I bought one of THESE
as my back up heating option. You can get all the specs from The Manufacturer's Website
. It's 23,000 BTU's & is rated for an area of around 1000 sq. feet. That's perfect for our little house.
I know some of the old kerosene heaters have a bad reputation for smoking & not burning clean but this heater isn't one of those. It uses 1-K kerosene & burns extremely clean. There is also a super clean kerosene substitute called Klean Heat
(made by Klean Strip) which burns super clean. It's actually what I'm using in mine at the moment. Both of these are available at Home Depot. The Klean Heat kerosene substitute is pricey, it's about $12 for a gallon. I'm using mine in my house though so I was willing to pay the premium price. The 5 gallon cans of 1-K kerosene are $42 & change at Home Depot & I bought a couple of them also for another fuel option. I was hoping I would find gold in the can, but alas no, it's just priced as if there is gold in the can.
Because of the ice storms that moved thru a couple of weeks ago I was able to break out the heater & fire it up. I waited about 24 hours to use it because I'd super heated my house with my furnace in anticipation of the power going out. My whole house is electric, furnace, water heater...everything. The house was around 50 degrees when I finally fired up my heater. It was a breeze to use, it has an automatic start that uses a coil heated by two C sized batteries included in the package. It's very important to pay attention to what the directions say about finding the proper wick height & burning off the wick after the first time using it. If you get one of these make sure & pay close attention to that part of the directions.
Once the wick has been properly adjusted the heater gets hot very quickly. Make sure you give the heater at least 36" of clearance all around it. That area will be really warm, not dangerously so but enough it can really dry out any wood furniture that might be close & it would be uncomfortable for any one sitting extremely close to the heater. The heater does an excellent job of burning cleanly & warming up our little house. If you had a larger house two or three of these would be a great option, especially if you have a basement where easily frozen pipes might be located.
The days recently have been nice with night time temps dropping down in the 30's & I've used the heater maybe a half a dozen times since our power was restored just to get a better feel for it. I'm extremely happy with the way the heater functions & how clean it burns. This one definitely gets a thumbs up from me. The cost of the canned kerosene is pretty high IMO, but it burns super clean which is important if you're using it in your house. Also don't forget to properly ventilate. Carbon monoxide poisoning isn't a big fear with these new kerosene heaters but it should always be remembered that it's a possibility. Get some carbon monoxide detectors, which you should have anyway & don't seal yourself in your house & you should be fine. Always read the directions included before using something like this, the manufacturer gives you a good list of do's & dont's.