The DuraHeat 23,000 BTU Portable Kerosene Heater can help you reduce your total home heating costs as well as provide warmth to those hard-to-heat areas up to 1,000 sq. ft. The heat output is adjustable with a simple dial control and an auto-shutoff feature is built in for your safety. This heater operates without electricity and offers an excellent source of emergency heat and light during power outages.
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89%of customersrecommend this product149 of 167reviews
Rating Breakdown173 reviews
89%of customersrecommend this product149 of 167reviews
Chicago is 5 degrees, no heat in house. Running this heater for the last 3 days. House is 70 degrees. This will run for 13 - 15 hours on a tank. I do have it set a bit lower but 1100sq house is toasty until furnace is fixed. There is a slight kerosene odor after filling tank but great for any emergency.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Nice Design
I bought this originally for my garage to do work in the winter, but found I needed it in my house during an ice storm. I was out of power for days and this heater heated up my 1700 square foot house with no problem on low heat setting. It took about 12 hours to use 1 tank of fuel on low setting. It cost me about 6-7 dollars a day to run for those few days during the ice storm. The fumes were minimal. The fumes were stronger when I got close to the end on my tank of fuel. I just opened a window about 2 inches to keep it ventilated because my house is pretty air tight. I used a k-1 cleaner mix in my fuel which also helped keep the fumes to a minimal, that cost me around 7 dollars and will last you atleast a month or more of continuous use. I would reccommend this heater to anyone.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
I bought this little gem because my rented palace has a reverse cycle AC unit that eats power like a starving army eats food. Did the math---kero (at a gas station, supposedly the "right" kind) costs about $4.00 a gallon. The tank capacity on this unit is about 2 gallons. So--eight bucks to fill it. One tank of fuel lasts about 10 to 12 hours. My power bill was about $60 a month in the coldest part of the winter while using this heater.
Now--as to operation and maintenance. If you can, fill the tank outside. You will spill kerosene no matter how careful you are. The design of this unit anticipates that and if you overfill the tank (easy to do with the supplied siphon pump) a catch plate below the unit will get most if not all of the overfill. Follow the instructions to the letter the first time you light it up. Let the wick soak up the kero for at least 30 minutes--and preferrably longer. Light it outside the first time and play with the wick height control until you get heat and no smoke or smell. Then grab it by the wire cage and bring it inside--quickly.
It will get hot fairly fast. Peek at the flame and keep adjusting the wick down by putting one hand firmly on the control knob and release the safety lever with the other as the unit heats up to do this. Chances are the first time you try it you will see the wick disappear and the fire will go out. Relight it and do it again. IT IS ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE THAT YOU CHECK THE FLAME LEVEL EVERY FIVE MINUTES DURING INITIAL START UP. It will get bigger and bigger and start to smell if you don't reduce the wick level. The unit will settle down and burn evenly in about 30 minutes.
How well does it work? Here's an example--my mobile home (yeah, yeah, I know) was about 1000 sq ft. The temp in the morning was about 48 degrees inside. Within 30 mins of operation the temp rose to about 65 degrees and climbing. Within an hour it was 75.
I replaced the wick once--and once you get the bits taken apart and do it wrong once or twice you will figure out the right way to do it. Youtube has pretty good instructions as does the manual. Wicks are cheap--replace it once a season.
Now--here's the acid test. Would I buy another one? In a heartbeat.
Tip--I bought some kerosene deodorizer and added it to the fuel. It doesn't ake much.
I got this the day after Sandy. It did a beautiful job of heating my home. When my power came back, I sent it across town to my sister. This heater kept her toasty for four days. This thing is great in an emergency!
I really liked this heater for about three days. I typically would use it about eight hours a day in my shop. Beginning the third day the automatic starter stopped working, although I could see the element heating, but it was not reaching the fuel source. A few days later the control knob for the fire began to jam and I had to lower the flame by easing down on the kill switch. Finally tonight, the spring came undone and we had to use a fire extinguisher to get it to stop burning. No harm done, but I did have a frustrated wife. I have had it less than 90 days, so going to return it tomorrow and see how that goes.
Wick is not replaceable. This burner works great, however, when the wick is past it's best, it cannot be replaced. I've tried and spoke to 2 family members (who are both general contractors and allround handymen) and neither of them had any success replacing the wick. They ended up just throwing it out.
I tried to replace mine and now I have to remove the cover everytime I want to shut it down. The unit works great but it's just ridiculous.
The wick lasted at least 4 seasons, but it needs regular clean burning. The clean burning process is also very long and can take at least 4 hours (if you remove all kerosene from the tank on the first clean burn cycle).
It's a shame since the unit works great when the wick is clean. But I tried 5 times to replace the wick and I am just not able to move the wick up and down anymore once I replaced it.
When I first got this device my main concern was the safety of my family. Even though, it specified on the box that it was safe for indoors I was still a little concerned but it worked well. It exceeded my expectations
We purchased two of these heaters for emergency backup in case of power failure. We decided to test them by shutting down the heat for a day with temps in the 20's and wind about 25mph. I put one in our great room and another in our basement. The house was already down to about 60* when I started. Within a half hour the lower level and main level were at 72* and the heat wa starting to work its way to the rooms on the second story level. We are thrilled with the heat output, ease of use and these were very simple to setup out of the box. We were able to get 12 hours out of a tank of fuel on each unit. In addition they provide light in the area that they are heating. I would recommend this kerosene heater to anyone that wants a good backup source for heat or to use to take the chill off large open areas of a home at any given time. The other appeal are the safety features as well as the ability to cook on the heater if necessary. Actually feel ready for an outage.
Pros: Energy Efficient, Performs Well, Durable, Good Size & Fit, High Quality, Eco-Friendly
I recently built a small workshop where I do woodworking and I needed a way to heat it in a very cold New Jersey winter this year. I previously bought one of those propane disk heaters (sits on top of the 20gal propane tank) and it did ok in my smaller shop but it definitely wasn't up to the task in the larger shop.
I kicked around the idea of welding my own wood stove but the lack of portability and the expense of real stove pipe just made it something I didn't want to undertake (this year). So I bought this kerosene heater.
Have to say, this is a quality product. It was simple to put together, simple to light and puts off a fantastic amount of heat, especially for the footprint. Literally within ten minutes, I'm able to work in my shop in a t-shirt (shop is not insulated).
Very slight kerosene odor on startup and shutdown but really nothing to be concerned about. While it's running, it puts off zero odor. Note, this heater calls for 1-K kerosene and it burns hot and very clean.
I've been through a couple of tanks and it's just really nice to know that I can work in comfort. For me, this means the ability to make money with my small business so this heater was a great investment.
NOTE: Read the instructions. I was excited about getting it started and failed to let the wick soak up the kerosene for an hour as instructed. Fortunately I didn't damage the wick and shut it off immediately after reading the instructions. (c'mon, do we really read instructions guys?). Let it soak up into the wick for an hour before starting it.
Pros: Durable, Lots of Features, Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
Very impressed with the unit. Purchased it to supplement the central air heat in the house on cold days, but realized it was able to heat the entire 2.5 story (non-vaulted ceilings) 2,200sqft house to 71 degrees when outside temps were around 9 degrees. Leaves no smell during normal operation and only a very slight smell on startup, but shutdown generates a noticeable kerosene smell that usually dissipates in 5 minutes. It's better to shut it down in a well ventilated area if the smell is a problem. Operation time on a full tank(1.9 gals) is 10 hours following the recommended flame height setting in the product manual.
I have purchased this heater based on online review rating and let me tell you it is really one of the best kerosene heater. First off this heater during burning session is REALLY REALLY ODORLESS. The only time it produces ODOR is during shutdown and start up. So what you do is Start up in Garage for 30 min before bringing into your living spaces and shut off in garage and bingo no smell inside your home.
Second is DRY BURNING your wick is CRUCIAL KEY for ODORLESS and max efficiency out of your heater. If you are not using HOME DEPOT CLEAR K1 Kerosene which is about 10 dollars a gallon, then you will need to DRY BURN unit after every 2 gallon which is about 12 hours Operation. If you do not dry BURN your unit often your flame will get smaller and smaller and what will happen is eventually incomplete combustion will occur.
THIRD MOST IMPORTANT is WICK CONTROL KNOB This is used to control COMBUSTION efficiency (Flame Height), not a TEMPERATURE CONTROL. Most people got it wrong using this as a TEMPERATURE control, do not TURN FLAME all the way down thinking this will reduce heat and save fuel. You will be inducing odor and possibly Carbon Monoxide, the heater is design to be only on for one BTU setting no other options either ON or OFF that's it.
P.S You can buy clear K1 kerosene at gas stations for HALF the price but do remember to DRY BURN every 12 hour.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Clean, Lots of Features, Easy to Use, Sturdy, High Quality, Easy to Install, Looks Great, Stylish, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design
You will do better lighting it with a match or lighter than using the automatic start. The automatic start took too long to ignite the wick, but once it's lit it throws out the best heat. If you don't want to smell the kerosene smell don't turn it off in the same room that you will be sitting or you will be overwhelmed by the smell. Otherwise it is a good purchase.
Great heater. I used it along with a smaller Kero-Sun unit to warm up the fellowship hall in our Church. Our boiler quit during last month's cold snap and we are still a couple of weeks away from having the new unit installed. Other than a slight kerosene smell when lighting and shutting down the unit, it is virtually odorless otherwise. A tank will last most of the day at high output. I do advise people to not let the wick go dry as it takes at least an hour for the fuel to saturate a dry wick. We do store the kerosene outside and fill the stoves outside per the instructions and local fire codes.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Looks Great, Nice Design
I bought this heater and it worked good for 2 months.It then quit working and I called the maker and got big time run around, I will contact home depot to see if they can take care of replacing this unit..
I bought one of these as a back-up to my home heating system up here in Eagle River Alaska. It saved our bacon during an extended power outage in mid-winter! I have a large two-story home and it managed to keep us very comfortable! Tip: Always burn the highly purified (Kleen) Kerosene rather than the stuff at your local gas station as It will reduce the smell almost completely and ensure reliable operation every time.
Pros: Performs Well, Looks Great, Durable, Good Size & Fit, High Quality, Nice Design
I tried to ignite the stove and it would not light automatically, so I lit it with a match. The stove heats very nicely and we will be using it during power outages which are frequent here in maine. I am very satisfied with this product
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, High Quality, Easy to Install, Nice Design
This iteration of the upright kerosene heater is much easier to assemble than earlier models. It puts out slightly over its 23,000 BTu rating. Clean K-1 kerosene is a must (it is in any heater) for an odorless burn. We've been using the previous model for almost 10 years with no problems - just change the batteries and the wick as needed.
This newer model also came with a new siphon pump - I'd recommend an electric (battery powered) pump, but the hand pump is good in a pinch.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, High Quality, Easy to Install
Cons: poor instructions
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Review 20 for 23,000 BTU Kerosene Portable Heater
PostedOctober 28, 2011
i have been heating a 600 sq ft log cabin with a 1:1 pitch roof for the past three winters with the unit and find it an excellent product. Top the tank at 9 pm and it runs well into the morning hours. I can bring the cabin from 5 degrees to 50 degrees in under 20 minutes with no kero smell. I tried elec base board units but extremely expensive in comparison. Maintenance of the wick is very important and I had the same problem as another reviewer in that the unit has not operated properly since changing the wick this past spring. There are probably a few tricks to getting the wick properly replaced and I would recommend you find a local plumbing/heater repair shop to do the work.