Portable Radiant Kerosene Heater - 10,000 BTU, Model# CTN110
Best for the money
I have repaired quite a few kerosene heaters. Wick replacements and ignition coil starters. Mostly normal maintenance.
When proper maintenance is performed, this is one of the best heaters on the market.
Notice the combustion cylinder appears to be longer in the photo. It is longer and narrower than most heaters of this style. Efficiency seems greater on this model than on comparable ones. There is also a heat chamber over the top of the cylinder. This chamber accumulates heat and distributes gravity feed heated air out the front of the unit. The unit itself can be warm to the touch on the top, but not nearly as hot as comparable models. Again, because of the design of the heating cylinder below the upper surface of the unit.
I've used this unit in my workshop for the last three months. I'm very satisfied with the efficiency in heating and kerosene consumption.
Older models of this perticular unit allowed the wick to be advanced with a simple tear down and repositioning of the wick. Not for sure on this one as I've not had to work on it..... at all.
The unit also employes an ignition plug. Verses the ole glow coil. Much more efficient and should last longer.
Doesn't hurt to read up on the maintenance instructions. As this unit is much more efficient in operation and efficiency when the wick is allowed to burn completely down, and, out of kerosene. I light mine and let it burn again after the first burn down. Sooooo, I'm letting it burn down twice. Then I remove the cylinder and bruch the top of the wick with a nylon bristle brush and check for carbon build up before putting the unit back in operation.
Try to stay away from the kerosene that has dye in it. I've had some heaters go thru here with excessive carbon build up. So bad that the wick is frozen in place. Red dye kerosene seems to be the culprit.
I'm running out of gas(kero). And you're probablyi getting tired of reading this. Soooooo, just get one. Do the maintenance as in the owneres manual. And, you'll beee a happy camper........ *^* goodday
February 26, 2013
This heater is well made and easy to use. Smell is a minimal and nothing compared to the older heaters. Great bargain and very satisfied.
January 9, 2013
Works well with some quirks
I bought this heater last year during the last heater sale. I used it a few times last year, but burned less than a gallon of Kerosene. So far this year, I've used it a lot more and the season just started.
One time the wick dropped unexpectedly. I ran the unit about 6 or so hours since then and haven't had it repeat.
As others have written, I only notice the smell of Kerosene when starting it up and shutting it down, but that is brief and dissipates quickly.
The heat produced is sufficient for my needs. I have a 20'x30' work shop that the previous owner insulated the walls but not the roof (why?) and this heater is able to raise the temp from the 20's up to the high 50's, low 60's. More than enough for me to lose the jacket and get to work. I would imagine if the roof had some insulation, I'd be able to get even more out of the unit.
Overall, the unit works great. The first light is hard lately and this is due to the wick moving away from the arc. Simply lifting the glass and metal canister and blowing in will get it going, however. After the first light of the day, she's fine. I've thought about playing with the wick, but I'm nervous that I may make it worse. This is the only reason why I give it 4 out of 5 stars, instead of the full 5.
January 3, 2013
Kerosene heater won't turn off
I received this heater less then a month ago. At first it worked fine. Heated my whole downstairs. About a week after using it the ignition stopped lighting the wick. Too light with a match, you had to take the whole chamber off, light the wick and try and put the chamber back on correctly. Most times the chamber would not go back on correctly. After 3 weeks when you hit the shut off button, 1/2 the time the wick would not turn off the whole way. Called customer service, very nice to deal with. They will be sending paperwork to send back at their cost. I've had other heaters like this and they did work fine. Hopefully this was just a defective one.
October 30, 2012
Great heater for workshop/man cave
I bought this heater last winter for use in my partially finished basement. I have heat ducts (forced air) on the ceiling in the basement, but it seems to stay very cool in the winter. I spend a lot of time my basement (mancave) at my reloading bench, but sometimes it is uncomfortably cold. This little heater easily heats up my entire basement. As long as you use clean kerosene and start/stop the heater outside, there are little to no fumes. After using the heater regularly throughout one winter, I could not smell any remnants of kerosene fumes in the basement. The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is because the wick is specific to this model, and is not readily available at home improvement stores in my area. Other than that, I'd highly recommend this product if you are looking to use it similarly to the way I do.
October 16, 2012
Very Nice Heater
I got this heater for just in case. Worked out very nicely. Keeps a room toasty when one doesn't have a fireplace.
January 20, 2012
Great Heater and Great Price!
This puts out plenty of heat and is easy to operate.
These are great as backup heat in case of power outages, or to heat the garage if you are working on a winter project.
January 16, 2012
This heater is really easy to use. Filling the tank is easy, and lighting it is easy. It throws out some great heat and heats our home real fast. It does have a kerosene smell when it is first lit, but after it has been burning for a few minutes it goes away.
January 13, 2012
Had to buy two more after I got the first one!
I got the first heater and followed the instructions on first starting it up. Fill tank, let set for 1 hour, then light outside and let it "burn in" for at least 3 hours. you definitely need to do the burn in time to get rid of the oils that are on the hot surfaces. Once that is done there is no odor while the heater is in operation.
Just to be safe I got a brand new smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors and installed then right over where I was going to use this heater. I ran the heater nonstop under these detectors for 10 hours and they never complained. My mother and my daughter were so impressed with this little heater they asked me to get them one... so I bought two more heaters and had them delivered to them.
I'm only giving this heater 4 stars because all three heaters came with battery's that were very old and leaking and needed to be disposed of. It would be better if they are not included at all. Also the battery compartment is kind of flimsy and has no door over the batteries when installed. This is not a major issue as the batteries are not falling out. It just could have been build in properly with a door and not look like an afterthought and was scabbed in.
Other than the battery issue I'm in love with this little guy. I couldn't be happier. The price was very reasonable too.
January 10, 2012
The lever does not stay down, hard to iginite, and does not produce as much heat as a similar, older unit I have with the same BTU rating.
January 9, 2012