Kerosene portable heaters have become popular heating units of a home because it’s cheaper than electricity in some parts of the country. However, don’t ever use kerosene heaters as a main heat source. Take a look at what wikipedia says. And don’t confuse kerosene heaters with propane heaters.
As you know kerosene is a gas and when gas burns it needs oxygen. As your kerosene heater burns the oxygen it is then replaced by many different gases including kerosene carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide just to name a few. What that really means is you need to be careful and provide proper ventilation. It’s wise to open a nearby window or door to properly ventilate your room.
Truthfully kerosene forced air heaters are ideal for construction sites that have access to fresh air. I have two sets of friend that live in an area where they experience power outages for days. Both of them purchased the Sengoku cv-2230 keroheat in the basement when their power went out, but they did leave a window cracked open to allow fresh air to enter the home. My inlaws on the other hand use a kerosene convection heater every time the power goes out in their area. They follow the kerosene heater safety rules like keeping it out of the main traffic flow, keep it at least 3 ft away from walls or anything combustible, and they crack the window open.
We’ve used our kerosene portable heaters downstairs (before we purchased the holmes space heaters) the winter when we want to work down there. Now with the Holmes in the basement we simply use the kerosene portable heaters outside in the garage. The only thing we are very careful of is adding the proper kerosene heater fuel. Kerosene comes in two types:
1-K kerosene fuel and 2-K kerosene fuel.
The difference is in the amount of sulfur it contains. The 1-K has less and that is the recommended fuel for our kerosene radiant heater. We never use any other type of fuel in this unit and we’ve never had problems. Sure the kerosene heater wick will go out on us, but that’s an easy fix, especially for the heat it can produce.
Brand Names of Kerosene Portable Heaters
Below is a list of “some” of the kerosene portable heaters you can find. The ones we found have the higher ratings from customers who have purchased this portable ceramic heaters.
Kerosene heaters like wood stoves, fireplaces or pellet stoves will be measured in BTU’s. For example you might find a 000-BTU Portable Kerosene Heater and where the 000 is it will usually give you a number around 4000, 10,000 or even 15,000 for the commercial heaters. The higher the number the more square footage it will heat. And yes you can get some really big air forced heaters which are not even close to the sizes you see with something like the honeywell portable heaters.
- Sengoku CT-1100 KeroHeat Radiant 10,600-BTU Portable Kerosene Heater
- Sengoku OR-77 HeatMate Omni-Radiant 10,000-BTU Portable Kerosene Heater
- DuraHeat DH2304 Convection Kerosene Heater Portable Indoor 23K BTU
- HEAT MATE HMN-110 Radiant Kerosene Heater – 10,000 BTU
- Ace Hardware HMHR1101 Heat Mate Radiant Kerosene Heater
- ProTemp PT-55-SS Portable Kerosene Forced Air Heater
- Northern Tool CT-1100 Radiant Kerosene Heater
- World Marketing of America KC1208 Portable Indoor Kerosene Heater
- World Marketing DFA45 DuraHeat Kerosene/Forced Air Heater
- Mr. Heater F270255 MH50KR Contractor 50,000-BTU Forced-Air Kerosene Heater
- Mr. Heater MH125KT Forced Air Kerosene Heater
Shopping Tips for Kerosene Portable Heaters
We highly recommend shopping for kerosene portable heaters reviews online before you make a purchase. One of the best places is Amazon because a lot of customers share their experiences in the reviews found below the actual heater. Take the positives/negative reviews, look at the price guide and then make a decision. You will find the lowest and cheapest prices by looking at several of the heaters on the page. Don’t be alarmed if you see two or three identical kerosene heaters with different price tags. That is because when the retailer submits to Amazon they did not see their competitors price or they will bump up the price when they see their competitors running low on stock. Look also for items ships for free because you will get free shipping if you shop around.