Help! Pressurized Kerosene Stove

Most fuel is pretty good but bad fuel happens.

RE: the leveling jet, to invent my own name can substitutes with a bit of fine brass mesh rolled up like a cigarette. Insert it into the bottom of the burner, then it will not pulse, or not as much, and is easier to clean or replace. Reducing tank pressure will also lessen pulsing. I have 2 inline filters, they don’t seem to help with pulsing much.

I once bought kero from Walmart that looked fine and burned clean. But it left burn deposits on the jet and I found the fuel turned dark brown in the burner. Really weird. That is the only “bad fuel” I ever had. I replaced my main filter cartridge because the o ring failed and leaked. The cartridge itself was still clean.
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Yes, it is disappointing when some of us try to help but the OP never responds: did he read the comments? did they solve the problem? It seems to me we are owed a response.

Thinking more on the problem I remember having had issues from clogging the jet inside the base (not in the burner itself). Some stoves have tiny jets that look similar to the jets in the burners but are smaller (and require a smaller wrench to remove), which is visible in the burner mount once the burner is removed. These jets help prevent surging of the kerosene pressure. They tended to clog for me if I ran the stove out of kerosene, something I now avoid doing. When clogged the burner has inadequate pressure for burning properly. Before installing jets in each burner mount my older kerosene pressure system had a jet in the outlet of the kerosene pressure tank, which could clog from dirty fuel. The new system doesn't have that jet and has an inline filter between the tank and burners so that the anti-surge jet does not plug from dirty fuel. N.B.: always fill with pristine (deodorized) kerosene, and use a filtered funnel if possible.

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Tanks that are left mostly empty, collect water.
They shouldn't because these are pressurized not open to a vent.
When we fired up our Cal 2-29, pressurized tank the same issues happened.
Turned out the tank was left with a quart of Kero in it and the inside was a bit rusty.
No pressure allows for some air in it, over time water collected.
We removed the tank, emptied the contents, tossed in about 20 quarter sized stones, and shook the crap outta it, till the rust stopped from coming out, pretty much dusty rust.
Flushed it and added jet fuel from an airport hangar.
Jet fuel is purified Kerosene.
Burned fine, but I prefer propane.
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