The Rope Wick stove is the cadillac of kerosene stoves. Most people will prefer this stove for its durability and ease of use. The cost is a little more, but well worth it. The stove holds over a gallon of kerosene and will burn more than 15 hours at 9,000 BTU's.
Sturdy, attractive, and this one comes already assembled
This 7000-btu stove is used around the world for its simplicity of design. It has 10 rope wicks arranged in a circle that feed into a center burner. This is the world workhorse of kerosene stoves, and works with simplicity and efficiency. It is economical to use and works like a dream.
Install the wicks, turn the knob, fill with kerosene and you have an efficient stove that is simple and cheap to operate. Size is approx. 12" square and 10" tall.
The wire rack on the stove top is made specifically to fit the #2421 Oven which keeps the oven from sliding. The rack can be inverted for a lower profile.
With cooking, you can get a kerosene stove for around $50.00. The wood stoves are not even close to this price. The wood stoves, again, are $800-$1,400.
Kerosene is often about half the price of natural gas or electric heating or cooking methods.
Finally, The Food Storage Institute has recommended that kerosene stoves are one of the best options for cooking food storage. And, The Disaster Prepardeness Network of Maine, recommends that kerosene stoves and heaters be set aside for disasters.
The most important part of keeping kerosene safe is to vent it properly. Many heaters and stoves are unvented. In that case, simply crack the window open an inch or open an adjacent door. Kerosene products should not be used in small closed rooms without ventilation. In general, kerosene stoves and heaters are much safer than people think because they have had much safety innovation over the years.
1- Gasoline is difficult to store and more expensive to purchase.
2- Wood is more expensive than kerosene and less convenient to use.
3- Kerosene, wood, and gasoline work great off grid.
4- Mineral oil lamps are more expensive to use than kerosene and many have lower flash points making them less safe. For example, mineral spirit lamps.
5- Whale oil works well, but is no longer available.
6- Natural gas and electricity are the most convenient, but not likely to be available in a disaster.
7- Kerosene is the easiest heating or cooking fuel to transport.
8- Kerosene uses wicks that will eventually need to be replaced.
9- Kerosene requires you to clean the burner or stove as routine maintenance.
10- Gas generators are noisy.
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