If you pre-heated the second burner, there shouldn't have been a problem lighting
it. Only thing I could think of that would be a problem is a bad burner/parts.
We had a Kerosene stove
for 4 years of cruising and liveaboard
. It worked great after we learned the foibles of Kero. We burned paint
thinner in ours. It was cheaper than Kero and was easy to find in five gallon tins at that time. Haven't seen it in large tins recently, however. Kerosene works fine but don't try burning #1 diesel
or other ersatz fuel
. It will gum up the burners. We also found that adjusting the burner with the control knob caused major problems. We left the burners on wide open and used cast iron trivets/flame diverters, or whatever they are called, to reduce the heat. Not a problem for 4 years once we started doing that. The oven
temperature came up to something like 350/400 with the burner running wide open. That seemed to be perfect for what she made. Know the baked goodies sure tasted good.
I really like kerosene and have just bought a Taylors Stove for my new boat
. For cruising, you can find kerosene anywhere, even remote
islands that are too small support a proper store. The fuel
burns hot, unlike alcohol, and will boil water
quickly in large pots, can you say lobster or for morning coffee. kerosene also goes a long ways. We took 10 gallons extra fuel with us on our cruise
to French Polynesia
and didn't need to refuel for a year of daily use.
Primus or someone used to make a priming bottle. It was gravity fed and was easy to meter out the alcohol for preheating. I haven't seen one advertised anywhere, now, unfortunately. Will try and find a plastic medical
irrigation bottle with a spout as a replacement. Have heard of people using a propane torch to preheat the burners but it seemed a little too wild for my taste. After all, the biggest benefit of kerosene is it's safety
. Using a propane torch kind of defeats that.