View Full Version : Kerosene Heater Owners - Have you cooked food on the top of your unit?
I finally purchased a Kerosene heater to help keep the garage warm this winter when I'm working and of course in case of power/natural gas loss.
Has anyone here cooked up some grub on the top of theirs? I imagine it gets hot enough to at least boil some water.
Any hints on maintenance?
Thanks in advance Gentlemen.
I have two and love them. I removed a top safety grate on one so I could put a pan of water on it to help humidify the dry air. I would cook on it if I needed to. Regular pans with some type of resin handle will not work well as the handle would hit the heat stream coming up from the unit and get damaged. If you do cook I would recommend getting a pot or pan with a metal handle and then use a pot holder.
Maintenance is easy, when you first start up, go full blast to get the heater warmed up and get the convection process going then jog the chimney, then turn down after about 5 to 10 minutes. Never any lower than allowing the orange glow to break up and not be solid a full 360 degrees around chimney. If you do, you will get smoke and a bad kerosene smell. Sometimes it gets so warm that I have to extinguish, because I do not want to go too low and damage the wick. I also carefully move mine out the door and extinguish outside and let it sit for 15 minutes and then bring it back inside. Also, and most importantly is to be careful and not get moisture in the kerosene as this could destroy the wick.
I could see warming food up, but not neccesarily cooking it. I often place a pie plate of water on top of my heater to add some humidity when running.
we have a kerosun unit in our hunting camp, and I've used it to heat up random canned foods while still in the can. Works great, as for cooking maybe removing the heat "cage" shield would work better.
Here is a great addition to your kero heater. http://www.lanternnet.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=WKL&Product_Code=DHL2000&Category_Code=DL
It will address your question as well as add a source for light.
For cooking we use cast Iron dutch ovens.'08.
Stews and soups would be OK, we put a 20 qt stockpot on ours just to heat water for washing and such during the '09 ice storm. It would get the water hot enough to boil, but took a long time. for power out cooking, we use a good old fashioned.. and just plain old, Coleman white gas stove. We keep 4-5 gallons of the gas around, lasts forever.
Back in my commercial fishing days the Cambodian proccessing crews would cook a little but of whatever they were shucking (fish, crabs, scallops, shrimp, etc) on top of the propane mushroom style heaters.
They would then mix it in with their rice and steamed veggies for meals. They only cookware they used was the shell (if mullosk or crustacean) or a bit of tin foil for fish.
I too have used it to boil water to put moisture in the air.
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