No problem hijacking this thread. Any and all discussion of these stoves
is welcome. I started the thread because I know little about the alcohol and diesel stoves
and am comparing them to kerosene. I have learned a bunch about the alc and diesel burners thanks to this forum. What I CAN address is your kerosene troubles - I lived with a beautiful kerosene stove
/ heater that had the same burners as yours (at least as far as I could tell by your photos). Unfortunately, I sold the stove
with that boat - how I miss it! Now if I could only get a stove that nice again for my new boat (hence my desire for education about alternatives).
In short - to run a kerosene burner; I kept a chemists squeeze bottle that only held a about 10 ounces of alcohol to prime the burners (small bottle for safety). Filling the heater cup about 1/8 full was fine, it needed to heat for about 1 minute with open alcohol flame before turning the kerosene knob on at all. DO NOT PRE-HEAT WITH KEROSENE! That would cause such a smokey mess! After the full pre heat turn the burner on and it should light off of the last alcohol in the cup. If you miss the golden window of that, have another ignition source to light the kerosene burner asap at this time. You only have a few seconds before the burners pre-heat is lost. The advice that was given previously that (more pressure in the system is better" is a disaster in the making. You often hear of sensational flair-ups while starting these burners... I have to think too much pressure is responsible for most of these these. A flare up is fairly common when you have not pre-heated enough... but they are not a source of hyped concern. When you have a nice flame one day (blue with very little or no yellow) see how far you can let the pressure dwindle to before it does turn yellow and then just operate a handful of psi over that (give the system a few pumps
). If you are not able to get good flame check that all of the tiny holes are open that the gas spreads out through... you can use a needle file to clean them out and the cleaner they are the more efficient your burner will be. You DO NOT NEED ANY REFINED, OR SPECIAL KEROSENE. A regular grade is fine. But beware that the poorer the grade the more your burners will foul and require maintenance. You really should read about this and be able to pull the burners apart fully for cleaning.... if you are not able to obtain a nice flame from this information.
If your tanks don't leak and you run a clean flame your family will not know what you heat with. Be sure to toss a CO detector in your boat - carbon monoxide is deadly and nothing to mess with.... you clearly have a problem if your clothes smell and I am seriously concerned for your life. Get it straight and enjoy your stove. It is a nice one!